Man Utd’s superb home form key to ending Arsenal hopes

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Say what you like about Manchester United’s lack of style under Louis van Gaal so far, but it’s a results business and they just keep on coming for the Dutchman, especially at home.

Had the results dried up for LVG then the next visitors to Old Trafford would have been heavily fancied to break their hoodoo there.

FA Cup holders Arsenal arrive for their quarter-final tie against the Red Devils having lost their last five games in all competitions at the Theatre of Dreams and are therefore priced a little narrowly at 19/10 to claim victory.

Arsenal haven’t actually beaten their old rivals in seven games home or away and their road form under Arsene Wenger is still very creaky.

The Gunners may have turned it on against Manchester City at the Etihad in mid January when leaving 2-0 winners, but rather than signify a sea change in Arsenal’s form in the important away games, that result is starting to look like an anomaly.

The Etihad victory was sandwiched between losses at Southampton and Tottenham, while only West Ham (other than City) in the current top half of the Premier League have lost at home to Arsenal.

Throw into the mix that United have somehow managed to cobble together 10 wins from their last 11 in front of their own and suddenly the 6/4 on the hosts begins to look very plump.

Back among the goals a certain Wayne Rooney, who scored the winner at the Emirates in the 2-1 league triumph back in November, looks the best United man to back in the wincast market at 11/4.

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Christian Crowther

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