Chelsea v United: Essential info
Manchester United return to Premier League action on Monday night, when we travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Fresh from a trip to Spain during the winter break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be looking to build on a strong recent record against the Blues and enhance our Champions League aspirations.
United are six points behind Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed-side in the Premier League standings, so victory in West London would be a huge boost for our top-four hopes.
Ole has a fantastic record against Chelsea as United boss and has enjoyed four unbeaten clashes with Monday’s opponents, while he's won on both previous visits to Stamford Bridge.
Marcus Rashford’s brace fired us to an emphatic 4-0 victory over the Europa League holders on the opening day of the 2019/20 season and he repeated those exploits at the Bridge in October, when he netted twice during our 2-1 Carabao Cup triumph.
The final Premier League match from this round of fixtures will be broadcast live in the UK on Monday night via Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD. You can also keep across all the action on MUTV. Prior to kick-off, subscribers can watch the build-up via the ‘Match Day Live’ show from 18:55 GMT, followed by live commentary of the game itself. Highlights of the match will be available on Man Utd.com and in the Official App two hours after the final whistle (approx. 00:00 GMT on Tuesday 18 February), while the game will be replayed in full on MUTV at the same time.
Anthony Taylor is the man in the middle for Monday night’s clash. The 41-year-old official has already taken charge of four United games this season, including our season opener against Chelsea in August. He also oversaw our 2-0 defeat to West Ham in September, the Manchester derby victory in December and our 4-0 success over Norwich City last month. Taylor has brandished four red cards in the Premier League this season, including one in a game involving the Blues. He sent off Heung-Min Son during Chelsea’s 2-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. On Monday, Taylor will be assisted by Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn and fourth official Stuart Attwell. Over at Stockley Park, Chris Kavanagh will be on duty, assisted by Sian Massey-Ellis.
Due to the staggered nature of the newly introduced winter break, some of our top-four rivals have already played during this round of fixtures. Sheffield United and Everton both boosted their prospects with home wins last weekend against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively. Third-placed Leicester kick off this week's action when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night (20:00 GMT). Manchester City's fixture against West Ham, which had to be postponed due to the effects of Storm Ciara, will now take place on Wednesday.
FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City (20:00 GMT)
SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY
Southampton v Burnley (12:30 GMT)
Norwich City v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)
SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (14:00 GMT)
Arsenal v Newcastle United (16:30 GMT)
MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY
Chelsea v UNITED (20:00 GMT)
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY
Manchester City v West Ham United (19:30 GMT)
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