Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dropped Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku from his starting XI to face Arsenal on Wednesday.

The pair were part of the United side to draw 2-2 with Southampton on the weekend, with Mourinho reportedly calling Pogba a virus in the aftermath.

What is the big team news for both sides? Five key things to know…

  1. Prior to the team news being announced, Arsenal boss Unai Emery had doubts Mesut Ozil would be fit having suffered with a back injury.
  2. And the German has not returned to full fitness in time, missing out for the third game in a row.
  3. Aaron Ramsey captains the Gunners, fresh from his two assists in Sunday’s win over Tottenham.
  4. Meanwhile, United start without their two record signings Pogba and Lukaku who have been dropped to the bench.
  5. There is, however, a first league start for Diogo Dalot and returns in defence for Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

Pogba and Lukaku are two of seven changes from the side which drew with Southampton, with only David de Gea, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford keeping their spots.

United continue with a back five for the visit of Arsenal, but have been able to name a trio of centre-backs with Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo all returning.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have made two changes from the team which started the win over Tottenham on Sunday.

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The Gunners are without midfielder Granit Xhaka who is suspended having received his fifth yellow card of the season in the 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

His absence has brought to an end Xhaka’s impressive streak of featuring in the past 65 league games for Arsenal, with the last game the Swiss midfielder missed coming in a 2-0 win over Hull City in February 2017.

Xhaka is replaced in Emery’s starting XI by Matteo Guendouzi, while Aaron Ramsey comes in for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

United will be looking to close the gap on Arsenal in fourth place to seven points with a win, while Arsenal could potentially leapfrog Chelsea into third if the Blues slip up away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

United fans react to Pogba and Lukaku missing out

Despite the poor performances in the draw with Southampton, United fans were not happy to see Pogba and Lukaku dropped to the bench.

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