Inter need the points too. Luciano Spalletti’s side started the campaign looking like serious title challengers and while those hopes have faded away, a Champions League place is still up for grabs for the Nerazzurri; they start the weekend in fifth, just a point behind Roma and Lazio.
Given the rivalry that exists between these two massive sides, Inter will also be desperate to knock Juventus off course and hand the initiative to Napoli. However, this Bianconeri side are made of strong stuff and have so many big characters within their squad that a big performance under pressure feels almost inevitable.
Although this match means little for both of these sides at this point in the campaign, there are a couple of intriguing storylines that’ll make the showdown at Old Trafford a watchable one.
Most pertinently, it’ll be the final time Arsene Wenger takes an Arsenal side to Manchester United. It’s a fixture that has produced so many wonderful memories for the Gunners boss down the years; Arsenal famously clinched the Premier League title at the stadium with a win towards the end of the 2001-02 stadium.
Both teams are in a very different position now. Arsenal, in particular, have been rotten away from home throughout this season. Since the turn of the year they’ve yet to pick up a point in any of their Premier League matches on the road, with the most recent 2-1 surrender at Newcastle United indicative of their issues.
As for United, they appear to be finding some form at a crucial point, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday to secure an FA Cup final berth. Alexis Sanchez, who joined the Red Devils from Arsenal in January, will also be out to impress up against his former club.
Fresh from one of the biggest results in the football club’s history, Napoli will bounce to Fiorentina on Sunday with their title dreams reignited.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s header in the last minute of the clash in Turin will live long in the memory and will be especially cherished if Napoli do go on and win the title this term. Still, there’s a job for Maurizio Sarri’s team to do against Fiorentina in what is arguably the toughest fixture remaining of their four games.