Manchester United v Chelsea : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: October 23, 2020, 8:24 pm (1 month ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

Date :Saturday 24th October,2020
Time: 5:30pm
Stadium Old Trafford
Referee Martin Atkinson (England)

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Manchester United
Manchester United's win over PSG was made all the more impressive by the fact that they were missing captain Harry Maguire and his first-choice back-up Eric Bailly to injury.

Bailly will miss up to four weeks and so this game comes far too soon for him, but Solskjaer was more hopeful about the prospect of Maguire returning in time for this match.

Should the England international pass a late fitness test then Solskjaer will have a decision to make after Axel Tuanzebe put in such an accomplished display on his first game for 10 months in Paris.

Anthony Martial serves the second of his three-game ban following his red card against Spurs, which could open the door for deadline-day arrival Edinson Cavani to make his debut after being left at home for the trip to his former club PSG.

Mason Greenwood is also expected to return after being left out of the last two squads - an absence Solskjaer insists is down to injury despite speculation that he has been warned about indiscipline by club chiefs.

Jesse Lingard is unavailable for the hosts, although he was unlikely to be included regardless while Paul Pogba may again have to settle for a place on the bench.

Bruno Fernandes was on the scoresheet again in midweek to make it 16 goals and 11 assists for the club, directly contributing to more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player since making his debut.

Marcus Rashford was once again the hero in Paris for Man United, and he boasts four goals in his last three games against Chelsea too, including a brace in the corresponding fixture last season.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
Manchester United Premier League form: LWLW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WWWLWW

Chelsea now have close to a full-strength squad to choose from, with Billy Gilmour and Kepa Arrizabalaga the only absentees after Mendy returned ahead of schedule against Sevilla.

Lampard played down concerns over the fitness of Thiago Silva after he fell awkwardly against Sevilla, while fellow summer signing Hakim Ziyech is pushing for his first start.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

Chelsea Premier League form: WLDWD
Chelsea form (all competitions): WDLWDD

Head To Head
Chelsea won the most recent showdown between these two sides - an FA Cup semi-final triumph in July - but their last three wins in this fixture have all come in that competition, stretching back to their last Premier League triumph in 2016.

Man United won both meetings by a 6-0 aggregate scoreline last season, in addition to beating the Blues in the EFL Cup, and could win three consecutive top-flight games against Chelsea for the first time since Sir Matt Busby's team achieved the feat in September 1965.

Lampard, on the other hand, would become the first Chelsea boss ever to lose his first three games against Man United if Saturday's showdown also ends in defeat, including a 4-0 loss in his very first match at the helm last August.

Chelsea have not won at Old Trafford since 2013 - a seven-game streak which makes for their longest run without a top-flight victory away to Man United since a 16-game spell which stretched from 1920 to 1957.

Incidentally, this is the most played fixture between two top-flight teams across all competitions since the Premier League era began, with Saturday's meeting the 82nd time they have faced off since 1992-93.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

Posted: (1 month ago) on 23-10-2020 08:24 PM | Hero