FA Cup Quarter Final Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Arsenal
This match will be an interesting one to watch. The Red Devils are coming off of an outright bashing by Liverpool on Sunday. Arsenal are limping after their most recent defeat against Barcelona, where they failed to get off a shot, and still are suffering from their Carling Cup defeat to Birmingham.
United will see their captain Nemanja Vidic return to the side, who will be much delighted for his presence, as well as Darren Fletcher to return to the midfield after being absent from injury until after halftime at Anfield. Wayne Rooney still is failing to get off the ground in attack, and despite my belief that it would be smarter to start Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov together, and the out of form Merseysider will be sure to get the nod from his boss.
Arsene Wenger has a team that has been beaten and battered in the last few weeks. Robin Van Persie has finally been able to stay healthy for a few months now and he will be the spearhead of Arsenal's attack. Samir Nasri will again take the reigns of midfield as Cesc Fabregas has endured an injury laden season that has allowed the young Frenchman to continue to shine in his absence. The injury to Fabregas also will give youngster Jack Wilshire yet another chance to continue to show his worth as a play maker and midfield engine.
Theo Walcott and Thomas Vermaelen are still sidelined, and Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal's most used keeper of late, is now gone for six weeks. The thought of Manuel Almunia in net behind a weekend defense for the Gunners does little to settle the nerves. Sir Alex's side also has many injuries but I still look to them to be the better side at home.
The return of their Captain the loss of the opponents and all the various injury problems can only lead to a result for United if things go their way at home.
United to take it at home in a more open game than believed ending 3-2 United on top.