If United win today they can climb all the way to ninth (assuming they score enough goals), whereas Arsenal could leapfrog Tottenham and move to seventh – these clubs should be nowhere these positions.
It’s early in the season and injuries plus fatigue are doing strange things to the usual cartel (even if Liverpool are back on top) and some teams are only starting to find form, with players reaching full fitness a few weeks after the season started. United are definitely one of these. Scott McTominay in particular has gone from looking ropey to performing so well it’s hard to see how OGS drops him and I’ll be interested to see the starting lineups today.
Arsenal have switched between a 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 in recent weeks, using a system which alternates between the two shapes depending on where the ball is. Mikel Arteta’s team are a lot more defensive than many of us might have expected but the foundations for any great side come at the back, just look at Liverpool with Van Dijk and Alisson.
This could be a tactical battle between the two managers. Man Utd adapt their starting lineup depending on the opponent and aren’t tied to one particular set of tactical ideals, instead approaching games with the same philosophy each time: counter-attack quickly whenever you can, keep the ball, win a penalty.
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