Sky Sports pundit reveals his prediction for Man United v Arsenal

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to claim a 2-1 win over Man United at Old Trafford on Monday

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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Arsenal to claim a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday night.

Arsenal head into the game looking to make it back to back wins in the Premier League after they came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa at home last weekend.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are aiming to get back to winning ways in the top flight after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to West Ham United in London last weekend.

The Gunners are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and beat their rivals to a top-four finish this season.

Manchester United are down in eighth place after having only won two of their opening six games in the top flight this term.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas feels that both sides are weak defensively – but he is tipping the Gunners to come out on top in Monday’s clash at Old Trafford.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I am laughing already because we have a tale of two bad defences.

“Man United have one of the best keepers in the world in David de Gea and the most expensive defender in the world in £80m Harry Maguire.

“They got picked apart against West Ham and were nowhere near to earning anything from the match. Arsenal have five captains supposedly! Let the games begin!

“Hector Bellerin played a little bit against Nottingham Forest. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended and though Unai Emery has been cautious about him, I think Bellerin should play. Kieran Tierney should be in, but Rob Holding will miss out I think.

“Arsenal will play two protectors – to my amazement, Granit Xhaka will still be in, but I would go with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. I would be happy with Dani Ceballos and then Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is that easy and simple for Arsenal.

“On the flip side, who is fit for Manchester United? Marcus Rashford is out; is Anthony Martial ready? If Arsenal can play a more structured game on the counter-attack, I think they will come away with all three points.

“Man United will try to dominate the midfield with aggression, with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba. Aubameyang and Pepe had chances against Liverpool at Anfield and if they get these chances against Man United I think they will take them. It will make life easier for Arsenal’s defence with Man United’s depleted frontline.”

Arsenal and Manchester United are both looking to break back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and sixth respectively last term.

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