Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said “We’ve got our form back” after his team played sublime football to oust French champions Paris Saint Germain in the French capital with an impressive win in midweek.
One can easily side with Ole as United looked like a side back to their best. Remember, it wasn’t long ago United were unbeaten in 14 matches after the resumption.
Manchester United will entertain Chelsea on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League for a super showdown as both sides look to earn bragging rights.
United won both league meetings vs Chelsea last season – and at odds-against on Saturday, there’s a strong case for them to continue that winning trend.
Manchester United team news
Edinson Cavani could make his Manchester United debut having joined on deadline day of the summer transfer as a free agent. The Uruguayan had to undergo a two-week quarantine period following his arrival at Old Trafford but has been working on his fitness.
United’s captain Harry Maguire and youngster Mason Greenwood, having been absent from the trip to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, are both in contention to feature against the Blues.
Eric Bailly is out for a month while Anthony Martial is still serving a suspension following his red card in the defeat to Tottenham. Jesse Lingard remains a couple of weeks away from fitness.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla, has picked up a shoulder injury and will miss the trip to Old Trafford.
Edouard Mendy, however, returned from a slight knock while on international duty and kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw in west London.
Veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero is in line to take a seat on the bench.
Billy Gilmour (knee) is the only other absentee with Hakim Ziyech hoping to add to his two appearances off the bench having returned to fitness.
Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Manchester United are looking to win three consecutive top-flight meetings against Chelsea for the first time since September 1965 under Matt Busby.
- Chelsea are winless in their last seven Premier League away matches against Manchester United (D4 L3); it is the Blues’ longest run without a top-flight win at Old Trafford since a 16-game streak between September 1920 and January 1957.
- In the Premier League era since 1992-93, Manchester United vs Chelsea is the most played fixture between top-flight teams in all competitions, with this the 82nd meeting between the sides since then.
- Only once in their league history have Manchester United lost each of their opening three home league games in a single campaign, doing so in the 1930-31 season when they finished bottom.
- Manchester United last lost three consecutive league matches at Old Trafford in February 1979 (lost their last two), whilst they last went five consecutive matches without a victory on home soil in the league in February 1990 (winless in their last four; D2 L2).
- Since the start of last season, Chelsea’s away Premier League games have seen more goals scored than any other side’s have in the competition (87), with the Blues shipping more goals on the road than any other Premier League side in that time (42).
Manchester United has always found a way to beat Chelsea irrespective of form or injuries to key contributors. United should win this one.
Verdict: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea