Manchester United travel to Arsenal on Sunday, for a fixture that in years past would have had serious title implications. Instead, both clubs finds themselves on the outside of the Premier League top four looking in. With a Europa League semi-final to focus on, José Mourinho has already indicated his intention to rest key players.
Sir Alex Ferguson once beat Arsenal with a midfield featuring John O’Shea, Ji Sung Park, and two Da Silvas, so we’re feeling oddly confident of United’s chances, no matter what shadow side takes the field.
Arsenal are themselves in a period of extreme Arsenaling, with their own hopes of Champions League qualification hanging by a thread. Mourinho has never been beaten by Arsène Wenger in a competitive match, and for all the Portuguese manager’s de-prioritizing of the league, we’re sure he’d like to keep that record intact.
Premier League schedule
Kick off is at 16:00 UK time, which is 11:00 on the east coast of the USA and 08:00 over on the other side.
Premier League TV channel
In the UK, you'll want Sky Sports 1; in the USA, NBC Sports and NBC Universo have got you covered. Everybody else, head over to LiveSoccerTV.
Premier League streaming
Sky Go in the UK; and NBC Sports Live and NBC Universo Now in the US.
Mourinho has made good on his promise to rotate United’s starters, but he has still named a relatively strong side for the clash at The Emirates. Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, and Marcus Rashford are all rested. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Juan Mata all make their first starts since returning from injury.
Here is how #MUFC will line up today... #ARSMUN pic.twitter.com/8tRa56IGl5— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 7, 2017
United academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe makes his full debut, filling in out-of-position at right-back. Matteo Darmian continues at left-back, on the other side of the Jones-Smalling axis of terror.
Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera will hope to hold things together in midfield, with Mata scheming ahead of them. Wayne Rooney and the out-of-form Henrik Mkhitaryan flank Anthony Martial in attack.
For Arsenal, United old boy (*sheds a single tear*) Danny Welbeck spearheads the attack, ahead of contract rebel duo Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil.
Here it is - our team for #AFCvMUFC pic.twitter.com/UNDg689kQK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 7, 2017
This will also be our live thread for the game, so join us in the comments to discuss the action.