Arsenal have lost their last two in a row in the league, against Manchester City and Leicester, and would have watched on as Spurs scored six at today’s venue last month.
Manchester United warmed up by thrashing RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League thanks in large part to Marcus Rashford’s hat-trick as a substitute.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his men can bring that attacking prowess into this clash, having watched them labour in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last weekend.
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Arsenal team news
Arsenal will look to recall Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney to their defence for today’s trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The pair were rested for Thursday’s Europa League win over Dundalk, but should return for this huge clash at Old Trafford.
Arsenal are light on bodies at centre-back, with Gabriel, Shkodran Mustafi and William Saliba their only available options for Sunday.
Saliba is still yet to make his Arsenal debut and is therefore unlikely to start, but he could make the bench.
Tierney should form a back-three with Gabriel and Mustafi, while ahead of them Thomas Partey is due to return in midfield after being rested on Thursday.
Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin were also given a night off against Dundalk, but look ready to come in as the wing-backs.
Going forward, Mikel Arteta has a debate over what to do. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could lead the line, but it is more likely he starts on the left.
Alexandre Lacazette can then play through the middle, with the fit-again Willian expected to play wide right.
Predicted Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Mustafi, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Partey, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Team news from Villa Park
Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Traore, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins
Subs: Steer, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Nakamba, Engels, Elmohamady, Davis
Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Walcott, Ings, Adams
Subs: Stephens, Long, Redmond, Djenepo, Diallo, N’Lundulu, Forster
It’s a busy Sunday in the Premier League, with today’s Old Trafford clash the third of four games.
First up it’s Aston Villa hosting Southampton at midday, team news from Villa Park has just landed, before Everton make the trip to Newcastle.
The day finishes in Tottenham as Brighton visit the capital.
Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.
We have Simon Collings at Old Trafford today.
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