Manchester United vs. Arsenal: Lineups and live coverage

Michael Regan

Robin van Persie starts as Manchester United face top-of-the-table Arsenal at Old Trafford.

There was some brief confusion before the game, Ronaldo '98 style, that Robin van Persie was out of the side, but it all turns out to be false as he starts up front as we take on Arsenal.

The team you picked (our readers, IE the following team is not the actual lineup) for the game was as follows:

De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; Van Persie.

So, how close was that to the real thing? Well:

Manchester United starting lineup: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Shinji Kagawa; Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie.

Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Ryan Giggs, Chicharito, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj.

Arsenal starting lineup: Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Miguel Arteta, Mathieu Flamin, Aaron Ramsey; Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil.

Disappointingly, Adnan Januzaj misses out, with Shinji Kagawa in the side instead. Other than that, our centre-back pairing was right, but Chris Smalling bafflingly starts at right-back. Phil Jones also partners Michael Carrick in midfield rather than Tom Cleverley.

Bizarrely, there are no defenders on the bench (because we've got one centre-back at right-back and one in midfield), with neither Rafael or Fabio getting a look-in either. Probably injury-related, we must assume.

Oh, and for Arsenal, Mathieu Flamini does start, despite suggestions to the contrary, although Per Mertesacker doesn't, with Thomas Vermaelen taking his place instead.

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