The head to head records would suggest that Manchester United will be heading to Wembley after this gigantic clash in the FA Cup sixth round. Arsenal have an awful record at Old Trafford, and are winless at the ‘theatre of dreams’ since 2006. But the old magic of the cup could see an unlikely Arsenal victory against the Red Devils.
The Gunners are the form team coming into the match, wining four out of their last five games. But United are just one point and place behind their visitors and boast a strong defensive record at home.
Van Gaal would love to cap his first year off with a top four finish and a trophy, the FA Cup the only prospect of silverware, and victory against the trophies holders could not only boast their chances of ending the campaign at Wembley in the final, but also push on for Champions League football.
Wenger will be hoping his Old Trafford hoodoo will be over as he looks to retain his crown of FA holders. Both these sides have won the competition the most (11) and been runners-up the most (7), so winning the prestigious competition would also set a new record, one both clubs would love to achieve.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Arsenal 1 (Giroud) Manchester United 2 (Gibbs og, Rooney), November 2014
Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0, February 2014
Manchester United 1 (Van Persie) Arsenal 0, November 2013
Manchester United have only lost once to the Gunners in all competitions (W11 D3).
Arsenal have not won at old Trafford since September 2006, when Emanuel Adeybayor scored the winner five minutes from time.
Manchester United have only lost once at home (against Southampton) since their opening day defeat by Swansea.
They have the joint second best home defensive record with Southampton, conceding ten goals. Only Chelsea have conceded less.
Arsenal have lost their last their last two FA Cup games against Manchester United, conceding six and scoring none, since defeating the Red Devils on penalties in 2005.
The Gunners have won three of their last four away matches in the league, only losing in the North London derby.
Manchester United to win: 2.45
Arsenal to win: 3.2
TV: Live on BBC1 at 7.45pm