Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

Arsenal will be looking to keep the pressure on their title rivals when they lock horns with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side gave their title challenge a massive shot in the arm with a 2-1 win over Premiership leaders Leicester most recently.

The third-placed Gunners have now recorded back-to-back victories in the top flight to close within two points of the league summit and move level with north London neighbours Tottenham, who are second in the standings.

However, they are winless in the last two outings in all competitions following a 0-0 draw with Hull in the FA Cup at the weekend and a 2-0 reverse to Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie.

United, meanwhile, are searching for their first league win in three games; they drew 1-1 with Chelsea before losing 2-1 to Sunderland a fortnight ago.

But Louis van Gaal’s men followed that up with a 3-1 triumph over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, while they came from a goal down to smash Midtjylland 5-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.

The fifth-placed Red Devils still find themselves six points adrift of the top-four and they must win to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

In team news, the hosts could be without Anthony Martial, who suffered a minor hamstring injury in the warm-up prior to the clash with Midtjylland.

However, David de Gea may return to contention after suffering the same fate in the first-leg tie in Denmark last week when the goalkeeper injured his knee shortly before kick-off.

But defenders Chris Smalling (shoulder) and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson remain doubtful after sitting out the midweek European encounter.

The visitors must do without winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a knee injury against Barca in midweek.

Defender Gabriel is rated doubtful with a hamstring problem and will be assessed closer to kick-off. Jack Wilshere (leg), Santi Cazorla (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) remain unavailable.

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