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MAN UNITED VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AM

UNITED (4-1-4-1)

DE GEA, VALENCIA, JONES, SMALLING, SHAW, BIND, YOUNG, FELLAINI, HERRERA, MATA, ROONEY

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

GIROUD, SANCHEZ, CAZORLA, OZIL, COQUELIN, WILSHERE, MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER,

BELLERIN, OSPINA

Both teams are guaranteed Champions League football next season but the race is on to avoid fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League

as it will entail playing a play-off game to reach next season's group stage.

Arsenal looked favourites to finish alongside Chelsea and Manchester City in the top three before their shock Monday night defeat by Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium. The 1-0 loss ended a 10-match unbeaten run and though the Gunners remain third, two points clear of Manchester United and with a game in hand, this game could determine who avoids fourth spot.

Arsenal could still finish

second, but in 22 previous visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League the Gunners, have won just three times, most recently in September 2006.

Since then, they have lost six - including the last five - and drawn one of seven.

However, in March Arsenal won 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup and are now awaiting the chance to defend their trophy (against Aston Villa in the final later this month).

United ended a run of three straights defeats last Saturday by winning 2-1 at Crystal Palace. The Reds return to Old Trafford where they have taken 14 of their 20 wins this season. United have also scored 40 of their 61 goals this campaign.

United were without Robin van Persie at Selhurst Park through illness, but he could return, as could Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo.