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Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford this Thursday in a meeting of two of the Premier League's most successful clubs. This will be Michael Carrick's final game as interim head coach before Ralf Rangnick takes over on a deal until the end of the season, but the German will be in the stands for this match. United in 10th and Arsenal in fifth are not likely to challenge for the title this season, but both will be hoping to secure fourth place by the end of the campaign. Stay with us for all the build-up to Manchester United vs Arsenal and then updates from the match itself.

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This is the start of our Manchester United vs Arsenal live blog, with updates from this highly anticipated Premier League fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.

19:30 GMT: Arsenal's line-up

Mikel Arteta has made two alterations from the Arsenal side that started in the win against Newcastle United, with Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Martinelli coming in for Albert Sambi Lokonga and Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal's starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel, Nuno Tavares; Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey; Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

19:15 GMT: Manchester United's line-up

Manchester United interim boss Michael Carrick has made three changes from the XI that started against Chelsea last weekend, as Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo have come in for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic.

Manchester United's starting line-up (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Fred; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.

18:45 GMT: Henry's message for Arsenal

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has sent a public message to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta by calling for them to make a statement against Manchester United.

"Now the improvement [for Arsenal] is 'can you beat the teams at the top?' That's the improvement I want to see and am waiting to see tomorrow at Old Trafford," Henry said on Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday.

"'Every time they play a team they should lose against they not only lose but they get smashed. The improvement I want to see is can they get top four?

"I'm an Arsenal fan and I think Mikel Arteta is doing well, but I want to see that improvement.

"Manchester United are not in the top four but it can be a statement to go there and win and win well.

"We're talking about Arsenal. I'm not over the moon by a Newcastle win, I want to see them win at Old Trafford tomorrow."

18:15 GMT: Under the lights at Old Trafford

There is something special about football matches at night at the world's best stadiums, and that is certainly the case at Old Trafford. Let's hope that the two teams put on a show tonight.

17:45 GMT: Can Arsenal continue good record vs United?

Arsenal have not lost in their last six Premier League matches against Manchester United, so Mikel Arteta will be hoping to continue that record tonight.

17:15 GMT: Manchester United vs Arsenal preview

On Thursday, Manchester United host Arsenal in the Premier League in a game in which both teams will be desperate to get the points. Arsenal are on a good run of form and making an assault on the top four, while United's players will be keen to impress Ralf Rangnick, who will be watching on while he awaits his visa confirmation.

The hosts have just one win in their last five Premier League games and sit in eighth place, with only three points more than Leeds United in 15th. Caretaker boss Michael Carrick did manage to achieve good results at the Estadio de la Ceramica and Stamford Bridge, though, so, together with Rangnick's impending arrival, there is a renewed feelgood factor about the club.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are definitely on the up with four wins in their last five league fixtures and are only five points behind third-placed Liverpool and seven off top-of-the table Chelsea.

Manchester United vs Arsenal team news

For the home side, Harry Maguire is back from suspension but Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane remain out with injury, while Luke Shaw is a doubt.

For the visitors, Bukayo Saka is a doubt after being forced off in the weekend's win over Newcastle United, but Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka are the only confirmed absentees for Mikel Arteta's side.

Manchester United vs Arsenal predicted line-ups

Manchester United's predicted line-up (4-3-1-2): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay; Bruno Fernandes; Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal's predicted line-up (4-4-1-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel, Nuno Tavares; Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga; Martin Odegaard; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Manchester United vs Arsenal: When does it start?

The Premier League clash at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal will get underway at 20:15 local time in England. That means a 15:15 (ET) and 12:15 (PT) kick-off for viewers in the USA.

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Where to watch it?

For fans in the United Kingdom, the game is exclusively live on Amazon Prime Video. If you're in the USA, the game will be broadcast by Peacock.

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