Rivals Clash In Cup Eliminator

Radamel Falcao can prove his worth in a crucial FA Cup tie. Image courtesy of noticiasrcn.com

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Manchester United v Arsenal


Old Trafford, Manchester

  Tuesday March 10 – 5:45am (AEST)

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A spot in the FA Cup semi-finals beckons when Manchester United host Arsenal on Tuesday morning (AEST).  

While the English League Cup has been and gone, and the EPL title well beyond them, it seems as though the FA Cup remains the only piece of silverware which could still end up at Manchester United this season. The Red Devils have experienced a few bumps in the league, but it’s a case of so far so good in this tournament. Ashley Young struck late on Thursday to ensure United head into this match off the back of a win, and their 1-0 triumph at Newcastle cemented their spot in the top four. After an uncharacteristically quiet season, Wayne Rooney is finally beginning to get back to his best. However, he’ll be without fellow striker Robin Van Persie for this one. The former Arsenal fan-favourite has struggled with an ankle injury over the past few weeks, leaving room for out-of-sorts Radamel Falcao in the starting XI.

Like United, Arsenal were victorious in their midweek league match, edging QPR 2-1 at the Emirates. Second-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez sealed a fourth consecutive league win for the Gunners, which helped them hold third on the EPL ladder, one spot above Louis Van Gaal’s men. With Arsenal’s midfielders all hitting form at the same time, Arsene Wegner's headache is problematic. How does he maximize the use of all these hot players in the middle of the park? Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have been instrumental in attack, while Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott have impressed off the bench. French striker Giroud has scored in the Gunners’ past three league games, and the United backline will need to work overtime to keep him at bay.

Man U edge Arsenal in the head-to-head market in a match that punters think could go either way. As far as statistics go, however, it’s not good reading for Arsenal fans. The Gunners haven’t won any of their past eight encounters with United. The Red Devils have been successful six times, including a 2-1 win earlier this season.  

 

 

 

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