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Friday 02 November 2012

Arsenal aiming to improve poor Old Trafford record

Manchester United have dominated Premier League clashes at home to their north London rivals

  • March 1995: Lee Sharpe celebrates scoring as Manchester United record a 3-0 win

  • March 1998: Marc Overmars's winner puts Arsenal on course for the Premier League title

  • February 2001: Dwight Yorke scores a hat-trick as United rout Arsenal 6-1

  • May 2002: Sylvain Wiltord's winner earns Arsenal their second Premier League title

  • September 2003: Patrick Vieira is sent off and Ruud van Nistelrooy misses a penalty in a 0-0

  • October 2004: Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty ends Arsenal's 49-match unbeaten run

  • April 2006: Emmanuel Adebayor's late goal seals Arsenal's last league win at Old Trafford

  • April 2008: Owen Hargreaves's free-kick helps United come from a goal down to win 2-1

  • August 2009: Arsene Wenger is sent to the stands as United earn a 2-1 victory

  • August 2011: Wayne Rooney scores a hat-trick as United record a memorable 8-2 victory

Arsene Wenger will be taking his Arsenal side to Old Trafford looking for only their second Barclays Premier League victory in 10 years.

Overall, Manchester United's stadium has not been a happy hunting-ground for Arsenal in the Premier League era, having won only three times, while losing on 12 occasions. In five matches have the two rivals emerged with a point apiece.

The nadir came with the 8-2 defeat by United early last season, but Wenger stresses that the match will not be on his players' minds come kick-off at 12.45pm.  "The emotional meaning is big but the footballing meaning is not very big, and we have had that behind us for a long, long time now," he said.

It is a fixture that has emerged as one of the biggest of the season during the era of the Premier League and excitement is guaranteed.

To set the scene for Saturday afternoon’s fixture, reviews the Old Trafford clashes since the Barclays Premier League started in the 1992/93 season. Click here for a gallery of the matches.

For more details as to the teams' past meetings, to see Sir Alex Ferguson and Wenger's press conferences and to predict how the match will turn out go to Matchday Live.

Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League, Old Trafford

Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2
28 August 2011
United inflicted their biggest Premier League win over Arsenal, with a hat-trick from Wayne Rooney and a brace from new signing Ashley Young. The Gunners, whose new full-back Carl Jenkinson was sent off, lamented the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri as they slipped to 17th in the Premier League after three matches. Read more

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0
13 December 2010
Ji-Sung Park's first-half strike ensured United took the three points and moved ahead of their opponents to top the Barclays Premier League table. Wayne Rooney missed a chance to double their advantage from the penalty spot, but Park's goal was enough to give United a two-point lead at the top with a game in hand.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1
29 August 2009
Wenger was sent to the stands after Robin van Persie was denied a late equaliser at Old Trafford. A penalty from Rooney and an Abou Diaby own goal gave United the win, after Andrey Arshavin's fierce shot have given Arsenal a first-half lead.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0
16 May 2009
United were crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the third successive season after they gained the point they required in a relatively tame match.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 1
13 April 2008
Owen Hargreaves's free-kick ensured United moved six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League as they came from a goal down to beat Arsenal. Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring, after appearing to use his arm, before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot. Hargreaves curled in a free-kick from 25 yards out with 20 minutes left to secure the victory.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1
17 September 2006
Adebayor's winner gave Arsenal their first Barclays Premier League win at Old Trafford for more than four years. With just four minutes left of normal time, Adebayor converted Cesc Fabregas through-ball to seal the win. United goalkeeper Tomas Kuszczak had saved a Gilberto Silva penalty earlier in the match.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0
9 April 2006
The victory was United's ninth in a row in the Barclays Premier League thanks to goals from Rooney and Park. The match was played in front of 70,908 fans, which was a new Premier League attendance record. United's victory moved them to within seven points of reigning champions Chelsea.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0
23 October 2004
Arsenal's unbeaten league run of 49 matches came to an end as United beat the champions. Ruud van Nistelrooy took the chance to make up for his missed penalty in the corresponding fixture in the previous season as he converted from 12 yards. Rooney, who had earned the penalty, sealed the victory with a 90th-minute strike on his 19th birthday.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0
20 September 2003
Van Nistelrooy missed an injury-time penalty for United in an ill-tempered tie at Old Trafford. Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was sent off after kicking out at the Dutchman with 10 minutes left, and eight yellow cards were shown in the match.

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0
6 December 2002
Goals from Juan Sebastian Veron and Paul Scholes gave United an important win against league leaders Arsenal. The Gunners failed to find the net for the first time in 55 matches, and they also lost goalkeeper Rami Shaaban to injury in the first half.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1
7 May 2002
Sylvain Wiltord’s 55th-minute goal secured Arsenal’s second Barclays Premier League crown as the Gunners emulated their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in 1998.

Manchester United 6 Arsenal 1
24 February 2001
Dwight Yorke's hat-trick helped United to rout Arsenal as they moved 16 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. In a blistering start to the match, Yorke opened the scoring after two minutes before Thierry Henry equalised. Two more from Yorke and goals from Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave United a 5-1 lead at half-time. Teddy Sheringham completed the victory with a late goal.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1
23 January 2000
Sheringham's strike maintained United's unbeaten home record in their first match after competing in the World Club Championship in Brazil. Freddie Ljungberg gave Arsenal an early lead, but Sheringham's goal in the 73rd minute meant they shared the points.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1
16 February 1999
Andrew Cole's equaliser gave United an important 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Cole cancelled out Nicolas Anelka's opener, which came just before the interval.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1
13 March 1998
Marc Overmars's late winner gave Arsenal key momentum as they chased the Barclays Premier League title. The win put Arsenal six points behind United with three games in hand as they overhauled their rivals to win the title. Overmars's strike was Arsenal's first Premier League goal at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0
15 November 1996
Nigel Winterburn's own goal ensured United ended a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats. United came in to the game off the back of a 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea, which followed a shock 6-3 drubbing by Southampton and a 5-0 loss away to Newcastle United.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0
19 March 1996
A goal by Eric Cantona meant United won their third successive Premier League home match against Arsenal. United's youthful team featured Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – all 22 or younger.

Manchester United 3 Arsenal 0
21 March 1995
Goals from Mark Hughes, Lee Sharpe and Andrey Kanchelskis secured United a comfortable victory over Arsenal. Hughes opened the scoring just before the half hour before Sharpe doubled their advantage five minutes later. Kanchelskis rounded off the victory 10 minutes before full-time.

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0
18 September 1993
Cantona's first-half goal was enough to give United their first home win against Arsenal in the Premier League.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 0
23 March 1993
The first Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford ended in a goalless draw played in front of more than 37,000 fans.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League in the early kick-off
  • United have dominated the fixture during the Premier League, winning 12 times
  • Arsene Wenger says his team have forgotten the 8-2 humiliation of last season