It is a super Saturday and today in EPL, Manchester United will square off against Arsenal. The Manchester United vs Arsenal match will kick-off at 6 PM IST and you can watch the match at Star Sports Select HD 1. HotStar is unlikely to stream the match live while Jio users can watch free streaming of Star Sports Select HD 1 on JioTV App. Finally, after waiting for two weeks, EPL is back and it is back with a bang. We will witness Manchester United vs Arsenal today which will be played at Old Trafford. It is not only the match between two biggest clubs of EPL, but also it will be a game between two managers who doesn’t share a very friendly past and their rivalry is out in the open for many years. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumour: Juventus Star Heavily Linked With Manchester United After Following Former Club on Instagram
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have had stern words for each other in the press room. Their rivalry started from 2005, when Mourinho took over as manager of Chelsea Football Club, since then there has been the war of words between the two and it gets crazier whenever these two managers face each other. However, current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has the upper hand as Arsene Wenger is yet to record a win against a side managed by Mourinho in the Premier League. ALSO CHECK: EPL POINTS TABLE Also Read - David Beckham's MLS Franchise Inter Miami Appoint Phil Neville as New Manager
Now, coming back to the teams, Manchester United form in this season is definitely not up to the mark and their journey till now was full of hiccups. Manchester United are currently eight points behind leaders Liverpool and six adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal on points table, and since this will be the first match of the weekend, it is a perfect opportunity for United to make a statement. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss his first league game of the season as the striker is suspended following his fifth caution of the season, which came against Swansea at the beginning of November. Wayne Rooney is back in contention after a minor knee injury and Ander Herrera is now eligible to play after a serving a one-match ban at Swansea before the international break. Also Read - Liverpool vs Man United: Solskjaer's Men Keep Top Spot After Goalless Draw at Anfield
On the other hand, Arsenal are in excellent form and they have not lost in 16 games in all competitions after losing to Liverpool on the opening day of EPL season 2016-17. Gunners are currently facing some injury crisis as Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for four weeks, while Santi Cazorla will again miss because of an Achilles injury. Alexis Sanchez is doubtful of playing, owing to his exertions for Chile despite carrying a hamstring problem, which leaves Wenger to select a starting XI most likely without three of his key players.
Pre-match Quotes by Managers:
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “My record against any other manager is not important. What you get, you do it as a team. “[Saturday] is a match between the two managers with the best record in the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t here anymore… I have three [titles], he [Arsene Wenger] has three…”Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best?
“I think Mr Wenger has that respect from all of you, I don’t think I have, especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years ago.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on his record against Jose Mourinho teams:
“You know, we didn’t lose always. We have beaten them and there were many draws as well. “I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers. “It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.”