Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez fit to face Arsenal in FA Cup
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 26, 2019,
Jan 26, 2019, 0:28
That day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sat in the away dugout at Old Trafford, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs were in the starting lineups and Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie were "two of the best strikers in the world" according to United's newly-recruited record signing. Aaron Ramsey did a fine man-marking job on Jorginho, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette ran the channels well. Mesut Ozil will hope to return, especially as he's well-suited to playing at the top of the diamond, but seems likely to be left on the bench again. Romelu Lukaku is an alternative. His late goalscoring runs have caused problems in recent weeks, and his passing range remains excellent. Luke Shaw, who missed the Brighton game with an illness, is available and should replace Diogo Dalot.
American-born Italy worldwide Rossi, who played for Genoa last season, made his debut for United in a League Cup tie against Arsenal 14 years ago after joining at the age of 17.
This will be the final test of whether or not Man United under OGS is a rejuvenated team, or just experiencing the new-manager bounce. Prediction: Manchester United 3, Arsenal 2.
Solskjaer has made his case to be named permanent manager after seven straight wins but he insists he is not looking at winning the FA Cup simply to strengthen his own prospects. I can see this being something of a goalfest, so I'll back over 2.5 goals at [1.7].
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Arsenal go into the clash buoyed by their 2-0 victory over Chelsea in their last match.
Speaking before United's fourth FA Cup clash with Arsenal, the former United full back praised Solskjaer's "ruthless" streak.
The Chilean has missed the club's last two games, but is expected to be on the squad to face his former club. It's the same players but they're playing with a big performance now.
I found it sad, then, that the FA Cup got discarded at one stage, like the year that Manchester United didn't even enter it.
I think Both teams to Score is a strong possibility but the odds suggest that anyway, trading at around [1.6]. "I spoke to him on many occasions and I also know that he's going to take it with both hands and try and grab hold of that for as long as he can and hopefully it'll be a long, long time".