Since the league’s inception in 1992, Chelsea and Manchester United have won 18 of the 30 available titles. Both teams have new managers now, with Blues manager Graham Potter undefeated in his first seven games since switching from Brighton (W5, D2). The Blues have been solid in defense under Potter having conceded just twice since Thomas Tuchel was sacked.
Manchester United on the other hand have defeated three of the four “big six” teams they have faced this season and will fancy their chances against Chelsea on the back of their impressive midweek win over Spurs. The Red Devils were hailed for performance against Spurs, with the London side relying on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to keep the score respectable.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Team News
Wesley Fofana (knee), Reece James (knee), and N’Golo Kante (thigh) will all be out again for Chelsea, but Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech should be available.
Conor Gallagher’s substitution on Wednesday after 15 minutes sparked worries about yet another injury, but Potter has since revealed that his exit was caused by illness. Mateo Kovacic can anticipate a recall after a strong substitute performance.
Additionally, Armando Broja and Kai Havertz can anticipate the return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling to the lineup. Ben Chilwell, who received a full week’s rest in midweek, should also play at left back.
Cristiano Ronaldo walking down the tunnel before the final whistle had marred Man United’s victory over Tottenham somewhat, but it has since been reported that the 37-year-old left the stadium entirely after trudging off the sidelines. Hence, Ronaldo has been dropped from the squad for this match.
Axel Tuanzebe (unspecified), Brandon Williams (unspecified), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (muscle), Harry Maguire (hamstring), Donny van de Beek (muscle), and Anthony Martial (back) are among the numerous injured players the Dutchman must deal with.
Chelsea vs Manchester United – Predicted XI
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Koulibaly, Silva, Chalobah; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Sterling, Mount; Aubameyang
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford