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Manchester United take on Arsenal at the Emirates this evening, kicking off at 7.45pm GMT.
In team news, Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini are doubts for this evening’s game but could still feature whilst Tom Cleverley and Jonny Evans are expected to miss out. Jones is suffering from a calf injury picked up against Fulham on Sunday whilst Fellaini has suffered a set back with a groin problem. Adnan Januzaj could make his first start in almost a month.
Arsenal remain without Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey as well as captain Thomas Vermaelen, new signing Kim Kallstrom and Mathieu Flamini who is suspended. However Yaya Sanogo has returned to be available for the squad this evening.
The predicted United line-up to face the Gunners is:
De Gea – Smalling –Evans – Vidic – Evra – Fletcher – Carrick – Mata – Januzaj – Rooney – Van Persie
Confirmation of the line-up can be found this evening before kick off at HITC Sport.
Manager David Moyes believes his side’s ‘luck will change’ following their 2-2 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday via a late equaliser from Darren Bent.
"You just continue doing the right things. Keep going and your luck will change, there's no doubt about that," said the Scot.
David Moyes also insisted he would ‘not change his approach’ despite criticism for the style of play on Sunday that led Fulham defender Dan Burn to compare the game to ‘Conference football’.
Club legend Paul Scholes believes the team’s struggles are down to ‘crazy injuries’ suffered this term.
"I don't think the manager can legislate for the amount of injuries he has had to deal with," he said.
"We've missed [Wayne] Rooney and [Robin] van Persie for big chunks of the season – they are two of the best centre-forwards in the world and any team would miss them. When we finally got them both back for the game against Stoke, suddenly we had four centre-halves not fit to play.”
"It's been a crazy season for injuries. Hopefully we'll get a bit of luck with injuries and I'm sure if we get all our players fit we'll get moving up the league," added the former England midfielder.
In other news, the club’s revenue is up 18.8% compared to the same period in 2012, despite on-field struggles this term following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge. The club recorded revenues before expenses of £221.4 million for the quarter ending December 31st 2013.
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