Chelsea v United: The essential info
Manchester United are back in action this Saturday, following the international break, and face familiar foes in Chelsea.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…
There are doubts surrounding several first-team players ahead of the trip to the capital. Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay were all forced out of international duty due to injury, while Diogo Dalot (Portugal Under-21s) and Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) also had limited playing time while away with their respective countries over the past two weeks, reportedly due to knocks. Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo have been on the sidelines. Make sure to tune in to the manager’s press conference on Friday for the latest update.
What about Chelsea?
The Blues have almost a full strength squad ahead of our visit this weekend, with their only major concern surrounding the fitness of defender Antonio Rudiger. The centre-back was forced to withdraw from the Germany squad with a groin problem and it is unknown whether he will have recovered in time to face the Reds.
Chelsea are being kept off top spot in the Premier League by goal difference. Maurizio Sarri’s men have won six of their eight league games so far this season and are yet to lose in all competitions. In their last fixture, the Blues beat Southampton 3-0 thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata.
What’s our record like against Chelsea?
We have played the Blues 180 times, the first of which came in 1905. Chelsea actually have a slightly better record than United over the years, winning 54 of the previous encounters compared to our 49. The sides last locked horns in last year’s Emirates FA Cup final, which Chelsea won 1-0.
Who’s the referee?
Mike Dean will be the man in the middle at Stamford Bridge this weekend. The official has taken charge of six Premier League games this season, including United’s 2-1 victory against Watford last month. He will be assisted by Ian Hussin and Darren Cann, while Craig Pawson will be Saturday’s fourth official.
The Reds kick off another programme of Premier League football which features all 20 sides in action over a three-day schedule. Here’s the full list of fixtures…
Saturday 20 October
Chelsea v Manchester United (12:30 BST)
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion
AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
Cardiff City v Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford
Manchester City v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Sunday 21 October
Everton v Crystal Palace (16:00 BST)
Monday 22 October
Arsenal v Leicester City (20:00 BST)
Kick-off times all 15:00 BST unless stated.