Manchester United face third-placed Arsenal on Sunday afternoon in the hot English Premier League matchup at Old Trafford. With spirits raised this week by two wins and a new Old Trafford hero emerging in Marcus Rashford, the Red Devils might yet spring a surprise.
Photo: Memphis Depay will be hoping to impress against Arsenal on Sunday
Reports say United will assess Frenchman Anthony Martial, who missed Thursday’s win against Midtjylland with a hamstring injury. Again, injury-hit United, who were missing 14 players in midweek, will also monitor star stopper David De Gea and blocker Chris Smalling. I hope the duo will be fit enough to feature in this all important clash with the Gunners.
Photo: Old Trafford hero emerging in Marcus Rashford
United will welcome Arsene Wenger’s third-placed side to Old Trafford on Sunday as Van Gaal’s men are currently six points adrift of the Champions League places. However, while Van Gaal is well aware of the awesome challenge that lies ahead this weekend with the Gunners in form, he’s encouraged by the spirit he witnessed on Thursday night.
“I have never seen the dressing room like that. It was not only the players who played but also those on the bench and the players who are injured. They were all there laughing and talking with each other. They were all happy” said van Gaal.
Photo: Louis Van Gaal | Happy as a lark in the dressing room
“Normally I would expect this, a lot of confidence, but now we have to play against one of the best teams in the Premier League. It’s a challenge on Sunday and more of a challenge because we have to play within two days. That’s also different, but I think the recovery can go better than ever.”
MANUTD reported that Michael Carrick, who captained van Gaal’s side against Midtjylland, described the game against Arsenal as “massive” and is hopeful that a number of players who have recently been sidelined will return on Sunday to face the in form Gunners.
I hope so, for my well being . . .
Up Man U!