United’s predicted line-up for the trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.
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David de Gea
The Spaniard is the undisputed No.1 at Old Trafford but looks a bit nervy at the moment. The young stopper arguably could have done more to prevent Fulham’s shock equaliser at the weekend.
Rafael started at the weekend and bombed down the right flank, contributing to United’s 81 crosses. But David Moyes is likely to opt for the more defensively sound Smalling at the Emirates Stadium.
The England international missed out on Sunday due to injury, but should be available for this clash and, with Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand injured, will go straight back into the starting XI.
The captain announced this would be his last season at United last week and followed that up with a woeful display against Fulham, yet should retain his spot given the lack of alternatives available to Moyes.
Has been one of the English champions’ best players this term and combines defensive and attacking responsibilities well. A definite starter.