Man Utd v Sheffield United: Match in pictures
Manchester United have four players who must improve against Arsenal in the wake of their defeat to Sheffield United in midweek. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go into the game looking to bounce back after their surprising loss at Old Trafford. So Express Sport will now take a look at the quartet who must recover from a chastening night at the Theatre of Dreams.
David De Gea
United have seen David De Gea improve this season.
The Spain international appears to have benefitted from the return of Dean Henderson, who is providing strong competition for the No 1 jersey behind the scenes.
But while he’s been better than he was 12 months ago, De Gea endured a difficult night against the Blades on Wednesday.
He allowed Chris Wilder’s side to open the scoring through Kean Bryan, having failed to command his area at a set piece.
De Gea must now show he can’t be bullied inside his own area and has fond memories of facing Arsenal in the past, something the club will hope can set him in good stead.
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Going forward, there’s no denying Alex Telles is a threat.
He provided the assist for Harry Maguire’s equaliser in midweek and has two assists from as many Premier League starts.
But, defensively, he still leaves much to be desired.
Sheffield United were able to pose him problems in midweek and while Luke Shaw is expected to come in for the Arsenal showdown, he’ll need to improve if he does get onto the pitch.
Shaw is ahead of him in the pecking order and the Red Devils missed the England international in the defeat, something Solskjaer appeared to realise when he threw him into the fray late on.
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United are well-stocked when it comes to midfielders.
And, on current form, Nemanja Matic looks the biggest weak link.
He was selected over Fred and Scott McTominay against the Blades and struggled with the pace of the game, often being outran in the middle of the park.
Like Telles, he’s primed to be benched against Arsenal.
But if he comes on the Serbia international will need to show he’s not finished or washed up, two things that were thrown at him by angry fans after the match against Wilder’s side on Wednesday.
Two goals in the Premier League simply isn’t good enough from Anthony Martial this season.
He was outstanding last term, netting 23 times across all competitions as the club finished third in the Premier League table.
But with Solskjaer’s side looking to win the title this year, they’ll need him to be back to his best.
Martial was dire against Sheffield United in midweek, cutting a poor figure as Solskjaer’s side lost out on three precious points.
And he’ll need to up the ante sooner, rather than later. Especially with Edinson Cavani impressing at the tip of United’s attack in recent weeks…
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