Manchester United v Arsenal team news & stats

Date published: Friday 26th February 2016 1:28

David De Gea: Could return for Manchester United against Arsenal

Manchester United are unbeaten in eight Premier League home games against Arsenal going into Sunday’s latest encounter at Old Trafford.

Team news

Anthony Martial is a doubt for United having missed Thursday night’s Europa League win over FC Midtjylland with a hamstring injury sustained in the warm-up, but David de Gea is expected to return from a knee problem for Louis van Gaal’s hosts.

Defenders Chris Smalling (shoulder) and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (unspecified) might also be available, but several other players are much further away from making their comebacks.

Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who injured his knee against Barcelona, but Gabriel expects to be in contention for a return in defence.

Kick-off at Old Trafford on Sunday is at 2.05pm.

Opta stats

  • Manchester United have won six and lost none of their last eight Premier League games against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
  • The Gunners’ win against United at Emirates Stadium earlier this season ended a run of eight Premier League matches without a victory against the Red Devils (W0 D3 L5).
  • Manchester United (33) have scored fewer goals after 26 league games than in any season since 1989-90 (30).
  • Manchester United have earned fewer points than in any other Premier League campaign after 26 games (41).
  • Arsenal have only won two of their last seven Premier League away matches (W2 D3 L2), this following a run of 12 away matches where they won 10.
  • Arsenal have kept five clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches.
  • Just 21% of the attempts Arsenal have made in the Premier League this season have been from outside the box, the lowest proportion in the top division.
  • Manchester United and Arsenal have dropped seven points from winning positions away from home, the joint-most in the Premier League.
  • Only three players (Thierry Henry 20 in 2002/03, Frank Lampard 18 in 2004/05 and Cesc Fabregas, 18 in 2014/15) have assisted more goals in a single Premier League season than Mesut Ozil (17) in 2015/16.
  • Manchester United have scored 995 goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League.


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