Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick faces a race against time to take over the club’s Premier League fixture with Arsenal this week.
The Red Devils have confirmed the German’s appointment as new interim manager until the end of the season on Monday.
Still, Rangnick is awaiting formal visa approval that could see Michael Carrick take charge of his third and final game on a temporary basis.
Former England midfielder Carrick has overseen a return to form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit with a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.
Man United vs Arsenal: date and time
This Premier League shock will take place on Thursday, December 2.
It will be held at Old Trafford with a UK kick-off time at 8.15pm.
Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games away from United for the first time since 1979 after a 1-0 win last season.
Man United v Arsenal: TV channel and live stream
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening while talkSPORT.com hosts a live blog for all the action.
This match will be streamed live on Amazon Prime and customers will be able to stream it live through the app using their mobile device, tablet or computer.
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Man United v Arsenal: team news
The home side can welcome Harry Maguire again after a suspension, but compatriot Raphael Varane remains out.
Paul Pogba is also injured while the club will have to check on Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani after the latter duo missed the Chelsea clash.
But Mason Greenwood was fit enough to bench at Stamford Bridge and is in contention again to start.
Arteta, meanwhile, has a choice of an almost complete squad ahead of the decisive clash with the Red Devils.
Arsenal remain without long-absent midfielder Granit Xhaka and defender Sead Kolasinac.
Man United vs Arsenal: what was said?
Mikel Arteta has been asked about the race for the top four following the win over Newcastle.
He said: “We are going game by game.
“After the loss at Anfield obviously you see it from another perspective maybe, but we had a good run and we have to keep going and see where it takes us, but now let’s analyze this game and start preparing for the game against Man United as fast as we can because we don’t have a lot of days.
Man United vs Arsenal: match statistics
- Manchester United are winless in their last six Premier League encounters with Arsenal – they’ve never made seven league games winless against the Gunners before.
- Following their 1-0 win at Old Trafford last season, Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games away from Manchester United for the first time since February 1979.
- Arsenal have kept their clean sheet in each of their last three meetings with Manchester United in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 13 against them. They have never kept a clean sheet in four straight games against the Red Devils before.
- Manchester United have lost just two of their 14 Premier League appearances on a Thursday (8 v., 4 n.), With those defeats at Middlesbrough in December 2002 (1-3) and at home to Liverpool in May last season (2-4).
- Each of the last eight Premier League goals at Old Trafford has been scored against Manchester United – the Red Devils have never conceded nine consecutive floor goals in the competition without replying. The last time they conceded an eight-goal streak at home without scoring between the two was from February to March 2014.
- Heading into this series of matches, only Norwich City (2) have scored fewer away goals than Arsenal (3) in the Premier League this season, with the Gunners missing in four of their six. road games. It’s the least the Gunners have ever scored after six away games in a league season.
- Manchester United have collected just five points in their last eight Premier League games (W1 D2 L5), their smallest in eight games in Premier League history. They collected only a few points during an eight-game period in the same season between December 1989 and February 1990 (four – D4 L4).
- 47% of the 15 Premier League goals Arsenal players have scored this season have been scored by players aged 21 or under (Emile Smith Rowe 4, Bukayo Saka 2, Gabriel Martinelli 1). The Gunners’ highest score in a single season ended in the competition is 39% in 2008-09 (25/64, excluding own goals).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in his last two away league games against Manchester United and could become the first Arsenal player to score in three consecutive away games against the Red Devils.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals in his 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions for Manchester United, although only one of those goals came at Old Trafford (April 2008).