Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Preview, Prediction, Team News, And Probable Lineups
The fiercest Premier League rivals come face to face at Old Trafford on Sunday. So, who will come out on top?
Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview
Both teams have returned from their Champions League First Leg game with a draw against strong opponents. Now, it is time they start in the Premier League and both teams being in the top four, brings even more excitement to the match as they both look for a win.
Chelsea were recently undergoing a bad form, where they had a difficult time to secure a win. Recent wins in the premier league and an impressive performance against Barcelona seems to have brought life back to the Blues.
The last five games for the Red Devils has seen them win two of the five games, with a draw and two losses. They are just three points ahead of the Blues, and nothing would be better than a game against these two sides as one hopes to outrun the other. The Blues need to secure a win if they do not want to be behind Tottenham as Spurs play Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Though the Red Devils have had a couple of hindrances in the premier league a home game still gives them the edge over the Blues. Every time these sides meet there has been no shortage of goals, and we can expect the same as they meet again at Old Trafford.
Over the past, many games have been played between these Premier League Sides. The last five meetings between these two sides saw Manchester United winning only one game while Chelsea have won three of them with one game played out for a 1-1 draw.
A goal from Alvaro Morato was the match-winning moment for the Blues. With both teams putting up an impressive performance the last time they met, we can expect the same as they look to clash again.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training after he sustained knee injury. He is in a race against time as he hopes to start against Chelsea and show off his attributes.
Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones had missed the Champions League clash against Sevilla due to knocks they faced. Marouane Fellaini is likely to be sidelined with a knee injury he faces. Ander Herrera came off in the match against Sevilla as he sustained a foot injury in the game.
David Luiz is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and will not be featuring in the clash against Manchester United. Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he faced in training.
These two players will be left out in the match against the Red Devils. Ross Barkley was not selected in the game against Barcelona, but he has been attending the first team training sessions ahead of this big clash.
Players To Watch
Belgian forward, Romelu Lukaku will be in the highlights as the Red Devils host the Blues at Old Trafford. In his 26 appearances for the club, Lukako has scored 12 goals.
The Belgian is a talented player who will be looking to score goals. With the arrival of Sanchez form Arsenal, Lukaku will be receiving quality support as the team hope to stretch the point difference between them and Chelsea. His strength and his knack for scoring goals make him a lethal striker.
Eden Hazard is obviously the danger man for the Blues. With 11 goals from 23 appearances, he will be looking to aim his shots at target.
Jose Mourinho will definitely improvise tactics to stop Hazard, but the playmaker cannot simply be stopped. With his goal scoring ability and his dribbling skills, he will definitely create problems for the Red Devils defense.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Line up (Predicted XI)
Manchester United Line up (4-2-3-1)
The Red Devils need to win and Jose Mourinho will be playing the full strength of the squads. Most likely the formation will be a 4-2-3-1, and Pogba may start in the game.
GK: De Gea
DEF: Young (LB), Smalling (CB), Bailly (CB), Valencia (RB)
MID: Pogba (CM), Matic (CDM), Alexis Sanchez (LW), Lingard (CAM), Martial (RW)
Chelsea Line up (3-4-2-1)
The Blues are in a must-win situation if they do not want to be left behind by Tottenham Hotspur. Conte has a fear of losing his job, and he definitely will want to show some strong performance as they travel to Old Trafford.
DEF: Rudiger (LB), Christensen (CB), Azpilicueta (RB)
MID: Fabregas (CDM), Kante (CDM), Alonso (LM), Moses (RM)
Manchester United vs Chelsea Prediction
Both sides will be playing to their strength as they face off at Old Trafford. Having put up an impressive performance in the Champions League, both teams will now be aiming for a win in the Premier League. Manchester United have the edge being their home ground, but Chelsea are a team that is never to be underestimated.
There will be goals from both these heavyweights, and one team will inevitably rise atop the other. We henceforth predict the win for Manchester United.
Our Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea