Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from their shock home defeat to Sheffield United, as they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
Eric Bailly was said to be a doubt for United after sustaining a knock ahead of their last game, though he may be involved, whilst Anthony Martial is likely to be replaced by Edinson Cavani in the starting lineup after a poor performance.
The reliable midfield duo of Scott McTominay and Fred could also return against the Gunners, with Luke Shaw also likely to come back into to the team, despite full-back Alex Telles registering an assist in United’s previous game.
So, what line up will Solskjaer go with against the Gunners? And, what will the final score be?
Ahead of the game, we used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction. This is what the game predicts.
Arsenal vs Man United score predicted using FIFA 21
To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 21 but didn’t select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a prediction.
The AI difficulty was set to world class, with the line-up updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions.
We predict that Arsenal could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Lacazette.
We predict that Manchester United could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani.
Manchester United had a number of chances to open the scoring in the first-half of our FIFA 21 simulation, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant that they couldn’t take advantage.
The best chance of the half fell to Edinson Cavani just before the half-hour mark, with Marcus Rashford cutting the ball back to the veteran striker, but Bernd Leno produced a great save from close range to deny him.
Paul Pogba, Rashford and Bruno Fernandes also had half chances to open the scoring, with Fernandes going particularly close from a long-range free kick, which was inches wide of the top corner.
United continued to dominate possession after the break, but Arsenal grew into the game gradually and started to create dangerous opportunities on the counter-attack, which is what led to the opening goal.
After another United attack had broken down, Thomas Partey found Alexandre Lacazette in the final third, who approached the United area far too easily.
By the time both Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire came across to close down the French striker, he had already unleashed a powerful effort, which hit the post on it’s way into the far corner, leaving David De Gea stranded.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer introduced Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood in the final 15 minutes to try and rescue the game, but a strong defensive performance from the Gunners kept United at bay.
Predicted FIFA 21 score: Arsenal 1-0 Man United
Here are the full time stats.
FIFA 21 predicts that United will need to be clinical with the chances they create this weekend, or they could leave themselves open to a second successive defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday.
What do you think the score will be at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday? Have your say in the comments below.
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