Manchester United Football Club, nicknamed “the Red Devils” was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.
Arsenal and Manchester Untied both have an outstanding history and enjoy a great rivalry, however this boiled over in 1990 when a brawl between the two teams resulted in both clubs having points deductions in the Football League First Division. There was also a high level of enmity between Arsène Wenger (1996–2018) and Sir Alex Ferguson (1986–2013), and the two of the club’s former captains Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.
This all came to a head during a league fixture in September 2003 that later become known as the “Battle of Old Trafford”. Arsenal players were aggrieved by Ruud van Nistelrooy’s antics – they felt he cheated trying get Patrick Vieira sent off – it resulted in an unseemly player melee. The next season, Manchester United ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run when Wayne Rooney took a dive to win a controversial penalty – after the game there was a skirmish in the tunnel which ended with Sir Alex enjoying some pizza. A total of seven red cards were shown in matches from February 1997 to February 2005.
Out of interest (mine) here are the players who have made appearances for both clubs.
Manchester United: 1938-1939 (0 apps; 0 goals); Arsenal: 1946-48 (33 apps, 1 goal)
Arsenal: 1954-1961 (166 apps, 99 goals); Manchester United: 1961-1968 (265 apps, 145 goals)
Arsenal: 1963-1969 (202 apps, 2 goals); Manchester United: 1969-1971 (65 apps, 1 goal)
Arsenal: 1966-1972 (308 apps, 77 goals); Manchester United: 1972-1974 (46 apps, 2 goals)
Manchester United: 1965-1974 (46 apps, 0 goals)
Arsenal: 1974-1977 (apps, 146, 0 goals)
Manchester United 1967-1974 (264 apps, 70 goals)
Arsenal 1974-1976 (90 apps, 34 goals)
Arsenal: 1971-1981 (300 apps, 108 goals)
Manchester United: 1981-1987 (288 apps, 78 goals)
Arsenal: 1984-1987 (150 apps, 15 goals)
Manchester United: 1987-1991 (64 apps, 4 goals)
Manchester United 1988-1991 (94 caps)
Arsenal 1991 (0 apps)
Manchester United 1982-1985 (0 apps)
Arsenal 1995-1998 (108 apps, 15 goals)
Arsenal: 1989-1992 (2 apps, 0 goals)
Manchester United: 1995-2001 (195 apps, 93 goals)
Manchester United 1999-2008 (361 apps, 10 goals)
Arsenal 2008-2010 (46 apps, 6 goals)
Robin van Persie
Arsenal: 2004-2012 (279 apps, 132 goals); Manchester United: 2012-2015 (105 apps, 58 goals)
Manchester United: 2008-2014 (142 apps, 29 goals)
Arsenal: 2014-present (91 apps, 22 goals)
Arsenal: 2014-2018 (122 apps, 60 goals)
Manchester United: 2018 – present (29 apps, 3 goals)
Manchester United: 2016-2018 (39 apps, 5 goals); Arsenal: 2018 – present (29 apps, 8 goals)
It hurts to write this but the fact is Manchester United are England’s most successful football team they have an extraordinary record of achievements – but I cannot bear to list them and I’m sure that you don’t want me to – so instead I will concentrate on our home games against them.
Our overall home record is very impressive and we dominated them at home prior to the introduction of the Premier League with a record of – W44, D11, L18, GF151, and GA84.
Even though it is less dominant, our winning home record has continued in the Premier League.
Historically this Sunday’s game is our 100th home league game against Manchester United and a little known fact is that United has lost more away games against Arsenal (54) than they have to any other Football League club – long may it last!
I sense another victory.