MICHAEL CARRICK has recalled Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd's starting line-up after benching him for their draw at Chelsea.
This match will be the former England star's final game before Ralf Rangnick steps onto the touchline once his visa issues are resolved.
The Gunners visit Old Trafford as the Red Devils look to push up the table following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Solskjaer was dismissed following a 4-1 hammering at Watford, with Carrick stepping into the breach to earn a credible 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
But the former England star interestingly dropped Cristiano Ronaldo for the match, with Gary Neville speculating that the decision may have been made on Rangnick's say-so.
Visitors Arsenal come into this fixture in excellent form, having lost just one Premier League game since August.
And they also have a fantastic recent record against Man Utd, having gone unbeaten in the last five meetings and conceded just one goal.
- Manchester United take on Arsenal on Thursday, December 2 - TONIGHT.
- The match kicks off at 8.15pm UK time.
- It takes place at Old Trafford.
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- Man Utd XI: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.
- Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Elneny, Partey; Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appears to have chosen a 4-4-1-1 formation with two changes to the team that beat Newcastle at home last week.
Aaron Ramsdale starts in goal with Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back and Nuno Tavares on the other side, while Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes team up at centre-back.
Gabriel Martinelli, on for Bukayo Saka who starts on the bench, covers the right flank with Emile Smith Rowe on the other side, while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, who replaces Albert Sambi Lokonga, link up in midfield.
Martin Odegaard plays behind captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who leads the attack
MAN UTD FORMATION
Manchester United caretaker boss Michael Carrick appears to have opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation with three changes to the team that drew at Chelsea last week.
David de Gea starts in goal with Diogo Dalot, on for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, at right-back and Alex Telles on the other side, while Victor Lindelof links up at centre-back with the returning captain Harry Maguire, who replaces Eric Bailly.
Scott McTominay teams up with Fred in midfield, while Bruno Fernandes plays at No10.
Jadon Sancho covers the right flank with Marcus Rashford on the other side, while Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting line-up to lead the attack in Nemanja Matic's place
33 Okonkwo, 3 Tierney, 7 Saka, 9 Lacazette, 15 Maitland-Niles, 16 Holding, 19 Pepe, 23 Lokonga, 30 Nketiah
32 Ramsdale; 18 Tomiyasu, 4 White, 6 Gabriel, 20 Tavares; 35 Martinelli, 5 Partey, 25 Elneny, 10 Smith Rowe; 8 Odegaard; 14 Aubameyang
MAN UTD SUBS
26 Henderson, 3 Bailly, 4 Jones, 8 Mata, 9 Martial, 11 Greenwood, 14 Lingard, 16 Diallo, 34 Van de Beek
MAN UTD XI
1 De Gea; 20 Dalot, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 27 Telles; 39 McTominay, 17 Fred; 25 Sancho, 18 Fernandes, 10 Rashford; 7 Ronaldo
THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!
Manchester United caretaker boss Michael Carrick looks set to coach his last match after Ralf Rangnick's appointment as interim manager.
Carrick paid tribute to former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting that he remains a club legend.
He said: "Ole’s departure was a very sad time for all of us, but it doesn’t affect his legacy at Manchester United.
"He did a lot of great work behind the scenes which will benefit the club for years to come”
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table with only a mere point separating them from West Ham and the top four.
The Gunners have been on quite a roll as they have won seven out of their last 10 Premier League matches, losing only once along the way, after experiencing defeat in all three of their first top-flight games of the season.
Following their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford last season, the north Londoners are looking to win consecutive away league games against Manchester United for the first time since 1979.
Mikel Arteta’s men are also after another special record as they have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three meetings with United across all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 13 against them.
But Arsenal have never kept a clean sheet in four consecutive games against the Red Devils before
Manchester United are 10th in the Premier League table as they have lost three of their last five Premier League matches, of which they have won once.
United are six points behind fourth-placed West Ham with five wins and five losses out of all their 13 top-flight matches, in which they have scored 21 times and conceded 22.
But the Red Devils should be feeling confident tonight as they have lost just two of their 14 Prem matches on a Thursday, winning eight times along the way.
Each of the last eight Premier League goals at Old Trafford have been scored against the Manchester giants, who have never previously conceded nine consecutive times at the ground in the competition without replying themselves
Manchester United and Arsenal’s first ever encounter took place way back in 1894 during a Second Division clash that ended with a 3-3 draw in Manchester.
Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of 234 times with United winning a majority of 97 matches, compared to the Gunners’ 84 victories.
But the north Londoners have experienced more success in recent years as they have won three of their last seven meetings, with the Red Devils only prevailing once in the FA Cup fourth round at the Emirates.
United haven’t beaten Arsenal at Old Trafford since April 2018 when they won 2-1 and went on to lose one of their next three home matches.
The Manchester giants are winless in their last six Premier League meetings with Mikel Arteta’s men - they've never gone seven league games without a win against tonight’s opponents before
GOOD EVENING FROM MANCHESTER
Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the Premier League megaclash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
United caretaker boss Michael Carrick looks set for his last match in charge with new interim manager Ralf Rangnick being granted a work permit after the club announced his appointment.
Rangnick has agreed to coach the Manchester giants until the end of the season and will then take on a sports director consultancy role like the one he had at Lokomotiv Moscow for at least two years.
It will be interesting to see if Carrick will pick Red Devils superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for his starting line-up after benching him last week at Chelsea.
United captain Harry Maguire returns from a one-match ban following his red card against Watford during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge.
Luke Shaw is facing a late assessment as he is still recovering from a head injury that led to him missing the matches against Villarreal and the Blues.
However, Raphael Varane (hamstring), Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Edinson Cavani (tendon) are still sidelined.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, on the other hand, is hoping to have Bukayo Saka fit for this important clash as he continues to recover from a thigh problem.
However, Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac remain out with a knee ligament and ankle injury respectively