Date: 3rd November 2012 at 12:16pm
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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