Jose Mourinho has some issue with his defensive options for tonight’s crucial game with Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly both given to the last minute to recover from foot and back issues respectively.
Ashley young will miss out as he serves a one match suspension, Phil jones has a reported ankle issue and Luke Shaw (pictured) was forced to leave the field early in the weekends draw with Southampton along with striker Romelu Lukaku, who looks likely to join Alex Sanchez on the side lines.
This will all add to the pressure on Mourinho, who four weeks ago stole a Champions league win at Juventus that damped the calls for his job however, after three premier league games without a win and a late champions league victory over bottom of the group Young Boys from Switzerland the head hunters are out in force.
Coming up against an Arsenal side that will be looking for their first win at Old Trafford in over 12 years and has had a good start to the season under their new coach Unai Emery and on a high from their 4-2 win over rivals Tottenham at the weekend it could be a Christmas to forget for the ‘chosen one’.
Speaking to the BBC before the match Mourinho was compliantly of his opponents, before stating that his side were still capable of making the top four at the end of the season.
“We will have a very difficult match. They are a good team who have had a good run of results. But in spite of our selection issues, they know it won't be easy either.
“We don't need a miracle [to finish in the top four] at all. I think we need a good run of results and we don't need to waste points where we shouldn't be wasting them.”
The Gunners themselves have a couple of injury concerns, with former German international Mesut Ozil who is suffering from back Spasms, while midfielder Granit Xhaka will sit tonight out after picking up his fifth yellow of the season. Their boss Emery played down the current form of both sides being the determining factor when he said;
“It will be a very big challenge for us and it will confirm our good moment, or whether we need more.
“It is very difficult to win there because they are a very big team with big players and have a big atmosphere pushing them, but it is an exciting match and my motivation is very big.”
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