Man Utd v Arsenal preview

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Manchester United can extinguish Arsenal's weakly, flickering flame of a title ambition when the two fierce rivals go head-to-head at Old Trafford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1.

The Gunners' capitulation has been devastating; from five points clear at the summit to trailing The Red Devils by six points in third.

Arsene Wenger's men have managed just one win in their previous seven league games, while there are question marks over whether Tuesday's dramatic UEFA Champions League exit at Liverpool will prove too big a body blow for them to recover.

The French tactician, though, continues to present an optimistic front to the press, insisting that his men can still achieve the unlikely and overhaul United with only five games of the season remaining.


Alex Ferguson's side, meanwhile, have shown few signs of wobbling from their tracks to glory, having won six of their previous seven league encounters.

The Scot even had the luxury of resting the seemingly unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo for the midweek Champions League over Roma.

Paul Scholes also remained on the substitutes' bench but will almost certainly return on Sunday, while Wayne Rooney - who was only required to play the final 16 minutes against the Italians - should start up front.

Nemanja Vidic remains sidelined with a knee injury; meaning Gerard Pique and Wes Brown are pushing for a place alongside the passed fit Rio Ferdinand, while Gary Neville is available after making his long-awaited comeback on Wednesday.

Nani (thigh), Darren Fletcher (knee) and Louis Saha (hamstring) remain sidelined through injury.

Wenger is without the influential Mathieu Flamini for the fixture after the Frenchman sustained an ankle injury against Liverpool on Tuesday, and Aboue Diaby is suspended.


He is likely to be replaced with the Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva, while teenager Theo Walcott is pushing for a start after his impressive impact from the bench at Anfield.

Wenger must also decide on whether to continue to utilise Kolo Toure at right-back or move the Ivorian back alongside captain William Gallas, sacrificing Phillipe Senderos.

Robin van Persie has been declared fit, but Bacary Sagna (ankle) is still sidelined, while Tomas Rosicky (knee) and Eduardo (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.