Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer makes five changes to face Chelsea

Ander Herrera is back in Manchester United’s starting XI as manager Ole Solskjaer rejigs his midfield department following the 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City in midweek.

Herrera has missed the last six matches due to thigh and hamstring injuries. He last played in the home Premier League win against Watford on 30 March.

As United go head-to-head with top-four rivals Chelsea, Solskjaer also brings three players back into his side to face their former club.

Juan Mata is back for United
Juan Mata is among the returnees to face his old club

Nemanja Matic returns and Juan Mata, who hasn’t played in the last three matches, also comes back into the engine-room department.

Romelu Lukaku came on as a sub in the Manchester derby last Wednesday but he completes the former Chelsea trio as he’s plunged back into the attack alongside Marcus Rashford.

There is also a comeback for Eric Bailly in place of Chris Smalling. Bailly has not featured as a starter since the memorable night in France when United beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the Champions League.

United: De Gea, Young (C), Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Rojo, Andreas, McTominay, Alexis, Martial.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Higuain.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud.

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