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's battles with Arsenal may not have the same sting to it as it did during the late 1990s or early 2000s but their encounters still attract worldwide attention.

United host Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford in the pick of this weekend's Premier League action following their European assertions during the week.

Arsenal are looking to stop their Premier League rot while United head into the clash in very confident mood, thrashing last season's semi-finalists RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at a combined XI between the two Premier League foes ahead of this weekend's eagerly-anticipated encounter... 

Manchester United battle it out with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League

battle it out with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League

VS ARSENAL COMBINED XI (4-3-3)

GOALKEEPER

David De Gea

This was a tough choice first up as Bernd Leno certainly runs David de Gea close for a starting spot, but the latter just edges out the Arsenal goalkeeper due to his longevity and experience at the highest level.

While errors have crept into the game of the United and Spain goalkeeper, de Gea still produces moments of brilliance in between the sticks and has saved the Red Devils so many points down the years. 

De Gea has a tough fight on his hands to keep out Dean Henderson for the No 1 spot at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly still has full trust in his experienced goalkeeper.

Before moving onto the defence, it must be noted that Arsenal finally have a goalkeeper they can rely on in Leno after years of struggling to find a reliable No 1.

David de Gea provides the experience and leadership for Manchester United's backline

David de Gea provides the experience and leadership for 's backline

DEFENCE 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

One of the other close calls in this combined XI between Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Hector Bellerin but the United right back just pips his counterpart thanks to his stubbornness in defence.

Bellerin is better going forward than Wan-Bissaka but the latter is one of the best full backs in the world when it comes to 1 v 1 defending. The former Crystal Palace man is an old-school defender who hardly lets anyone past him.

But if he wants to turn into one of the best full backs in the game, the 22-year-old certainly needs to improve his attacking side of the game, including his deliveries into the box. 

In 53 appearances for the Red Devils, Wan-Bissaka has only four assists and one goal to his name.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the best full backs in football when it comes to 1 v 1 defending

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the best full backs in football when it comes to 1 v 1 defending

Harry Maguire

England international Harry Maguire has endured a torrid start to the 2020-21 campaign but he has shown glimpses that he is returning to his best form.

Maguire, who provides that leadership at the back, has helped United keep clean sheets in their last two games against Leipzig and Chelsea while netting in the 4-1 victory over Newcastle. 

David Luiz on recent form would have given Maguire a run for his money after impressing in Arsenal's backline under Mikel Arteta ever since his horror show away at Manchester City when the Premier League season restarted last term.

But an injury to his thigh has ruled him out for a few weeks and he will be a big absence for the Gunners on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire endured a horrid start to the term but he is showing signs he is returning to form

Harry Maguire endured a horrid start to the term but he is showing signs he is returning to form

Gabriel Magalhaes

Gabriel has slotted in ever so smoothly into the heart of the Arsenal defence following his £27million arrival from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the summer. 

Despite only just joining and not having a grasp of the English language yet, Gabriel looks the real deal and has been Arsenal's player of the season so far.

The 22-year-old has shown real authority, leadership and the strength which the Gunners have sorely lacked in years gone by in defence.

Arteta will be counting on the Brazilian to produce another big display at the back against United if they want to end their poor form in the Premier League.

Gabriel Magalhaes has slotted seamlessly into the heart of the Arsenal backline

Gabriel Magalhaes has slotted seamlessly into the heart of the Arsenal backline 

Kieran Tierney

It was a slow start to life in north London for Kieran Tierney due to injuries and settling into a completely new environment after leaving boyhood club Celtic in the summer of 2019.

But after overcoming his early injury problems, the Scotland international has not looked back and will be a really key player in Arsenal's defence in the future if he can keep fit.

Tierney is a no-nonsense defender who puts defence first but he also provides a real threat going forward with his bursting runs.

And when he receives the ball down the left, you can always rely on Tierney to whip in a fierce delivery into the

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