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Manchester United v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 24th October

Venue: Old Trafford

Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After dropping points against Southampton last weekend and a goalless draw with Sevilla midweek, our late kick-off today sees us take on a United side who got back to winning ways against Newcastle last weekend and beat PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Oh, and they had the making of us last season as well.

It’s not all bad news though, against the Saints last weekend we looked immense going forward and Frank Lampard is clearly trying to tease out the incredible talent we have in our squad. It’s just frustrating that whatever message he gives them before they go out on a pitch, seems to fade from their memories faster than a fly-by-night’s respect for a midfield legend. In fact, as soon as we’re up against a bit of pressing from our opponents, we have all the flair of a US president with the Village People on the sound system. We’ve shipped more away goals than anyone else since the start of last season and this evening, our defence will be up against Marcus Rashford who not only scored the winner against PSG midweek, but has also scored 4 against us in our last 3 meetings, including a brace in this fixture last season. Not forgetting Bruno Fernandes, who has been involved in 20 goals in 18 Premier League appearances for United and wins penalties for fun.

Manchester United haven’t been exactly solid though, and the 6 goals they conceded against their former manager’s side would suggest they also have a defence with a tendency to go walk-abouts during a game. They’ve won five of their last six games across all competitions though, and whilst those wins have all come away from Old Trafford, it at least suggests there’s a bit of consistency about them.

At the start of the day, Chelsea are the only club to have won more Premier League fixtures against Manchester United than they have lost but if we play like we did against Southampton, that won’t be the case by the end of the day.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says “If you lose games you’re determined to win, to bounce back I saw that focus at Newcastle and after you beat PSG gives you more belief and confidence. Two very good performances and results but now it’s the next game and that’s what we’re focused on.

[Chelsea’s start] is like many of us, some very good games, some lesser performances, football is just settling now and teams are just getting into their shape. We know it’s gonna be a tough game against Chelsea, we had maybe four or five games against them last year, two teams that know each other really well.”

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says “We have played them a lot, in two cup competitions as well as the league. They are a quality team, individuals and organisation.  They went to Paris and got a fantastic result, and everything is very close in the league. It’s an opportunity to get some very hard-earned points, but it will be a tough match.  I think the league’s unpredictable, you can analyse all the games; you talk about certain games were big teams have conceded a lot of goals or there have been big turnarounds in games.  We’ve been part of one of those, and so have others. So I’m not interested in that, I think Man United are a very good team, we’ve played them enough last year to know that and I’m not concerned about what might have happened in games before. We’ll take them at face value.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Manchester United, Eric Bailly may miss four weeks with a muscular injury, Harry Maguire didn’t play midweek but is expected to be available today and Mason Greenwood should be off the naughty step but Anthony Martial is suspended. Predictably, Edinson Cavani is in contention to make his Manchester United debut against us.

For Chelsea, Kepa is unavailable with a shoulder injury and Billy Gilmour isn’t ready to return from injury yet. Hakim Ziyech could make his first start.

TEAMS

MANCHESTER UNITED (Possible line-up): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

LAST SEASON

Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea (19 August 2019)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

MANCHESTER UNITED: LWLW

CHELSEA: WLDWD

OTHER STUFF

  • Manchester United can win three consecutive top-flight meetings against Chelsea for the first time since September 1965.
  • Chelsea are without a win in seven Premier League away matches against Manchester United.
  • Chelsea have drawn four of their eight matches in all competitions this season.
  • Manchester United could lose their opening three home league matches for only the second time in their history
  • Manchester United last lost three consecutive league fixtures at Old Trafford in 1979.
  • Manchester United have taken 13 points from losing positions in 2020.
  • In 2020, Chelsea have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won four of his six matches as Manchester United manager against Chelsea.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

90min: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

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