Manchester United will be aiming to revive their top-four aspirations in the Premier League when they take on old-time rivals Arsenal on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
But Jose Mourinho’s men, who battled from 2-0 down to draw at Southampton on Saturday, will be up against an Arsenal side that are unbeaten in 19 matches across all competitions.
Now eight points off the last Champions League qualification spot, the Red Devils know they do not have enough games to close the gap.
As for Arsenal, they should be confident going into this game after subduing their bitter rivals Tottenham 4-2 last weekend.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 9:00pm (in Nigeria).
Where To watch match
All active DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa will have access to the match on SuperSport 3.
What the coaches are saying
“We have like eight or nine points from fourth, I don’t think we need a miracle at all,” Jose Mourinho told Sky Sport.
“We need a good run of results, not waste points we shouldn’t waste. Last week before the Crystal Palace game I told my hopes and targets were end of December to be in that position.
“The targets change but in the sense let’s try to close the distance the best we can and be very close to these positions, I think far from a miracle.
“We just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have, we need some players to perform better than they are we need to perform better as a team but far from a miracle.”
And as for Arsenal’s Unai Emery, the game would confirm if the Gunners have, indeed, hit their strides.
Emery said: “It will be a very big challenge for us and it will confirm our good moment, or whether we need more. It is very difficult to win there because they are a very big team with big players and have a big atmosphere pushing them, but it is an exciting match and my motivation is very big.”
Possible Man Utd starters: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial.
Possible Arsenal starters: Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Head to head
Man United and Arsenal have met on 52 occasions in the Premier League, with United recording 24 wins while the Gunners got the better of them on 13 occasions.
Sixteen of those wins have come at Old Trafford, with Arsenal recording just three wins at United.