Manchester United vs. Arsenal Prediction and Pick: Backing Goals From Both Sides

Manchester United vs. Arsenal predictions and picks from soccer handicapper Alex Campean for Thursday's match. Don't miss Alex's play for this one
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Manchester United vs. Arsenal Prediction and Pick: Backing Goals From Both Sides

Ralf Rangnick’s work permit has not been sorted in time for this clash but Michael Carrick’s Man United should have enough to beat Arsenal on Thursday.

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Manchester United vs. Arsenal Prediction

Manchester United: Better without Ole Gunnar Solskjær?

Victory against Villarreal in the Champions League, draw on the road against leaders Chelsea and boom… Man United are the real deal! What? Yes, in order to win a match, you should find the back of the net and Man United managed to do that on both occasions but let’s be honest, they are the same United with but with a different hat and two positive results.

On top of that, this might be Carrick’s last match in the dugout with Ralf Rangnick set to solve the latest details during this week and led the Red Devils on Sunday against Crystal Palace. United are currently on a six-match winless run against Arsenal in the EPL losing three games in the process and failed to find the back of the net in their previous mutual encounters.

The Red Devils have endured one of the most difficult seasons in their recent domestic history wining just five in 13 EPL fixtures. They enter this clash on the back of just 1 point collected in their last 3 matches. They are sitting 5 points behind Arsenal and fourth-placed West Ham and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

What about keeping Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against Chelsea or seeing Jadon Sancho from the 1st minute of the game in two consecutive fixtures? We thought that Carrick will change something but after using Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek against Villarreal from the 1st whistle he forgot about them against Chelsea.

United have a formidable squad on paper but will need to work as a unit to secure a Champions League position. Maybe Ralf Rangnick will change the attitude and implement his gegenpressing tactics. After all he influenced Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp in their paths to management.

Jadon Sancho will probably join Cristiano Ronaldo in the attacking line after scoring in his last two appearances while Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane are ruled out. CR7 also has an amazing record against Arsenal and has scored six goals in 15 games against them.

Arsenal: Trust the process?

Arsenal’s opponents were thrilled with their three defeats to begin the domestic season, but Arteta’s teams is unbeaten in 11 of their previous 12 games across all competitions. They are sitting 5th in the standings but they have the worst attack and defense in the top 5 with 15 goals scored and 17 conceded.

The fans called for unity, passion, aggression and playing in the opponents' half and it looks like the Gunners are in pretty solid form under Spanish boss Mikel Arteta. They have the joint 12th attack in the league failing to find the back of the net against the top 3 teams in the standings, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool.

Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka will miss the game with injuries while Bukayo Saka has an outside shot and will be assessed on Thursday morning. The Gunners struggled against Brighton and Liverpool and haven’t been very good away from home but their head-to-head record against Man United is very strong.

Manchester United vs. Arsenal Prediction

Recent meetings between the two teams have been tight and low scoring so the logical bet should be under 2.5 goals, but something tells us to skip this market. Playing at home and being the better team on paper should be enough for United to win this clash but can we trust them? Only four teams (Leicester, Watford, Norwich and Newcastle) conceded more goals than United this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is priced at +200 with FanDuel to be anytime goalscorer. He has a great record against the Red Devils and could become the first-ever Arsenal player to score goals in three consecutive league games at Old Trafford.

Given United’s defensive struggles, Arsenal's good form and great head-to-head record you could go for a ‘Draw Double Chance’ on Arsenal priced at -125 with Bet365 but our only official pick for this clash remains ‘Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match.

Manchester United vs. Arsenal Pick

Alex Campean
@AlexClassicTips

Alex Campean has been a soccer fan since 1990 when he watched the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He knows everything about the top 5 European leagues, Champions League and Europa League and he is well known for his “trade-mark” “Alex Classic” bet (both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match). He’s very disciplined, follows a strict set of rules, and has great bankroll management. He’s our European soccer specialist and he's having an average of 55 units of profit in the last 7 years with his soccer picks. He’s all about positive energy, respect, and long-term profit and if you ever hear “Alex’s last-minute goal” that means he did it again winning a bet in the last minute of the game, so never lose hope.

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