Early team news for Chelsea clash

Tuesday 02 April 2024 20:27

Manchester United are back in action with a second successive London fixture, taking on Chelsea this Thursday night (20:15 BST kick-off).

Manager Erik ten Hag named an unchanged team from the Emirates FA Cup win over Liverpool before the international break but admitted his disappointment with the lack of intensity during the 1-1 draw at Brentford on Saturday.

Amad is definitely available again after serving his one-game ban, following his heroics in the memorable quarter-final tie at Old Trafford, while Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and goalscorer Mason Mount came off the bench at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Antony was also one of the substitutes used by Ten Hag and offers an option on the flanks.

However, defenders Victor Lindelof and Martinez have been ruled out for at least a month due to muscle injuries, while Raphael Varane was also forced off at the weekend.

Lindelof went down in the second half, prompting a quick gesture for a change, and Varane failed to reappear for the restart. Even if the manager hinted afterwards there was a precautionary aspect behind the decision regarding the Frenchman, he did appear hurt after a late challenge by Ivan Toney in the opening period.

Jonny Evans, an experienced alternative at the heart of the defence, has been absent of late.

Our training pictures from Carrington on Tuesday showed Altay Bayindir among the goalkeeping group, following his muscular problem, after Tom Heaton was the substitute keeper against Brentford.

Several youngsters were also involved as the Reds prepare to take on Mauricio Pochettino's men, desperate to make up ground on Aston Villa and Tottenham in the fight for a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial are all out of action.


The Blues will give an update on Wednesday but they are dealing with an extensive injury list at present.

Full-back Malo Gusto is the latest doubt after suffering a hamstring issue in the 2-2 draw with Burnley, but Ben Chilwell and Carney Chukwuemeka could be available. Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and defender Levi Colwill also have question-marks over their participation, while Trevoh Chalobah is tipped to return.

Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu and Christopher Nkunku appear to be definitely ruled out.