Manchester United Shakes Up Lineup for Crucial Match Against Arsenal

Manchester United makes three changes to their starting lineup against Arsenal due to injuries, replacing Christian Eriksen, Mason Mount, and Antony. The match is crucial for both teams, with Arsenal seeking to regain the top spot and Manchester United fighting to avoid missing out on European football.

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Manchester United Shakes Up Lineup for Crucial Match Against Arsenal

Manchester United Shakes Up Lineup for Crucial Match Against Arsenal

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has made three significant changes to the starting lineup for today's pivotal Premier League match against Arsenal. Christian Eriksen, Mason Mount, and Antony have been replaced by Sofyan Amrabat, Amad, and Scott McTominay as the Red Devils look to bounce back from a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace earlier in the week.

The lineup changes come amidst a string of injuries plaguing United's squad. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, two key players, are both missing the match due to injury. Fernandes had never missed a club match due to injury prior to this week, but has now sat out two consecutive matches. Rashford has not been seen since he limped off in the FA Cup semi-final clash with Coventry City on April 21.

Speaking ahead of the match, Ten Hag explained his selection decisions to Sky Sports: "First of all, Arsenal are very strong in possession so we need players in the middle of the park that can win battles. In the last moment Bruno couldn't make it so we brought [Amad] into the team. He deserves a chance and he can show it. The last days we trained with Rashy... Bruno trained for two days, but he was not far enough to recover from his injuries." Manchester United's starting lineup against Arsenal is: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Evans, Dalot; Mainoo, Amrabat, McTominay; Amad, Garnacho, Hojlund. On the bench are Bayındır, Amass, Kambwala, Ogunneye, Collyer, Eriksen, Forson, Antony, and Wheatley. Willy Kambwala returns to the bench after missing the last four matches due to injury.

The match carries significant implications for both teams. A win for Arsenal would put them back at the top of the Premier League, one point clear of Manchester City. Manchester United will remain eighth in the Premier League even if they beat Arsenal, but will be level on points with both Newcastle United and Chelsea. The Red Devils are in a precarious position, at risk of missing out on European football for next season if they fail to turn their form around in the final stretch.

Key Takeaways

  • Manchester United makes 3 changes to starting lineup vs Arsenal.
  • Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford out due to injury.
  • Ten Hag selects Amad, Amrabat, and McTominay to start.
  • Arsenal can regain top spot with a win, while United aim to avoid missing European football.
  • United will remain 8th in Premier League even with a win.