After the thrills and frills of 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers all over the continents, action resumes this weekend in all the world leagues including the La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, English Premier League (EPL), and a host of others.
The English Premier League (EPL) enters its match day 12 with the big four, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal aiming to amass the three maximum points at stake to improve on their title chase.
League leaders, Liverpool will be away to Southampton on Sunday, while Middlesbrough hosts second placed Chelsea also on Sunday.
Manchester City will play Crystal Palace and Tottenham who are fifth on the log faces West Ham.
In all of these, the match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford today has been generating a lot of interest among fans of the two rival teams.
No doubt, a game involving Manchester United and Arsenal is a big match any day, especially with the kind of tension this one is generating.
Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, who is now in charge at Man United had called Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure, after Chelsea defeated Arsenal, a name Wenger detested, and has refused to shake Mourinho anywhere they meet on and off the pitch.
In today’s encounter, however, Wenger would definitely want to take his own pound of flesh by beating Mourinho – coached Man United.
No doubt, Wenger is going to cash in on injury-hit Man United to wreck havoc on his perceived enemy.
In this encounter, Mourinho could be without seven senior players including his entire first choice defence, as he faces a worsening injury crisis.
Centre-halves Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling will miss the game as well as suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic while there is serious doubts over the fitness of captain Wayne Rooney, midfielder Marouane Fellaini and full backs Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw.
However, the absence of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could give Marcus Rashford the chance to start up front.
The England striker has spent most of the season marooned out wide under Mourinho and his form has dipped as a consequence and United’s injury woes could see Wenger taking his pound of flesh from ‘The Special One.”