Manchester United - United v Arsenal - The Key Battles
UK time is: 19:47:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

United v Arsenal - The Key Battles

For the third successive year, Manchester United are in the Champions League semi-final. This time we face a side which has little experience of this stage of the competition: Arsenal. However, they have plenty of experience of playing against United so a great battle is to be expected. We shall have a look at which duels can decide the tie.

Berbatov and Giggs v Song

Yes, Song. I expect the Cameroonian to play the defensive midfielder position and his task will be the deny Berbatov the space in which he likes to operate. Berba received plenty of undeserved stick from United fans but showed against Spurs what can he do when he's got runners around him.

Also, Ryan Giggs is likely to start and he will be the other who'll try to dictate the play for United. I am tempted to say that Tevez should start instead of him: Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo would cause Arsenal no ends of problem if Berbatov was pulling the strings from a deeper position. But I don't mind if they share the task with Giggs - however, they must get the better of Alex Song.

Fabregas v Anderson

Arsenal's Spanish playmaker is set to play as a second forward behind Emmanuel Adebayor. It will be up to Anderson to stop him from pulling the strings in front of our back line. Fabregas has many strengths but pace is not one of them and the ease with which Anderson dealt with him in the FA Cup game last season bodes well for us. Still, the Brazilian must be as disciplined and committed as he was against Porto to stop Fabregas.

Walcott v Evra

In the absence of Arshavin and Van Persie, much is expected of Theo Walcott. Evra is not in the form of his life and he struggled mightily against Aaron Lennon. The question is, does Lennon have some psychological hold on Evra or he's uncomfortable against small, pacy players who have a low centre of gravity? His handling of Messi suggests the first option... But he must be totally focused throughout because Walcott's pace will seriously test him.

Rooney v the Arsenal back four

Rooney will probably start on the left, cutting inside at every opportunity, roaming all over the pitch if possible. He's a in a rich vein of form so it will be a nightmare for Arsenal's defence to mark him.

However, he also has to provide cover for Evra and help to cut off the supply to Walcott. Hopefully the discipline he usually displays in Europe will be combined with his sheer dynamism in attack - in that case we could have a memorable night.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 28 2009

Time: 2:58PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

The Manchester United Injury Table.. (Friday September 4 2015)

A Job More Than Well Done! (Friday September 4 2015)

Is Giggs the Next Chosen One? (Thursday September 3 2015)

United - More on Anthony Martial (Thursday September 3 2015)

A Chance Gone For Ever? (Thursday September 3 2015)

De Gea - New Deal to be Offered (Thursday September 3 2015)

Getting to Know - Louis Van Gaal (Thursday September 3 2015)

AUDIO: Ray Parlour : LVG Should Play de Gea (Wednesday September 2 2015)

United Acted Appropriately and Efficiently (Wednesday September 2 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. MotorMad 12
2. TheFamousNo7 9
3. kelvinme 1
4. kashere21 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Crystal Palace 4 3 0 1 3 9
3. Leicester City 4 2 2 0 3 8
4. Swansea 4 2 2 0 3 8
5. Man Utd 4 2 1 1 1 7
6. Arsenal 4 2 1 1 0 7
7. Liverpool 4 2 1 1 -1 7
8. West Ham 4 2 0 2 3 6

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Southampton's 25 Man Premier League Squad
Southampton : 04/09/2015 18:38:01
Romeu On Win & Competition
Southampton : 04/09/2015 18:35:01
Pellegrini Confident On Attacking Options
Man City : 04/09/2015 18:02:01
CL Opposition Squads Known
Man City : 04/09/2015 17:55:01
Leicester Announce 25 Man Premier League Squad
Leicester City : 04/09/2015 17:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Swansea?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Romero 33%
Darmien 12%
Blind 0%
Smalling 5%
Shaw 26%
Schneiderlin 7%
Schweinsteiger 1%
Herrera 7%
Mata 5%
Depay 1%
Rooney 1%
Young 0%
Carrick 1%
Fellaini 1%