Before the shock result against the Blades, United had gone 13 games unbeaten in the Premier League. During this spell, the Reds found the net 29 times and climbed to the top of the table. Sunday’s fixture will be our last in January, and in the first month of the new year the Reds have won five, drawn one and lost two across all competitions.
The Gunners have found form in the league, following a tricky start to their campaign. After their 3-1 triumph against London rivals Chelsea on Boxing Day, the Gunners are unbeaten in six, winning five of those games. However, they did fall to a 1-0 defeat against the Saints in the FA Cup on 23 January.
Historically, this has been one of the great Premier League rivalries. We all remember Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira’s bust-up in the tunnel at Highbury as well as some outstanding counter-attacking United goals at the Emirates. Saturday’s encounter will be the 234th meeting between the sides, with United having the best record looking at our 233 previous battles. The Reds have come out on top 97 times, with Arsenal winning 84 and 52 ending all-square.
The Gunners won at Old Trafford earlier this season, thanks to Aubameyang’s penalty, while our last win against the Gunners came in the cup, in January 2019. Former Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for United, before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial secured a thrilling 3-1 win.