In 13 competitive matches against Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho has never tasted defeat. The current Manchester United boss was the scourge of the Gunners while he was at charge of Chelsea, but this clash on Saturday looks more to be even on paper, given Manchester United’s injury concerns and suspension worries. United are 6 points behind their opponents in Saturday, and a defeat at this stage could have damning consequences to their aims for the season. Mourinho is set to be without up to seven players for the clash against their bitter rivals.
Eric Bailly was ruled out for two months after picking up an injury in the 4-0 demolition of his team at Chelsea which will rule him out till December. Centre-back partner on that day, Chris Smalling has also been declared injured and will be out for a month. He was criticised by his manager, who questioned his loyalty and bravery for wanting to play for Manchester United. Antonio Valencia is currently recovering from a broken right arm, while Luke Shaw is also doubtful for the game. The 21 year old England international declared himself unavailable after suffering some pain on his leg that got broken last season.
Marouane Fellaini is expected to miss the game, as he also picked up an injury concern in the game in Wales. He went for national assignment, but was sent back to Manchester United after being diagnosed of an injury. He is expected to miss the game. Wayne Rooney is fit, after also being sent back home from international duty following a swollen knee complaint. The England and Manchester United captain has completed two days worth of training since returning to Manchester and is in line against Arsenal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Swansea. The Swede will be missed as he scored six league goals, although, he went on his worst league goal scoring drought in his career, after not finding the net on six occasions.
We will be without at least five key players in the game todaty. We simply have to win to catch up with the teams above us.