Watch live: Manchester United vs. Arsenal (lineups and discuss)

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With Manchester United lagging behind in the Premier League table’s eighth position, now is the chance for David Moyes to make a statement at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils host league leaders Arsenal at 11:10 am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The enormous matchup could be a great litmus test for both sides.  For Manchester United they will find out just where they stack up against the hottest team in the league. For Arsenal, they will need to continue their form against a team fighting for its top-of-the-table lives.

Manchester United will have the services of Robin van Persie, despite rumblings beforehand that he may miss out due to a groin injury. Van Persie, a former Gunner, will be crucial if United are to have any chance of getting back on track to defend their title from last season.

Phil Jones and Michael Carrick will sit back for United with Valencia, Kagawa and Rooney forward in what seems to be a very defensive lineup by David Moyes.  Jones, a natural center-back, continues to be played out of position.

For Arsenal, Mesut Ozil is a key cog in the lineup and is a fixture in their starting side, and Olivier Giroud makes the eleven after passing a fitness test of his own.  Santi Cazorla also returns to the lineup on the wing, having been displaced by the red-hot Ozil.

Jack Wilshere makes the Arsenal bench, returning from injury of his own, while Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky both miss out completely due to a virus making the team rounds. Wenger confirmed that also ailing from the bug are Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry, but both are feeling well enough to make the squad.

LINEUPS:

Manchester United – De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie.
Bench – Lindegaard, Giggs, Chicharito, Nani, Cleverley, Fellaini, Januzaj.

Arsenal – Sczcesny; Sagna, Koscienly, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud.
Bench – Fabianski, Wilshere, Monreal, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Hayden, Bendtner.

VIDEO: Tunisia equalizes on controversial penalty kick

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England centerback Kyle Walker put his arm up to halt the forward progress of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. Unfortunately for Walker, Ben Youssef was in the box and Walker’s elbow caught Ben Youssef’s face.

Referee Wilmar Roldan quickly whistled for a penalty kick and despite the protests from a half-dozen of England players and a check from the VAR, the called stood. Ferjani Sassi’stepped up to the spot and found the lower-left corner, just barely beating Jordan Pickford to tie the game in the 35th minute.

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How will England respond?

VIDEO: Captain Kane puts England on the board early

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It may be the easiest goal-scoring opportunity Harry Kane‘s ever had in an international competition, and he finished it as easy as you’d like.

Kane side-footed home after Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen made a terrific save on John Stone’s header off a corner, but the save was directed right into a wide-open Kane who was standing ready inside the six yard box. The 11th minute goal will surely settle some of the Three Lions’ nerves as they open their World Cup bid in Russia.

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After slow start, Belgium takes care of business against feisty Panama

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All it took was one goal to bring Belgium to life.

Following a frustrating first 45 minutes, in which Belgium put a pair of shots into the side netting and forced saves from Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Dries Mertens 47th minute goal opened the floodgates, as Belgium went on to defeat Panama, 3-0, Monday afternoon in Sochi.

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But Panama never made it easy for the Belgians. From the opening whistle the CONCACAF nation showed its incredible spirit, chasing down Belgium all across the field and making life incredibly difficult for Belgium attackers Romelu Lukaku, Mertens and Eden Hazard. Hazard was hacked down all over the field, and while he did earn fouls and a few yellow cards were issued to Panamanian players, it was enough to get in Hazard’s head.

Two minutes into the second half, everything changed. A wonderstrike from Mertens opened the game, and forced Panama to attack and try and tie the match, which gave Hazard, de Bruyne and Lukaku more space to operate.

In the heat and humidity of the Sochi summer, Panama’s veteran defense began to tire, allowing de Bruyne the space to deliver a terrific assist to Lukaku in the box, putting Belgium up 2-0 in the 69th minute.

 

Six minutes later, Lukaku was put through on the break, chipping over Penedo to confirm the victory.

With the win, Belgium moves to the top of Group G. Up next for Belgium is Tunisia on Saturday, while Panama takes on England on Sunday.

VIDEO: de Bruyne delivers gorgeous assist on Lukaku goal

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It took a little bit of patience, but Romelu Lukaku finally got on the scoresheet at the 2018 World Cup, thanks to a delicious assist from crosstown club rival Kevin De Bruyne.

The Manchester City playmaker delivered a spectacular outside-of-the-boot cross into the box, where Lukaku’s head met it and guided it towards the far post for Belgium’s second goal of the day.

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