Manchester United will take on Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend in the Premier League, with a top four finish on both ends.
Arsenal is looking to come back from back-to – back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester, though United needs to deliver another crippling blow on Mikel Arteta ‘s side.
Ahead of the clash, both teams will have mid-week European games to compete, with United hosting the RB Leipzig semi-finalists of the Champions League last season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be bolstered by Anthony Martial’s return to the game on Wednesday, with the Frenchman just suspended domestically-the Arsenal clash will be the last of his three-game suspensions.
Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are both supposed to be in line for Leipzig, both coming off the bench against Chelsea on the weekend.
One of the players who will certainly miss both the Leipzig and Arsenal fixtures, though, is defender Eric Bailly, who will be out of action for up to a month with a hamstring injury.
The United Center-back missed the Paris Saint-Germain victory and had to follow his teammates from home as United defeated PSG 2-1 thanks to the goals of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
Solskjaer stated after the match that Bailly-who had suffered from a number of injury issues during his tenure in the United States-will be out of action before the November international break.
“Eric has a hamstring problem, we presume maybe he’ll be back three to four weeks after the international break,” said Solskjaer.
Another player who’s probably out for both games is Jesse Lingard, who’s having an undisclosed crisis.
“Jesse won’t be available so we’ll manage without [him] for a few weeks I think,” Solskjaer said before the Chelsea game.
Phil Jones is also out, with the centre-back having been ruled out since the summer with a knee injury.
“Phil has been following an individualised training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimise recovery from a knee problem,” Solskjaer said in August.