Although the German is not in the shelter pending his visa, the fact that he was officially named after at least appearing to have a say in the squad selection against Chelsea speaks of a club who seeks to change direction.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are looking further into their rebuilding process, although these are the kind of games that offer real reflection on how Mikel Arteta has actually improved them.
Having lost convincingly to both Liverpool and Manchester City this season, the Spaniard needs to get a big result somewhere to really highlight his team’s progress.
Where to watch Manchester United vs Arsenal
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on the Amazon Prime streaming service.
Direct: Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch the game either on their website or through the app.
Live: Follow every kick with the Standard Sport Live Match Blog. Simon Collings will be present.