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PREVIEW: Jaded United Welcome Arsenal Still Hopeful Of First Title In 20 Years

Super Sunday’s offering sees Manchester United welcome Arsenal to the Old Trafford.

Battered by Crystal Palace on Monday night, Erik ten Hag’s men have it all to do against the Gunners still chasing their first Premier League since 2004.

Arsenal were victorious in the first meeting between these sides back in early September, with stoppage-time goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus helping Mikel Arteta’s side to a 3-1 triumph. A repeat of that result would be welcomed with open arms by the north London club.

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The hosts have received a huge quadruple boost with the news that Marcus Rashford, Lisandro Martinez, Bruno Fernandes, and Scott McTominay are all back in team training.

Anthony Martial could even make a rare appearance, having also taken part in full training a few months on from his groin operation, but Ten Hag has confirmed that Sunday will come too soon for the injury-riddled Martinez.

Tyrell Malacia (knee), Willy Kambwala (unspecified), Victor Lindelof (thigh), Raphael Varane (muscle), Harry Maguire (muscle) and Luke Shaw (thigh) remain out of action alongside new absentee Mason Mount,

For Arsenal, Arteta said in his press conference that both Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu were slight doubts, which could very well have just been smoke and mirrors from the Gunners boss.

There is still a faint question mark hanging over Jurrien Timber’s head too; the Dutchman has now played two games for the Under-21s after his ACL injury but did not cut the Bournemouth victory.

Timber would only make the bench at Old Trafford anyway, as Arteta is in no position to make any changes to a winning formula, so Thomas Partey should continue as the visitors’ number six over Jorginho, who has just penned a contract extension in North London.

Now on 20 goals for the season in all competitions, Saka has five contributions against Man United in the Premier League, three of his own and two assists – only Thierry Henry boasts more direct involvements for the title-chasing Gunners in this fixture – and it would be a surprise not to see him start despite his apparent setback.

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