The defending champions Manchester United are on the eight position on the table after the poor start in the new season.
However, they managed to obtain few good results in the last period. They have three wins and one draw on the last four matches. The Red Devils won away against Fulham and Sunderland, at home against Stoke City and shared the points with Southampton.
Their efficiency of nine goals where stopped in the Champions League match, when they played a goalless draw with Real Sociedad. But I must admit United were unlucky on that match as Van Persie missed the penalty. This match against Arsenal will be a real test for their form. Manchester are eight points behind the leader Arsenal, so it is important to win in order to reduce the deference. Red Devils had defensive problems and conceded 5 goals in their last four matches. Their first choice for right-back Rafael is doubtful for this match. The attacking duo – Van Persie and Rooney is in good scoring form. I believe they will continuing with efficiency on this match.
Arsenal are unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening loss against Aston Villa. They have five points in advantage over second placed Chelsea and Liverpool. The Gunners are coming into this match with great confidence after the victories over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The manager Arsene Wenger is satisfied with results and how his team passed Liverpool in a convincing way.
Manchester United have four consecutive victories at Old Trafford in their mutual matches. The last time Arsenal managed to beat Manchester in 2006. Three of the last four mutual matches were high scoring. Here are the results:
03.11.2012. Manchester United – Arsenal 2:1
28.08.2011. Manchester United – Arsenal 8:2
13.12.2010. Manchester United – Arsenal 1:0
29.08.2009. Manchester United – Arsenal 2:1
According to the current scoring form of both teams, I expect both Manchester United and Arsenal to score in this game.