All you need to know ahead of Chelsea v United
Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to face an in-form Chelsea side this Sunday, as the Reds look to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Thankfully, the Reds have been hugely impressive on the road in the league so far this season and Ole will be looking for a repeat of last season’s performance at Stamford Bridge as goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire secured the victory.
In all competitions, United have won our last three away games against Chelsea, with those victories coming in the Emirates FA Cup in February 2019, the Carabao Cup in October 2019 and the Premier League in February 2020. We’ve actually never won four consecutive matches at the Bridge, so history beckons for the Reds this weekend…
The match kicks off at 16:30 GMT and it will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports. You can follow the action on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, where you can predict line-ups and track in-game data using our Match Centre. MUTV will also provide build-up, live radio commentary and post-match reaction, as well as showing full returns of the game the following day.
United could rotate the squad once more, after naming a strong but youthful side for our Europa League round-of-32, second-leg fixture against Real Sociedad. Ole confirmed ahead of the game that Juan Mata is out, while Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani look unlikely to be fit in time. However, there is better news concerning Donny van de Beek, with the boss revealing the Dutchman has returned to training following a recent knock.
Chelsea meanwhile, are without one key player, centre-back Thiago Silva, who has been ruled out with a thigh injury. The 36-year-old signed for Chelsea last summer from Paris Saint-Germain and has been a rock at the back since arriving in south London. To cover for the Brazilian’s absence, Tuchel is likely to name a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma.
Sunday’s clash will round off a busy month for United that began with an empathic 9-0 win against Southampton followed by progressing into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with victory over an in-form West Ham United.
The Reds then took to the road to face West Bromwich Albion in a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns, followed by the 4-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad in Turin. Ole’s men remain unbeaten in our last eight games in all competitions, including the 3-1 win over Newcastle United last weekend, and Thursday’s draw with La Reales.
As for Chelsea, they also endured midweek success in Europe after putting in a fantastic performance to beat Spanish giants Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions Leagues round-of-16 clash. Since the arrival of German manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues are unbeaten in all competitions and have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games. The former PSG boss has had a huge impact at the club, rocketing them up to fifth in the standings, six points behind Manchester United.
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Having spent big in the summer of 2020, Chelsea’s squad is filled with exceptional talent. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy all joined the Blues at the end of last season and despite a slow start, are starting to find their feet playing in English football.
Strikers Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Tino Werner are all worth keeping an eye on in the Chelsea attack, especially Giroud who scored an outstanding winner against Atletico on Tuesday. In the midfield, Mason Mount has arguably been Chelsea’s star man this term and has played more minutes than any of his team-mates.
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis & Simon Long
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis
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This weekend sees four Saturday games, five on Sunday and we round up the weekend’s action on Monday at Goodison Park.
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY
Manchester City v West Ham United (12:30 GMT)
West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00 GMT)
Leeds United v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (20:00 GMT)
SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY
Crystal Palace v Fulham (12:00 GMT)
Leicester City v Arsenal (12:00 GMT)
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley (14:00 GMT)
Chelsea v United (16:30 GMT)
Sheffield United v Liverpool (19:15 GMT)
MONDAY 1 MARCH
Everton v Southampton (20:00 GMT)