Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

Man Utd team news vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho handed TRIPLE injury boost as squad revealed

In his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal on Wednesday, Mourinho said he was struggling to “build the team” for the game.

There were injury doubts over several players including Smalling, Bailly, Valencia, Luke Shaw and Romelu Lukaku.

While Ashley Young is definitely unavailable for selection due to suspension.

But Smalling, Valencia and Bailly were all pictured with the squad which met up tonight.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Shaw and Phil Jones were not spotted with their team-mates.

Matic and Lukaku were also seen coming off the United team bus and are likely to start for United against the in-form Gunners.



Mourinho, long regarded as a pragmatist rather than an entertainer, has been hearing chants this term from frustrated United supporters for the side to “attack, attack, attack” – something midfielder Paul Pogba notably said the team should be doing, following a 1-1 home draw against Wolves in September.

Emery, having succeeded Arsene Wenger, has tried to bring about a change of style at Arsenal, with his philosophy including playing out from the back and pressing across the pitch.

While there have been some signs of players struggling with that, Sunday’s performance was a significant advert for the work he has done so far.


United go into this contest winless in their last three league games, with the two draws being preceded by a 3-1 derby loss at Manchester City. They had won three out of four prior to that.

Arsenal are on a considerable roll, having bounced back from losing to City and Chelsea in their first two matches under Emery by going unbeaten in the 12 league matches that have followed, a run featuring nine victories.

Previous meetings

Mourinho and Emery have faced each other five times in the past, and the Portuguese has not been beaten on any of those occasions.

When they were in charge of Real Madrid and Valencia respectively, Mourinho’s side triumphed in three meetings while the other was a draw.

Also, Mourinho’s Real defeated Emery’s Sevilla in the 2012-13 season.

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