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Sunday 21 January 2018

Manchester United v Arsenal past meetings

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

Arsene Wenger will take his Arsenal side to Manchester United looking to gain three points to sustain another assault on the Premier League title .

The fixture has seen many battles on and off the pitch with the result usually having a bearing on who becomes champions of England.

Here Press Association Sport look some of the intriguing encounters to have taken place since the Frenchman's arrival at the club.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1 (March 14, 1998)

Arsenal went into the match having never scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League era but Marc Overmars changed that by sliding the ball under Peter Schmeichel for the only goal of the match, a result which helped Wenger to his first league title at the club.

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2 (August 22, 1999)

In a high-octane clash at Highbury, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira repeatedly clashed in a hard-fought battle before a brace by the former, including an 88th-minute winner, cancelled out Freddie Ljungberg's opener to avenge defeat by the same scoreline three weeks earlier in the Charity Shield.

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 0 (October 1, 2000)

Thierry Henry produced one of the greatest goals ever scored between the two sides to secure all three points. He held off Denis Irwin as he received the ball before flicking it up and volleying into the top corner from 25 yards out to leave Fabien Barthez rooted in the Manchester United goal.

Manchester United 6 Arsenal 1 (February 25, 2001)

Arsenal were handed a thumping as Dwight Yorke netted a first-half hat-trick alongside strikes from Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which gave the Red Devils a commanding 5-1 lead against a weakened Gunners defence. Teddy Sheringham finished the rout late in the second half with Henry's equaliser a distant memory.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1 (May 8, 2002)

Less than nine months later, Arsenal were aiming to complete an FA Cup and Premier League double at Old Trafford, having won the former four days earlier, and they did just that when Sylvain Wiltord was quickest to react to tap in Ljungberg's saved effort to secure the league title in their biggest rival's own backyard.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0 (October 24, 2004)

'The Invincibles' extended their unbeaten run in the league to 49 matches and only Manchester United stood in the way of reaching the half-century mark. But it was not to be for the visitors with Ruud van Nistelrooy converting a controversial penalty before Wayne Rooney sealed the win. The match was soon dubbed the "Battle of the Buffet" after an Arsenal player was alleged to have thrown pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson in the tunnel after the game.

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 4 (February 1, 2005)

Arsenal captain Vieira and United counterpart Keane clashed in the tunnel before the match had even kicked off to spark an exhilarating tie. Goals from Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, sandwiched by a Ryan Giggs effort, gave the hosts a half-time lead. But a Cristiano Ronaldo brace turned the game around and despite Mikael Silvestre seeing red, the match was complete through John O'Shea's wonderful chip in stoppage-time.

Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2 (August 28, 2011)

Memories of the heavy defeat 10 years previously came back to haunt Wenger as the Red Devils dismantled his Gunners. Rooney scored a hat-trick, Ashley Young netted a brace and further strikes from Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-sung embarrassed their visitors who could only reply through Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie. Carl Jenkinson was dismissed to compounded Arsenal's misery.

Arsenal 3 Manchester United 0 (October 4, 2015)

Three goals in 19 first-half minutes blitzed Louis van Gaal's side. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring with a deft flick on six minutes before Mesut Ozil slotted home almost immediately after. Sanchez fired in another to continue their strong start to the season.

Manchester United 3 Arsenal 2 (February 28, 2016)

Injuries depleted Manchester United in the return fixture with relative unknown Marcus Rashford leading the line for the Red Devils. But the youngster backed up his Europa League debut double three days earlier with a brace on his first appearance in the Premier League to help United to a valuable win. Welbeck replied against his former club before Ander Herrera restored to two-goal cushion with Ozil netting a mere consolation.

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