Manchester United host an Arsenal side managed by Arsene Wenger for the final time at Old Trafford on Sunday and the lineups for what promises to be an enthralling Premier League fixture have been revealed.
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United, as expected, are trotting out in a full-strength 4-3-3 with just one notable change.
David de Gea retains his place in goal, with Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof Chris Smalling and Ashley Young the preferred defenders for the night.
The Swede Lindelof comes into the side at Phil Jones’ expense.
Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are the familiar faces in midfield while up front it’s Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.
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David Ospina starts in goal for the visitors, with Hector Bellerin, Callum Chambers, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Sead Kolasinac lining up ahead of the South American custodian.
It’s a first Premier League start for debutant Mavropanos as Wenger seems to be prioritising their European exploits over their domestic ambitions.
Ainsely Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Alex Iwobi, Reiss Nelson, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkitaryan complete the Gunners’4-3-3.
The Red Devils are favourites to win the clash at the Theatre of Dreams, a venue the Gunners haven’t won at since 2006, but will be wary of complacency against the North Londoners.
After their disappointing but energy-sapping midweek draw against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League, it remains to be seen if the Gunners can return to winning ways.
Wenger will be in the opposition dugout for the final time in this fixture as his 22-year-old reign comes to an end, but keeping in mind Arsenal’s poor away record this season, it is highly unlikely their long-serving tactician will get an ideal sending off.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia (C), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Pogba, Matic, Lingard, Sanchez and Lukaku.
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Iwobi, Nelson, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.
Match kicks off at 16.30 GMT/2100 IST.