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Playing Manchester United at Old Trafford is one of two fixtures that hold little enjoyment for me. Along with Tottenham at White Hart Lane this game is nothing short of gut-wrenching.

It`s an all too rare occurrence that we get a win at OT, and even when we do we usually require a large slice of luck on top of bitty performance, make no mistake, to take three points home today we`re going to need to work hard, play well AND be very lucky.

The likelihood that we`ll get all three of those things is very small and, truth be told, I`d be delighted with a draw today. Should we start like we did against Reading in that amazing 7-5 game, there will be no dramatic turn-around. Indeed, after being hammer 8-2 there last season we know exactly what happens when we don`t show up.

That said, Manchester United`s defence can definitely be got at today, their back line is as leaky as I ever remember it, if we can get Cazorla on the ball often we stand a good chance that he`ll create something for himself or his team mates.

Let`s hope that today is one of those rare occurrences and that we can take an unlikely three points.

Here`s the team.

Team: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (c), Santos, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Giroud.

Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Walcott, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Chamakh

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Date:Saturday November 3 2012
Time: 12:15PM


Dear oh dear. 1-0 to RvP already.
03/11/2012 12:49:00
The game plan was to keep it down and probably keep vP quiet. Well, that hasn't worked to plan. We need to speed things up with confidence; we've been too tentative and just glad to keep the ball in our own half without much penetration. Think Wilshere is suffering from the second game syndrome for a returnee; he benefited from being informed late about the first game he played while he had too much time to think about this game. Courage is what is needed, not a desire to keep the score line low.
03/11/2012 13:48:00
There's a massive gulf between these two sides. Bar Jack, Cazorla, Mert and Arteta, we look a really average side. Oh well, this squad was never really going to challenge for the title. Sad to see another season go away. I don't see us ever winning a trophy under Kroenke.
03/11/2012 14:13:00
Henry Baker Brown
03/11/2012 14:30:00
Man Utd brush Arsenal with consummate ease. We are way, way behind the top 3 and it's absolutely laughable that Gazidis and Wenger responded to van Stapleton that 'we look forward to next season with ambition'. Yeah right.
03/11/2012 14:31:00
By the end of the day you'll be five points behind Spurs. You just can't match the mighty lillies! At the end of the day, you know that Wenger will keep on jacking up the prices to keep his bank balance overflowing while he serves up the same pathetic stinky ***** year in year out.
Henry Baker Brown
03/11/2012 14:42:00
Henry - we'll see you later when you get turned over by Wigan.
03/11/2012 14:45:00
It is rather surprising to see just how wide the gulf between these sides has become, given the way we started the season. We lacked confidence today and looked like we wanted to just hide, keep the scores low, which explains why we started to show any urgency only after it was clear it couldn't get worse. At this rate, we need to dig deep from somewhere to restore our usual style. Poldi disturbs me these days. He lacks punch and is rather too negative for my liking. His Bayern days coming back to haunt him?
03/11/2012 14:45:00
5 points? Pah. Childs play. We overturned 13 points last season. Piece of P**s.
03/11/2012 14:56:00
It is a bit stale to even use the injuries to a few of our players as excuse. What was missing today was a sense of history! None of the players on today, bar Theo, Bacary and Vermaelen understand the rivalry and the captain didnt do his reputation any good, today. Bacary hardly went forward, which surprised me because he is very useful flying down the wings; fair to say he had to keep an eye on Young and Evra, but aren't those two equally supposed to keep an eye on our players on the right side?
03/11/2012 14:56:00
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