Arsenal v Manchester United FA Cup Match Preview
2 giants of English football meet in the FA Cup 4th Round as Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates. Both sides beat lower league opposition in the 3rd round and both managers had their first taste of FA Cup action in charge of their clubs. Arsenal have the pedigree in the FA Cup, having won the competition 13 times, more than any other side. Manchester United might have only won the FA Cup once in 10 years, but with 7 wins in a row under Solskjaer we can’t rule them out.
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Arsenal Recent Form
Arsenal’s FA Cup 3rd Round Tie
Arsenal’s young forwards proved to be too good for League 1 Blackpool in their 3-0 victory in the 3rd round. Eddie Nketiah had the best of the chances early on but failed to convert from 6 yards after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross. It was Joe Willock who opened the scoring on 11 minutes, pouncing on Aaron Ramsey’s free kick to head into an open goal. Willock added another before half time, again finding himself at the back post with a simple finish for 2-0. Nketiah missed another chance to score, failing to beat Mark Howard 1 on 1. Blackpool continued to have half chances in the second half, but couldn’t find a way past veteran Petr Cech. 10 minutes from time, Alex Iwobi put the icing on the cake. Aaron Ramsey made a run into the area and his saved shot fell into the path of Iwobi who easily finished.
Manchester United Recent Form
Manchester United’s FA Cup 3rd Round Tie
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side continued their winning streak with a 2-0 win against Championship side Reading at Old Trafford. United took a controversial lead after Juan Mata was awarded a penalty in the run up to an already disallowed Fred goal. Mata was judged to be fouled previous to Fred’s shot and after some confusion between the officials, Mata slotted home the penalty. In an end to end first half, Romelu Lukaku saw his shot saved before Danny Loader ran straight up the other end but couldn’t convert after rounding Sergio Romero. Lukaku did get his goal before the end of the first half, rounding Anssi Jaakkola before scoring from a tight angle. Neither side had a clear cut chance in the second half, 19 year old’s Tahith Chong’s introduction being the highlight of a poor second 45.
Arsenal v Manchester United Head To Head
Arsenal Wins - 82 Draws - 48 Manchester United Wins - 98
Typically, this is a match that Manchester United have dominated in the last decade, following Arsenal’s fall from title challengers to Europa League regulars. Since 2009, Arsenal have only beaten Manchester United 4 times in 24 games. However the last time the sides met in the FA Cup, it was Arsenal who came out as winners. Danny Welbeck returned to his old employers and popped up with a winner on his return to Old Trafford. In the league, there have been 2 Manchester United wins and a draw in the last 2 meetings, including a 2-2 draw in December. Arsenal twice took the lead but were pegged back in a mostly even tie. Even if the result is hard to predict, we can expect goals, with 31 goals in the last 10 matches between the two.
Where to watch Arsenal v Manchester United
Arsenal v Manchester United will be shown live on BBC One, with kick off at 7:55pm.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
It will be interesting to see the sides that each manager chooses, especially with midweek Premier League games coming up, but expect this to be a close affair.
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