Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal

Clashes between these two sides are etched into the history of the Premier League.

But with both teams slipping in recent years the fixture may have lost some of its title race importance but none of its edge.

United responded to their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham with some impressive form and head into this one on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat RB Salzburg 5-0 in midweek and the Norwegian is only expected to make limited changes.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford should come back in with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial dropping out.

Arsenal have lost their last two in the league going into this one and Mikel Arteta is expected to ring the changes.

A thigh injury picked up against Dundalk in midweek looks set to rule out David Luiz with Shokdran Mustafi set to fill in.

Whilst Nicolas Pepe also looks set to start for the Spaniard after he netted a spectacular goal against the Irish club in midweek, with Eddie Nketiah and Willian also pushing for a return.

Kick off is set for 4.30pm tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Leeds join campaign to provide school dinners for kids

Players from the club have donated £25,000 to the cause, an amount which has been matched by the club itself as support for the scheme continues to grow quickly.

After the government refused Rashford’s initial plea to continue providing for children during the holidays, hundreds of businesses around the country have pledged their support to the cause, and Leeds are no different.

The city council, charities, community organisations and businesses have come together to provide 36 locations – including Otley, Horsforth, Guiseley and Rawdon – where free school meals will be available during the October holiday.

Manchester United and Chelsea battle out 0-0 Premier League draw at Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford had the hosts best chance on a rainy night in Manchester but in truth neither side did nearly enough to deserve the win.

Both teams struggled with the conditions in the opening half hour with Bruno Fernandes’ long range strike the only notable effort on target.

United looked to move through the gears before the break and Rashford was inches away from putting them in front.

Juan Mata released the England man in behind the Chelsea defence but Edouard Mendy stayed big to make a crucial stop.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought on Edinson Cavani for his United debut after the break and the Uruguayan flashed a shot into the side netting just seconds after coming on.

Rashford did conjour up another speculative chance in the closing minutes but Blues keeper Mendy was there once again to safeguard a point for Frank Lampard.

Full time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Chelsea 0

Manchester United secure dramatic 4-1 comeback win at Newcastle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season, but late strikes from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford secured a crucial three points on Tyneside.

But despite the final result, it wasn’t all plain sailing for United as full back Luke Shaw conceded a comical own goal after two minutes.

That setback did serve to sting the visitors into action however, as skipper Harry Maguire powered home from a corner on 24 minutes.

The game swung from end to end before the break as both keepers produced vital stops, with David De Gea denying Allan Saint-Maximin and Karl Darlow saving from Wan-Bissaka.

United did manage to wrestle back control after the break as Fernandes was handed a fantastic chance to put them back in front from the penalty spot.

But the normally nerveless Portuguese international was superbly denied by Darlow.

The Magpies keeper formed a one man barrier in the closing stages before he was final beaten by Fernandes on the stroke of full time.

That goal broke Newcastle’s confidence and United took full advantage in added time.

Wan Bissaka strode onto Rashford’s pass to fire home his first United goal before Rashford got in on the act with seconds left as thumped home Fernandes’ through ball.


Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes rescues 3-2 Premier League win at Brighton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side rode their luck on the south coast, as Brighton hit the woodwork five times, but fortune was on their side as Fernandes sealed a dramatic three points.

The Seagulls bossed the first half right from kick off, as Leandro Trossard cracked an early effort off the post.

But the hosts coming in waves is was only a matter of time before Graham Potter’s side found a breakthrough, with Neil Maupay edging them in front on 40 minutes.

Fernandes bundled over man of the moment Tariq Lamptey inside the box, and the Frenchman dinked home from the spot.

Despite failing to make any inroads, United levelled things up just before the break, as Lewis Dunk diverted Harry Maguire’s flick into his own net.

That slice of luck tipped the game in United’s favour as Marcus Rashford fired them in front after the restart.

The England star was quiet in the first half, but he showed a burst of pace to get away from Ben White, before rocketing past Matt Ryan.

But Brighton were not about to roll over in the second half, as Solly March tested the post and David De Gea produced a fine stop from Maupay.

However, as the game ticked into added time, there was drama at both ends.

March thought he had secured a late point for Brighton with a brave header, but after a whopping ten minutes of added time, penalty king Fernandes fired home the winner.


Manchester United huff and puff in Luton cup victory

A Juan Mata penalty on the stroke of half-time and neat finishes from substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood secured a largely unspectacular 3-0 win.

After slipping to a home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Solskjaer made 10 changes in Bedfordshire, although his starting line-up still boasted eight senior internationals.

Donny Van De Beek made his full debut in midfield, while goalkeeper Dean Henderson finally made his Manchester United bow, with Rashford required off the bench to sew up the victory.

A trip to Preston or Brighton awaits in round four, but Solskjaer knows his team need to find the form from the back end of last season if they are to remain in the hunt for the long haul this time around.

James Shea was unsurprisingly the busier of the goalkeepers in the opening exchanges and did well to keep out a Mata strike as the visitors saw plenty of the ball.

Luton enjoyed a couple of forays forward and Danny Hylton should have done better when picked out in the box by former United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe.

The lack of incisiveness from his side would have been a worry to Solskjaer, who had highlighted a late start to pre-season training as a key reason in their weekend loss to Palace.

But, just as Luton appeared set to have seen out the first half without incident, they conceded a penalty less than two minutes before the break.

A United attack broke down and Brandon Williams collected the ball, bursting into the box where he was tripped by George Moncur.

Mata stepped up to send Shea the wrong way and give the visitors a half-time lead.

The visitors started to exert a period of pressure as Jesse Lingard saw a shot cleared off the line before Shea once again did well to push clear a Nemanja Matic drive and then keep out Van De Beek with his legs.

Solskjaer clearly felt he needed more to put a spirited Luton to bed and introduced Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood and Rashford from the bench with 12 minutes to go.

Instead, it was Luton who would threaten next, Henderson making his first save of the night to deny Tom Lockyer, who then saw his follow-up effort cleared off the line.

But then the resources available to Solskjaer would prove the difference as Rashford and Greenwood both opened their accounts for the season in the dying stages to seal a result which certainly flattered the visitors.

Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United: Top 4 spot secured for United

This game was billed as a Top Four play-off with the Foxes needing to win, and United only needing a draw ahead of kick off.

But with Chelsea winning at home to Wolves to secure their place, the second half pressure was too much for the hosts as they slip down into the Europa League spots.

Both sides showed plenty of nerves in the opening stages, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s pot shot the closest either came to a goal.

Marcus Rashford carved out United’s best chance of the first half, but Kasper Schmeichel as he palmed away his long range strike.

With updates from Stamford Bridge beginning to filter through after the break, Leicester looked to push on, as Jamie Vardy was inches away from scoring.

The former England man got the better of Harry Maguire in the air, but with David De Gea glued to the floor, his header came back off the bar.

But despite having the better chances, Leicester were to shoot themselves in the foot with 20 minutes to go.

Jonny Evans rashly fouled Anthony Martial inside the box, and Fernandes showed off his trademark hop skip and goal technique from the spot.

That goal broke Leicester hearts, and the expected onslaught never really arrived, as Evans late red card completed a miserable end to the season.