Two of the biggest clubs in the Premier League will take on each other for the race to the top four. Manchester United will take on the sixth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League this Sunday at Emirates. After a crucial away-win against Celta Vigo in the first leg of Europa League’s semi final, Jose Mourinho has hinted to rest some key players ahead of the game on Sunday as a ploy to focus more on winning the Europa League.
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Both sides have had an indifferent season so far and are almost out of the race to grab a Champions League spot with only four matchweeks left. But a tiny ray of hope is still there. A win would be vital for either of the side but the losing side will have no way to catch up with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Manchester United were held to a draw by Swansea last week, while Arsenal were thumped by Spurs in the North London Derby. Jose Mourinho is not prioritizing the domestic competition as of now, whereas Arsene Wenger is now playing for pride. He wants to finish his last season at Emirates on a high.
Jose Mourinho has already hinted of resting some of the key players on Sunday against Arsenal. Thursday night hero, Marcus Rashford is expected to stay on bench as he limped off after scoring the goal against Celta. Ashley Young is set to miss the game as well due to injury while Marouane Fellaini is still suspended. Arsenal will be without Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez whereas Shkodran Mustafi has returned to full training after injury.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial
Arsene Wenger: "People want to win."If you don't win the championship, the FA Cup, the Champions League, it is absolutely disastrous. But if you look back in the last three years, we won the FA Cup twice and finished second, third and fourth. We are in the FA Cup final again. Overall, I believe we are not happy because you want to win absolutely everything.”
Jose Mourinho: "The players that are in accumulation, the players that are with lots of minutes because we played nine matches in April and this one, so 10 matches in four-and-a-half weeks. The players that are in accumulation, they are not going to play next weekend."
With Champions League qualification out of sight for both the sides, we can still expect this to be a cracking encounter. Can Jose Mourinho’s side secure a win at Emirates this Sunday? Shoot your predictions now.