Manchester United and Arsenal may only lie sixth and fourth respectively in the Premier League table, but, as the two most successful teams of the Premier League era, any time they meet, it’s big news.
Last season, United avenged a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates by beating the Gunners 3-2, thanks in no small part to a brace from 18-year-old Marcus Rashford who was making his Premier League debut.
There was also drama on the sidelines as Louis van Gaal comically threw himself to the floor to protest to the fourth official against a perceived dive by a visiting player.
And much of the pre-match build-up has focussed on the potential for more technical area theatrics as van Gaal’s replacement, José Mourinho, enjoys a particularly difficult relationship with Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger.
But both coaches know that the real battle will take place on the pitch, as each side seeks to keep apace with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the battle for the title and the significant consolation of Champions League qualification.
Some skeptics have questioned whether the early afternoon kick-off will lead to an uneventful match, but clashes between United and Arsenal seldom disappoint.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 12:30 UK time, 07:30 Eastern, 04:30 Pacific
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Television: Sky Sports 1 in the UK; if you’re in the USA, you can catch it on NBCSN; for the rest of the world, LiveSoccerTV has you covered
Streaming: SkyGo in the UK; NBC Sports Live and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo in the States
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