Manchester United vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League result and reaction as Leandro Trossard goal earns crucial victory for Gunners

Arsenal ensured that the Premier League title race will go down to the final day after a fine victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

With Manchester City defeating Fulham yesterday, Arsenal knew they needed to collect all three points and came out of the gate in full flow. United were pinned back as the Gunners imposed themselves on the game.

The breakthrough though came from a Casemiro error. Positioning himself to play out from the back, Andre Onana instead went long and gave the ball to Arsenal. Kai Havertz was sent down the right, with Casemiro now playing him onside, before cutting the ball into the box. Leandro Trossard arrived from the opposite wing and tapped home.

That goal was all Arsenal needed. Their ever-impressive defence nullified United’s young forward line kept them at bay and earned a clean sheet without heading out of second gear. Mikel Arteta gets a well-deserved win at Old Trafford and may just end his season with a Premier League title.

Relive the live action in the blog below and get the latest Manchester United vs Arsenal predictions and tips here.

Manchester United vs Arsenal

  • Manchester United defeated by Arsenal in the Premier League

  • Arsenal’s win moves them ahead of Man City and back into top spot

  • 84’ SAVE! - Onana steps up again to deny Rice (MUN 0-1 ARS)

  • 78’ SAVE! - Onana tips Martinelli’s shot over the top (MUN 0-1 ARS)

  • 58’ CLOSE! - Saliba heads over the bar then makes a fine tackle to stop Garnacho (MUN 0-1 ARS)

  • 29’ CLOSE! - White’s strike flies wide of the target (MUN 0-1 ARS)

  • 21’ GOAL! - Trossard tap-in gives Arsenal the lead (MUN 0-1 ARS)

Manchester United FC 0 - 1 Arsenal FC

Arsenal’s tense victory sets up complicated conclusion to Premier League title race

18:44 , Mike Jones

In having done the bare minimum here, Arsenal have so far done all they can in the title race. It was not pretty, but it will now mean potential drama on the last day. That’s at least what Mikel Arteta’s side have taken the title race to, with this grind of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United now meaning Manchester City have to win at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday. That game and the final week is now abound with complicated storylines, which is why Arteta had to keep it as simple as possible.

The relief could be felt when David Raya caught a late cross by Alejandro Garnacho. Arsenal had not exactly been firing, and it said much the only goal came through Casemiro’s laxness rather than any lightning play. That doesn’t matter at this point. Leandro Trossard was there again, and Arsenal are there on the final day. It was just about getting through. If Arsenal didn’t look at their best, mind, the reality was United never looked like scoring. They just didn’t have it in them, despite a broader improvement in performance.

You could draw all sorts of metaphors from the way a diluvian rainstorm started the second the game finished, as United trudged off.

Arsenal’s tense victory sets up complicated conclusion to Premier League title race

Casemiro’s struggles reveal the toil of Manchester United’s concerning decline

18:51 , Mike Jones

Manchester United’s last title challenge came 11 years and five managers and an interim appointment ago. And yet they could have had their greatest impact in the destination of the trophy since the days when Sir Alex Ferguson prowled the technical area, fingers tapping his watch. They had already ended one title tilt; Arsenal ensured they did not strike down both of Manchester City’s rivals to anoint their neighbours as champions.

Still more than the four points United denied Liverpool, the psychological blow of failing to beat such a terrible team – despite 87 shots in three games – was too much even for Jurgen Klopp’s mentality monsters. They exited the title race in embarrassment, reeling in incomprehension. Arsenal created fewer chances at Old Trafford and emerged with more points; in recent weeks 4-3 has been a more familiar outcome in United matches than 1-0 so there was an old-fashioned element to the scoreline.

Casemiro’s struggles reveal the toil of Manchester United’s concerning decline

Wayne Rooney accuses Manchester United players of using injuries to avoid playing

20:28 , Jamie Braidwood

Wayne Rooney has accused some of Manchester United’s supposedly injured players of ducking out of games for the struggling side to save themselves for the FA Cup final or Euro 2024.

United lost 1-0 to Arsenal, their second successive defeat and 19th loss of a sorry season, and their record goalscorer and former captain Rooney believes some of their injured contingent are actually fit to feature but are saving themselves.

And he accused them of letting the club down by opting out of games, saying: “There are some very good players in that squad and the performances are way below par. You look at the injuries and some of those players could play; 100 percent.

“You have a European Championships coming up and an FA Cup final coming up. It is easy for players to stay out for a little bit and then come back towards the European Championships. I have seen it myself over the years. I just think the players who have been injured are not filling themselves with any credit at the minute.”

Wayne Rooney accuses Manchester United players of using injuries to avoid playing

Roy Keane speaking on Sky Sports

19:17 , Mike Jones

“I questioned Manchester City four or five weeks ago, thinking to myself that I’m not quite sure they can do it. But in the last few weeks I don’t know why I even doubted them.

“The quality and strength in their squad, players off the bench are world class, a world class manager in Pep, everything. They are just a machine.

“Even yesterday away to Fulham, far from an easy game and they win by four goals. You just can’t see them being stopped now.”

Mikel Arteta speaking to BBC Sport

19:11 , Ben Fleming

“We needed a result today in a really difficult place. Our history was not in favour of a result today, there was so much at stake and we’re happy with the result.

“We started the game really well and were dominant. We scored the goal and I think the goal led to slightly bad things because we started to play too safe, too sideways, too backwards with not enough structure.

“We started to give the ball away in good areas and that is a danger against them. But we defended well and didn’t concede too much.”

Roy Keane on Sky Sports

19:05 , Ben Fleming

“I think Arsenal will be thinking how lucky they were to play such a poor Manchester United team today.

“The end product, the lack of quality, the decision making, people making mistakes and not putting demands on each other.

“No one digging each other out for mistakes. That United team out there today, particularly in the last half an hour, were so bad.”

Leandro Trossard speaking to Sky Sports

19:00 , Ben Fleming

“We had only one chance today and it went in. Maybe it wasn’t the prettiest one but we stuck together, we defended well and it was a good win for us. We did what we had to do.

“We were looking for the second goal and we knew it was going to be a tough second half if it didn’t come, especially here with the atmosphere. They’re still a good team and they can hurt you in different ways.

“Credit to the boys, we defended very well and it’s a good win.”

Kai Havertz speaking to Sky Sports

18:56 , Ben Fleming

“Very important to play, here is always tough. We prepared well, it wasn’t our best game but we needed the three points and we [got them].”

“It feels nice, we have to win every game and it’s nice to be in the title race and to have to play your best to win.”

On Manchester City’s upcoming game against Tottenham: “I am going to be the biggest fan of Tottenham ever!”

Paul Merson speaking on Sky Sports

18:54 , Ben Fleming

“I think it was about getting over the line for Arsenal. They will never have an easier game than that, they didn’t play well at all, and never really got out of second gear.

“I didn’t think Arsenal controlled the game at all. Man United had enough of the ball around the box and if they had the final ball, perhaps if the decision-making was better they would have had a chance.

“It was one of those that if United had scored it wasn’t like Arsenal were looking like they would score again. It is a good win. They did a job today.”

Manchester United vs Arsenal player ratings: Gabriel Saliba and Leandro Trossard to keep title race alive

18:38 , Mike Jones

Arsenal clung on to clinch a narrow 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford and ensure the Premier League title race will go to the final day.

Mikel Arteta’s side went ahead in the first half when Leandro Trossard turned home Kai Havertz’s cross but were not at their fluent best against Erik ten Hag’s out-of-form side.

Still, a resolute defensive display - typified by William Saliba’s man-of-the-match performance - means they return to the league’s summit ahead of Manchester City’s midweek fixture against Tottenham.

Here is how the players rated:

Man Utd v Arsenal player ratings: Saliba and Trossard star to keep title race alive

FT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:37 , Mike Jones

Manchester City still have to play Tottenham and West Ham. They trail Arsenal by one point and know that they will at least have a chance of winning the title on the final day.

Arsenal’s last match is against Everton at the Emirates Stadium. This season could end in the most fantastic way.

FT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:35 , Mike Jones

Arsenal have won 27 Premier League games this season, their outright most ever in a campaign in the competition, and most in any league season since 1970/71 (29).

FT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:32 , Mike Jones

That defeat is a club record-equalling ninth home defeat of the season for Manchester United and the first time in 50 years they have lost as many matches at Old Trafford in a single campaign.

FT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:28 , Mike Jones

Arsenal go back to the top of the Premier League table and lead Manchester City by one point. City do have a game in hand so the title race is still in the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Gunners have now won five matches in a row and will need a sixth victory to have a chance of claiming the title.

Full-time! Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:25 , Mike Jones

90+6 mins: There goes the whistle! Arsenal have done it. They’ve come to Old Trafford and beaten Manchester United in the most tense and nervous of matches.

The Gunners head back to the top of the Premier League table and force this title race into the final day of the season. Before then Man City will face Tottenham in midweek and Mikel Arteta’s men will need some help from their north London rivals to wrestle control of the race back.

Man Utd played well. A lack of experience and quality up top was their main undoing but Erik ten Hag will feel his side can learn from this outing ahead of a crucial FA Cup final in a couple of weeks.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:21 , Mike Jones

90+3 mins: Diogo Dalot skips around Gabriel Martinelli on the right wing and manages to swing in a cross. David Raya is confident and comes out to claim the ball.

Jakub Kiwior and Jorginho are brought onto the pitch to replace Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:19 , Mike Jones

90 mins: There’s six minutes of added time to play at the end of this game. There’s still time for United to score an equaliser.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:16 , Mike Jones

87 mins: Christian Eriksen comes on for the final few minutes as he replaces Sofyan Ambrat. Rasmus Hojlund is also taken off with Ethan Wheatley replacing him.

United need a goal and the academy graduate is now leading the line.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:12 , Mike Jones

84 mins: Another corner for Arsenal. This time, with no Saka, Martin Odegaard lifts the ball into the box. Aaron Wan-Bissaka flicks it on forcing Andre Onana to push the ball away.

It comes out to Declan Rice who shoots from range but the goalkeeper again comes to the rescue and palms the ball wide.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:10 , Mike Jones

81 mins: Into the last 10 minutes now. Both teams win corners and neither side can make use of them. Bukayo Saka goes down after a challenge from Sofyan Amrabat and takes a few minutes out of the game.

He’s eventually replaced with Gabriel Jesus.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:07 , Mike Jones

78 mins: There are a lot of Arsenal supporters now standing with thoughtful looks on their faces. When the teams met earlier in the season it took a couple of late goals for the Gunners to secure the three points. Will it be the same here?

Gabriel Martinelli dances into the box from the left wing and strikes one only for Andre Onana to stick out his left hand and tip the ball over the crossbar.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:04 , Mike Jones

75 mins: Casemiro’s cross field pass comes over to Antony who leaps into Takehiro Tomiyasu as the duo both challenge for the same ball.

Antony is judged to have fouled the defender and Arsenal win a free kick.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

18:01 , Mike Jones

72 mins: Erik ten Hag will not be pleased as Amad Diallo goes to ground and signals to the bench that he needs to come off. It’s another injury in a growing list for United.

Antony is called on to replace him and takes a shot with his first real involvement in the game. David Raya keeps it out without too much fuss.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:56 , Mike Jones

69 mins: Mikel Arteta heads to the bench first. Gabriel Martinelli is brought onto the pitch to replace Leandro Trossard whose opening goal is still the only difference between the teams.

Martinelli should bring some extra pace for the Gunners as they look to get the ball higher up the pitch.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:54 , Mike Jones

66 mins: The momentum of the game is swinging. Arsenal don’t yet look in trouble but they’ve certainly entered the realm of uncomfortable.

Only on a few occasions have the Gunners been able to transition into an effective attack with the best coming to Martin Odegaard who curls a shot into the arms of Andre Onana.

For their part, United are putting more men up the pitch and getting the ball into dangerous areas. They haven’t managed to create a good chance to equalise though.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:50 , Mike Jones

63 mins: Garnacho looks the biggest threat to Arsenal. White and Saka look to take the ball off him but get their positions wrong and allow the Argentine to cut inside.

He attempts a difficult curling shot to the far top corner but miscues it and sends the effort well wide.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:48 , Mike Jones

60 mins: A corner for Arsenal results in Saka pinging a cross onto the head of William Saliba. He leaps and nods the ball towards goal but his effort is always going too high and Andre Onana watches it head over the crossbar.

At the other end of the pitch, Alejandro Garnacho gets in behind Ben White and drives into the penalty area. Saliba holds his ground, waits for his moment and then tackles the teenager to recover possession.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:44 , Mike Jones

57 mins: Oh! From nothing Arsenal burst into life around the penalty area. Declan Rice has a shot blocked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka before combining with Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard to keep the attack alive.

Trossard shoots from the left side of the box but United’s scrambling defence keeps the ball out and turns it away.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:42 , Mike Jones

54 mins: Certainly since the goal was scored Arsenal haven’t really done a lot. They probably back themselves to keep Manchester United out but there is a growing confidence in the home team.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:39 , Mike Jones

51 mins: Garnacho takes on White once again and manages to get a touch of space to cross the ball into the penalty area. Hojlund is tied up by Saliba but McTominay fails to react to the cross and it sails over every’s head before Arsenal regain possession.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:37 , Mike Jones

48 mins: As things stand Arsenal will be heading back to the top of the Premier League table and the title race will be going down to the last day.

Man City play their game in hand during the week to determine who has the advantage heading into the last match of the season.

Second half! Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:34 , Mike Jones

Manchester United get the game back underway. Since Christmas Arsenal have only conceded one Premier League goal away from home.

United may have their work cut out for them.

HT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:30 , Mike Jones

Over the first 45 minutes Manchester United actually edged possession and had more shots (8) than Arsenal (5). However none of those were on target and they still lack a clinical edge in the final third.

That will need to improve if they hope to get back into this match.

HT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:26 , Mike Jones

Only Cole Palmer (19) has more goal involvements in the Premier League in 2024 than Kai Havertz (14 with 8 goals and 6 assists).

It’s the most Havertz has ever scored or assisted in a single calendar year in the competition (previously 13 in 2022).


HT Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:22 , Mike Jones

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Half-time! Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:18 , Mike Jones

45+3 mins: The whistle goes and the teams head down the tunnel for the half-time break. Arsenal have the lead but Man Utd are holding their own for the most part.

The game is still in the balance but the next goal, as it is often is, will be key to the final result. If Arsenal score the United could fall apart but the other way around and the Gunners will begin to get very nervous.

All to play for.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:16 , Mike Jones

45 mins: Three minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Man United are pushing for an equaliser but Hojlund is having a tough time of things against Saliba and Gabriel.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:13 , Mike Jones

42 mins: Alejandro Garnacho finds a touch of space and gap between Ben White and William Saliba. He drives into it and takes the ball into the box.

White gives him a shove but the winger stays on his feet and runs out of space before losing possession.

A couple of minutes later Garnacho goes at White again. This time along the byline and gets into the box. He passes the ball over to Scott McTominay but the United captain can’t control the ball on his chest and Arsenal clear.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:10 , Mike Jones

39 mins: Amad takes a slight knock and needs a check over but he’s fine to play on for Man Utd who need his pace on the right wing. Arsenal still look comfortable despite a bit of a resurgence from United.

Partey turns the ball behind for a corner and the hosts are encouraged by a loud round of applause from the fans.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:07 , Mike Jones

36 mins: Scott McTominay wants Alejandro Garnacho to push higher up the pitch and press the ball as deep in Arsenal’s half as possible.

He doesn’t have the teammates available to do so effectively and the Gunners knock it around him easily enough.

Man Utd’s next attack sees Amad Diallo given the ball on the right wing. He weaves and tricks his way into the penalty area before dancing along the front edge of the box.

Thomas Partey goes to ground ahead of him and Diallo goes over the outstretched leg hoping for a penalty. Nothing comes his way.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

17:02 , Mike Jones

33 mins: Casemiro gets forward during a period of prolonged pressure for Man Utd. He’s encouraged to shoot from range and has a go only for his strike to get blocked by the first defender.

As United recover the ball, it’s played into Rasmus Hojlund who holds off Gabriel and looks to turn but Arsenal get defenders back to cover and three of them restrict Hojlund’s space before winning back possession.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

16:59 , Mike Jones

30 mins: Oh close!

Ben White goes on an enterprising run and combines in a one-two with Bukayo Saka inside the box. White collects the ball, nips by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and puts his foot through a shot which flies wide of the far post.

Decent effort.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

16:58 , Mike Jones

27 mins: The Arsenal fans are the only ones cheering inside Old Trafford as the home supporters look on with worried and nervous faces.

Arsenal have done the first part of their job which was to take a lead. Now they just need to keep it. At present they’re knocking the ball around confidently and forcing United to press further up the pitch.

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

16:55 , Mike Jones

24 mins: Rasmus Hojlund is pulled up for a foul on Gabriel as he looks to get in behind the Arsenal defence. Erik ten Hag is shaking his head on the sidelines as he looks on.

United have lost all shape and composure since the goal, they tend to fall apart after conceding and Arsenal will want to punish that.

GOAL! Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal (Trossard, 21’)

16:52 , Mike Jones

21 mins: Leandro Trossard gets the opener!

Andre Onana clears his lines but Arsenal bring the ball under control and chip it down the right wing for Kai Havertz. He’s onside and darts into the penalty area full of gusto.

Trossard makes a diagonal run from the opposite wing and gets into the six-yard box where Havertz puts the ball on a plate for him. It’s a tap-in and Arsenal go ahead.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:50 , Mike Jones

18 mins: That’s a great pass from Gabriel to cut through three United players and feed Takehiro Tomiyasu the ball. He touches it to the left and looks for space in the box but Casemiro is on top of him in a flash and probs it away to safety.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:48 , Mike Jones

15 mins: United are trying to play compact and narrow through the middle of the pitch with Arsenal doing the opposite and looking to get the ball wide for Saka and Leandro Trossard.

The game is settling down into a steadier rhythm after the rapid start. Arsenal probing at United’s defence.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:43 , Mike Jones

12 mins: Man Utd are beginning to find their feet in the match. They’re seeing more of the ball though still not as much as Arsenal who are dangerous in possession.

Amrabat looks for Alejandro Garnacho with a cross field pass but Ben White wins the ball in the air and nods it into midfield.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:39 , Mike Jones

9 mins: Leandro Trossard attempts to bring Arsenal forward on the counter attack but Sofyan Amrabat tracks him across the pitch and times a tackle to perfection to recover the ball.

That tackle gets the crowd going and there’s a growing belief that Man Utd are in this game.

Again, Saka is threaded the ball by Odegaard and carries it into the box. He looks to pass but Jonny Evans sticks out a leg and turns the ball behind for a corner.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:36 , Mike Jones

6 mins: Saka is allowed the first chance at goal after a delightful short back heel from Martin Odegaard. The Arsenal captain receives the ball on the right side of the box, dinks it on and Saka curls a side-footed effort into the arms of Andre Onana.

At the other end of the pitch, Rasmus Hojlund gets fed with a forward pass but leans back on his strike and lifts the ball high and wide.

Decent chances for both teams early on.

Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:33 , Mike Jones

3 mins: Arsenal start strongly and win the opening corner of the game. It’s delivered into the box and gets flicked over to the back post before coming to Bukayo Saka on the edge of the area.

Saka drives forward but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is alert to the danger and makes a solid tackle to win the ball.

Kick off! Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal

16:31 , Mike Jones

Arsenal get the ball rolling at Old Trafford and send it back to David Raya who boots a lokng ball up the right wing. The Gunners recover the aerial ball and attack the box but Jonny Evans is on hand to make the clearance.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:26 , Mike Jones

Here come the teams. Martin Odegaard leads out Arsenal and looks focused and determined to get a positive result today.

Scott McTominay has the armband for Manchester United, can he lead the Red Devils to victory and a potentially successful end to the season?

Kick off is up next...

Pre-match thoughts from Mikel Arteta

16:25 , Mike Jones

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports in the build-up to kick off and explained what it is like to play against Manchester United, especially when his team is expected to win.

“It is always a big challenge. It’s a great place to come and play football of this stature,” said Arteta, “We are playing for something massive and we need to prove that - we need to come here and deliver.

“It’s always difficult. They do a lot of things and move their structure a lot, it’s hard to predict. They can change momentum in any direction and that is a big quality to have.

“We have to do the same. We have to earn the right to go to the last day [of the season] - the opportunity is huge. For me you have to earn the right to do it over many years and we have not done that.

“We are not thinking like that at all. We have done the homework and we have to be better than them.”

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:20 , Mike Jones

The Gunners have lost their final Premier League away fixture in three of the last four seasons without scoring.

William Saliba is one of two outfield players to play every Premier League minute for his club this season, alongside Wolves’ Max Kilman.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:15 , Mike Jones

Arsenal have scored 88 league goals this season, a tally they last bettered 60 years ago when finishing with 90.

However, they’ve only won one of their six away league games in the current campaign against the other teams currently in the top eight – a 3-2 victory at Spurs on 28 April.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:10 , Mike Jones

Manchester United have conceded 81 goals in all competitions, last letting in more in a season in 1970/71 (82 goals). Erik ten Hag’s side have trailed for more minutes than they have led in the Premier League in 2023/24.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:05 , Mike Jones

The Gunners are unbeaten in eight away league games – winning seven – for the first time since a run of 12 from March to December 2016 under Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta’s side have kept 10 clean sheets in top-flight away matches this season, their most in a campaign since registering 13 shutouts in 1990-91.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

16:00 , Mike Jones

Arsenal could set an outright club record on Sunday of 27 wins in a 38-match league season.

Their only dropped points in 16 Premier League fixtures in 2024 came in a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on 31 March and a 2-0 home defeat versus Aston Villa last month.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

15:50 , Mike Jones

Manchester United have been beaten in 18 of their 48 matches this season. They haven’t lost 19 in a single campaign since 1977/78.

United’s tally of 13 league defeats is their most in a season since 1989/90. They lost 16 top-flight games back then and finished 13th – it’s the last time United finished outside the top seven.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

15:45 , Mike Jones

The Gunners won September’s reverse fixture 3-1 courtesy of stoppage-time goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus. They can complete the league double over United for the first time since 2006-07.

Arsenal’s last six league away wins versus Manchester United were all by a 1-0 scoreline.

Mn Utd vs Arsenal

15:40 , Mike Jones

Manchester United’s solitary defeat in their last 16 home league games against Arsenal was 1-0 in November 2020. They have won 10 and drawn five of the matches in that run.

Man Utd vs Arsenal team news

15:35 , Mike Jones

The big news is that Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford miss out on the squad.

Amad Diallo is given his first Premier League start of the season for Manchester United with Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay also slotting into the team.

Arsenal, meanwhile, name the same starting XI from their 3-0 win against Bournemouth last-time out. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Bukayo Saka were doubts in midweek but have recovered in time to start.

Man Utd vs Arsenal line-ups

15:32 , Mike Jones

Man Utd XI: Onana; Dalot, Evans, Casemiro, Wan-Bissaka; Mainoo, McTominay, Amrabat; Amad, Garnacho, Hojlund.

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard, Partey, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Trossard.

Ten Hag on United fans

15:22 , Mike Jones

“You see the fans on Monday, they were our example. That is what I told the players,” said Erik ten Hag when explaining how valuable Man Utd’s fans have been this season.

“They backed us and I think they see how we struggle and they see the problems we have. So they have a very good understanding about all the injuries that we have and we struggle but they are backing the team so I am very pleased with them.”

Arteta on Ten Hag remaining Man Utd boss

15:15 , Mike Jones

“I can only talk about what I think about him as a coach. He’s an excellent coach. I admire his teams, both Ajax and United,” Arteta replied when asked about Ten Hag’s position.

“I know what he’s trying to do, I know how he does it, I know how difficult it is to prepare against him, so I have huge respect for him.

“Hopefully, yes, he gets the time because we are colleagues and we know how difficult it is in this league and what the margins are and yeah, hopefully that’s the case because I think he is an excellent coach.

“If you want to win the Premier League and big trophies, you have to go to these grounds and impose yourself and beat them. That’s the journey we are on and that’s for sure what we are going to try to do on Sunday.”

Mikel Arteta feels Erik ten Hag should get more time at Manchester United

15:07 , Mike Jones

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Manchester United counterpart Erik ten Hag is an excellent coach who deserves more time to get things right at Old Trafford.

United host the title-chasing Gunners on Sunday – the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season.

While Arteta retains hope of delivering a first league title to north London in 20 years, United face a fight to even qualify for Europe after a 4-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

That result has seen pressure mount on United boss Ten Hag, but Arteta feels the Dutchman needs backing.

Mikel Arteta feels Erik ten Hag should get more time at Manchester United

Will United miss Rashford if he doesn’t play?

15:00 , Mike Jones

Marcus Rashford has scored in each of his last three games against Arsenal (4 goals), and has netted four of his team’s last five Premier League goals against us.


Arsenal’s star boy

14:53 , Mike Jones

Against no side has Bukayo Saka been involved in more Premier League goals than against Man Utd (5), registering a goal or assist in each of his last four.


More from Ten Hag

14:45 , Mike Jones

The United boss spoke about how he’s feeling about taking on Arsenal saying: “We know they are one of the best teams or probably the best team.

“You can discuss about this. Is City the best team or is Arsenal at this moment the best team?

“Very ball secure, so very good structures and we know we have to play absolutely to our maximum levels to get a result. But we are capable of it.”

United preparing to defeat Arsenal

14:37 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag has admitted that the FA Cup final at the end of May is on his mind but insists that he has been preparing his team to win today’s match against Arsenal.

He said: “We always go in a game to win and not preparing for next game. Of course it [the cup final] is at the back of my mind but we want to put out a team that is competitive for Sunday and a team that is eager to win and produce the best team for Sunday to win that game.”

Man Utd vs Arsenal

14:30 , Mike Jones

Having lost four of their first nine home Premier League games this season, Man Utd have since lost just one of their last eight at Old Trafford.

Across the last three Premier League seasons, the Red Devils have won just two of their 10 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the top two.

Ten Hag on starting players with niggles

14:22 , Mike Jones

With Manchester United facing an continuing injury crisis Erik ten Hag may have felt the urge to rush some of his key men back onto the pitch but the manager insisted he would not risk any player’s welfare in such a way.

“Some players, they are really fighting to be available and that is so amazing. They all try. They are all desperate to play,” said Ten Hag,

“Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof. Luke Shaw had a setback in his process as well, but there is still a hope and he will fight to be available for the final.

“I will never gamble with a player. Never. It is about them, about their futures. That is the most important. About their careers.

“I have to take responsibility for it and of course, the club is the most important. But the safety of the player, the health of the player, is also always a high level [of importance].”

Arteta on facing Manchester United

14:15 , Mike Jones

This fixture is one filled with history, bite and competitiveness that the state of this season’s Premier League title race only adds too. United will not want to lose to Arsenal while the Gunners must win to keep up their threat to Man City.

Mikel Arteta said: “I don’t think about it, every game has a different context. We know the difficulty and the history when you look at what we’ve done over there, so we’re going to have to be at our best to earn the right to win the game.

“We know what we need to do but first of all we have to perform at a really high level to deserve to win the match. That’s what the focus is.”

Man Utd vs Arsenal

14:07 , Mike Jones

Arsenal haven’t lost a single game in the north-west this season, winning two of their four visits, as many wins as in their previous 19 such games.

They also haven’t trailed for a single minute in any of their last eight Premier League away games. Only between December 1998–May 1999 have they gone longer without trailing on the road in the competition’s history.

Can Arsenal win the title?

14:00 , Mike Jones

Mikel Arteta has been asked a variation of this question in most of his recent press conferences and this one was the same. He was asked if challenging for the title is harder when the Gunners are not in control of their own destiny and he replied:

“It’s literally a very clear situation that you have to focus and be determined to do what you have to do to be in the best possible position. That’s very simple and clear, and that’s what we are doing.

“We have to think that it’s going to work. We try to be better than our opponents and beat them. The final outcome is something else. At the moment it’s not in our control.”

Never mind just the title – can anyone really stop Man City winning the double in second gear?

13:52 , Mike Jones

One game closer for Manchester City, one match down as they seek to not just retain the Premier League but end the campaign with a domestic double. The reigning champions, looking for a fourth title in a row, kicked off one point behind Arsenal with a game in hand; they might end the day instead wondering if perhaps they could cruise to both trophies in second gear.

It is usual to suggest after title candidates pick up three points in this manner, where they dominate entirely and their hosts barely raise a hand in protest, that they will have more difficult tests ahead. Yet this time, will that really be true?

Never mind the title – can anyone stop Man City winning the double in second gear?

Man Utd vs Arsenal

13:45 , Mike Jones

Arsenal have won seven of their eight away league games in 2024, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three (the most goals scored and the fewest conceded away from home in that time).

They have also scored in their last nine league visits to Old Trafford while United have won just two of their last 11 games versus the Gunners in the Premier League.

Arteta on Jorginho

13:38 , Mike Jones

“I think there are no questions about his contribution to a team, the way he feels about his teammates, about the club and the way we play,” said Mikel Arteta when asked about extending Jorginho’s contract.

“He’s someone who makes everybody better - that’s his main quality. He’s still hungry, he wants to win, he wants to win with us, he’s happy here and his family is happy here, so for us it was a really easy decision.

“He is a very important player for all the coaches because his game understanding and the way he communicates and coaches people is excellent. You need those types of players but on top of that I think as a role model, it’s very difficult to find somebody better than him.

“When he needs to be at it and serious and drive people with him he does it, and when it needs fun and a relaxing atmosphere, he is one of the best. It’s a good combination.”

Tomiyasu and Saka 'doubts’ for the game

13:30 , Mike Jones

During his pre-match press conference on Friday Mikel Arteta was asked if Takehiro Tomiyasu and Bukayo Saka were both available to play today and the manager replied:

“We have a few doubts that tomorrow can resolve because we have another training session so we will have to wait and see. There are doubts over the names that you discussed.”

This afternoon’s officials

13:22 , Mike Jones

Paul Tierney takes charge of Manchester United vs Arsenal this afternoon. He’s officiated four of the Gunners’ games this season and they have won each time.

Here’s the full team of officials for the game:

Referee: Paul TierneyAssistants: Scott Ledger, Mat WilkesFourth official: Darren BondVAR: John BrooksAssistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis

Pre-match thoughts from Mikel Arteta

13:15 , Mike Jones

“My brain always takes me to the players lifting the Premier League,” said the Arsenal boss ahead of the match against Man Utd.

“That’s what my brain is doing at the moment. I just follow my brain and my gut and this is how I feel, and this is the way that I want everybody to think and hopefully we can achieve it.

“We have to think that it’s going to work. We try to be better than our opponents and beat them. The final outcome is something else. At the moment it’s not in our control.”

The stakes of today’s game

13:07 , Mike Jones

Arsenal head to Manchester United on Sunday for their penultimate game of the season knowing they need to win to ensure they remain in the fight for the title.

The Gunners face a United team during a poor run of form but they are still fighting for European qualification and are in the FA Cup final later this month.

Neither team can afford to lose or draw which should make this one an exciting prospect.

Erik ten Hag insists Man Utd’s critics ‘don’t have any knowledge about football’

13:00 , Mike Jones

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has questioned the knowledge and understanding of impatient onlookers calling for him to be sacked.

Things have gone off track since a promising first season in charge, which saw the Red Devils end their six-year wait for silverware by lifting the Carabao Cup before finishing third in the Premier League and FA Cup runners-up.

An eye-watering injury list offers mitigation this term, but Ten Hag’s position has come under increasing scrutiny during what could end up being United’s worst ever Premier League season.

Erik ten Hag insists Man Utd’s critics ‘don’t have any knowledge about football’

Man Utd vs Arsenal

12:52 , Mike Jones

Arsenal have lost their final away league game in three of the last four seasons under Mikel Arteta witht he exception being a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in 2020/21.

However, the Gunners are unbeaten when facing Man Utd in their final Premier League away game with one win and two draws from the three previous encounters.

Arsenal also secured the title with a 1-0 in the 2001/02 season versus the Red Devils.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

12:45 , Mike Jones

Manchester United have lost at home to London sides Crystal Palace and Fulham in the league already this season.

Only twice before have they lost at home to three sides from the captial in a single campaign, with both instances featuring a defeat to Arsenal in 2001/02 and 2020/21.

Man Utd vs Arsenal

12:38 , Mike Jones

Having failed to score in 12 of their first 22 Premier League away games against Manchester United, Arsenal have found the net in each of their last nine league visits to Old Trafford.

Will they score again today and keep up their title charge?

Man Utd vs Arsenal

12:30 , Mike Jones

Arsenal are looking to complete a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 2006/07 season while they last won three in a row against the Red Devils between November 1997 and September 1998.

Man Utd vs Arsenal prediction

12:22 , Mike Jones

With Manchester United in a terrible run of form and suffering a mounting injury crisis they are particularly vulnerable for the visit of Arsenal.

Still, against an old enemy United tend to up their game and Liverpool can attest to how annoying it can be to come to Old Trafford and try to win.

Arsenal have to come away with three points in order to maintain their title challenge against Man City but this won’t be as easy as they’d like.

Expect both teams to score goals but it’s hard to decide a winner with a stubborn United potential gifting the title to City after a draw.

Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal.

Ten Hag gives Shaw update

12:15 , Mike Jones

Manchester United’s injury crisis has hit their defensive line harshly with only one of their preferred back four available in Diogo Dalot.

Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are all on the sidelines but the man United will be hoping to get back quickly is left-back Luke Shaw.

Manager Erik ten Hag provided an update on Shaw saying: “Luke Shaw had a setback in his process as well but there is still a hope and he will fight to be available for the final.”

United face Man City in the FA Cup on 25th May with Maguire also hoping to be fit in time to feature.

Will Bruno Fernandes return?

12:07 , Mike Jones

Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay both missed Man Utd’s 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace but were back in training during the week and are in contention to feature against Arsenal.

Mason Mount has picked up a fresh issue that will sideline him for the game.

“I hope I have players, yeah. But there are players that did train this morning,” United boss Erik ten Hag told reporters.

“Bruno was on the pitch and Scott McTominay was on the pitch, so there are some players returning. But also I have to report that unfortunately, yesterday, Mason Mount fell out [of contention]. So he will not be available for Sunday.”

Predicted line-ups and latest odds

12:00 , Mike Jones

Here’s how we think the two teams will line-up this afternoon for their crunch Premier League encounter:

Mad Utd XI: Onana; Dalot, Evans, Casemiro, Wan-Bissaka; Mainoo, McTominay; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Havertz, Trossard.

Also, here are the latest odds for the game with Arsenal, perhaps unsurprisingly the favourites to take the win at Old Trafford today:

Man Utd win - 13/2

Draw - 9/2

Arsenal win - 2/5

Our football betting sites can be found here.

How to watch Man Utd vs Arsenal

11:45 , Mike Jones

Manchester United vs Arsenal is due to kick off at 4.30pm BST on Sunday 12 May at Old Trafford.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage on the latter channel from 3.30pm. Subscribers can stream the action via Sky Go.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Early team news

11:30 , Sonia Twigg

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes could return for Manchester United, but Lisandro Martinez, who is moving closer to fitness, will miss out. Mason Mount has been added to United’s injury list, though Erik ten Hag hopes the England international will be fit for the FA Cup final, while the Dutchman will still be very short of defenders for the visit of the title contenders.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are close to fully fit, though Mikel Arteta hinted on Friday that there were a few doubts in his squad: Bukayo Saka trained with bandaging on his leg earlier in the week, while Takehiro Tomiyasu missed portions of training. A settled side is likely.

Mikel Arteta feels Erik ten Hag should get more time at Manchester United

11:15 , Sonia Twigg

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Manchester United counterpart Erik ten Hag is an excellent coach who deserves more time to get things right at Old Trafford.

United host the title-chasing Gunners on Sunday – the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season.

While Arteta retains hope of delivering a first league title to north London in 20 years, United face a fight to even qualify for Europe after a 4-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

That result has seen pressure mount on United boss Ten Hag, but Arteta feels the Dutchman needs backing.

“I can only talk about what I think about him as a coach. He’s an excellent coach. I admire his teams, both Ajax and United,” Arteta replied when asked about Ten Hag’s position.

Mikel Arteta feels Erik ten Hag should get more time at Manchester United

Is Manchester United v Arsenal on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

10:28 , Sonia Twigg

Manchester United will hope to throw Arsenal’s title charge off course as the two clubs meet in a crucial Premier League fixture.

Mikel Arteta’s side have two fixtures left as they try to squeeze out Manchester City at the top of the table having narrowly missed out to the defending champions last year.

Their hosts play twice more after this game and may need to win all three fixtures to make certain of European qualification.

A draw against Burnley and defeat at Crystal Palace has seen Manchester United slip behind Newcastle and Chelsea as speculation intensifies over Erik ten Hag’s future.

Is Manchester United v Arsenal on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch

Manchester United vs Arsenal

10:26 , Sonia Twigg

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage and build up to the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The match itself kicks off at 4.30pm.