Arsenal-Manchester United Preview
Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick has yet to speak to Ralf Rangnick despite the German's appointment as interim boss being confirmed this week.
Carrick will oversee Thursday's home match with Arsenal while Rangnick awaits a work permit, which is expected to go through before Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace.
There have been suggestions Rangnick had a big say in United's team selection for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea, but Carrick has denied that is the case as the two men have yet to meet.
"It's pretty much as it was because of the process and work permit, we've not been able to (talk to each other)," Carrick said.
"We've carried on as we have done. It's worked well for last two games and hopefully it does against Arsenal."
Carrick has guided United to a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal and that creditable draw at Stamford Bridge ahead of Rangnick's official arrival in the dugout.
United will be out to keep their momentum going against Arsenal, who themselves travel to Old Trafford in good form thanks to a run of nine wins in their last 12 games in all competitions.
Arsenal are five points better off than their opponents and boss Mikel Arteta wants his side to focus on themselves, rather than an unpredictable United team between managers.
"You know what you expect when you play at that stadium and in front of that crowd and with a team and a squad that is probably one of the most talented in the league," he said.
"But it's very difficult tactically because we don't know how they're going to prepare the game, the options they can play, the formation can vary.
"So it's focused more on ourselves, what we can do, and make sure the team is focused to go there and beat them."
Manchester United - Cristiano Ronaldo
After finishing outside the top three on the Ballon d'Or list for the first time since 2010, and being left out of the starting line-up last time out, Ronaldo perhaps has a point to prove.
He has scored six goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competition for United, although just one of those goals has come at Old Trafford (in April 2008).
Arsenal - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang's place in the side is under threat following Gabriel Martinelli's big impact in last weekend's win against Newcastle United, but he is expected to start this match.
The Gabon international has scored in his last two league trips to Old Trafford and could become the first Arsenal player to score in three straight away games against United.
- United are winless in their last six Premier League meetings with Arsenal - they have never gone seven league games without a win against the Gunners before.
- Following their 1-0 win at Old Trafford last season, Arsenal are looking to win consecutive away league games against United for the first time since February 1979.
- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three meetings with United in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 13 against them. They have never kept a clean sheet in four consecutive games against the Red Devils before.
- The Red Devils have lost just two of their 14 Premier League matches on a Thursday (W8 D4), with those defeats coming at Middlesbrough in December 2002 (3-1) and at home to Liverpool in May last season (4-2).
- Each of the last eight Premier League goals at Old Trafford have been scored against United - the Red Devils have never previously conceded nine consecutive goals at the ground in the competition without replying themselves. The last time they had a run of eight home goals conceded without scoring in between was from February to March 2014.
Updated December 1, 2021