Arsenal v Manchester United match preview
Friday 29 April 2011
Manchester United travel to the Emirates on Sunday with the possibility of doing the double over Arsenal for the second season running. Two Arsenal own goals helped United towards home and away wins last term.
This season’s first league clash in December saw Ji-Sung Park fire United to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. United leapfrogged the Gunners to go two points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. Arsenal have since taken a nosedive in form and now trail United by nine points with four games to play.
Arsenal will welcome the home advantage this weekend: they have failed to score at Old Trafford in both games between the clubs this season. United claimed a 2-0 FA Cup win in March, inspired by some world class goalkeeping by Edwin van der Sar.
Dimitar Berbatov has never scored against Arsenal in a United shirt, but has only ever played one full game against them. Ji-Sung Park has managed the feat in each of the last three seasons and even both of the Da Silva twins have netted against the Gunners.
The partnership between Rooney and Hernandez has blossomed in recent weeks and, judging by the substitutions made earlier this week against Schalke, it seems likely that Ferguson will use them to slice through the Arsenal defence. Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs is likely to be rested as Ferguson seeks to keep him fresh for the second-leg of United’ Champions League semi-final next week.
United were victorious in the same fixture last year. They took the lead in little over half an hour as Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia hooked a Nani cross into his own net. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Ji-Sung Park finished off a wholly bad day at the office for the Spaniard. Thomas Vermaelen pulled one back for Arsenal, but they were unable to capitalise as United ran out 3-1 winners.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile