Our trip to Old Trafford this Sunday could have a massive impact on where we finish this season, and taking all three points is crucial. A loss would all but put an end to our hopes of finishing second, and could even see us lose third spot to Louis van Gaal’s side.
The whole team will need to be at its best, but the game could be decided in a few key areas of the pitch.
Here are four key battles which could go a long way towards deciding the outcome of our clash with Manchester United:
4) Hector Bellerin vs Ashley Young
Bellerin has arguably already usurped Mathieu Debuchy as our first-choice right-back, and has been excellent in his breakout season. Ashley Young looks like a new player under Louis van Gaal though, and has been one of Manchester United’s best players so far this campaign.
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The England international has pace, trickery, and certainly doesn’t need to be asked twice to hit the deck if he feels he can win a free-kick or a penalty. He has put some lethal balls into the box this season, and with the aerial dominance of Marouane Fellaini, we have to cut off the supply.
Our young Spaniard will not only need to be at his best, but he will need back up from whoever Arsene Wenger opts to deploy on the right of midfield.