Manchester unbeaten in final 5 video games, Chelsea haven’t misplaced since Potter arrived final month.
Who: Chelsea vs Manchester United
The place: Stamford Bridge, London, UK
When: 5.30pm (16:30 GMT)
Manchester United head to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon for what guarantees to be a key recreation for a top-four end.
The match units the scene for a mouth-watering tactical conflict between new managers Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter.
The recruitment of each males by their respective golf equipment alerts a transfer away from big-name managerial signings, and their calming touchline presence suggests a departure from the heated rivalries that reached its top in the course of the reigns of Antonio Conte and José Mourinho.
Wednesday’s win makes it 5 video games undefeated for Ten Hag because the 6-3 derby defeat to Manchester Metropolis. Manchester United may even have been buoyed by a disciplined 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
They’re at present fifth within the Premier League, only one level behind Chelsea who’re in fourth.
Chelsea stay undefeated since Potter arrived in September and head into immediately’s fixture with 5 clear sheets in all competitions.
A key recreation for Erik ten Hag
Ten Hag, who has been accountable for Manchester United because the begin of the season, misplaced his first recreation at residence to a Brighton group then managed by Potter.
A loss to Chelsea will undoubtedly heap strain on Ten Hag, who, regardless of spectacular wins towards Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool, has overseen a 4-0 drubbing by Brentford and a string of lacklustre performances within the Europa League.
Two consecutive wins towards big-name groups will go a good distance in constructing belief in Ten Hag’s imaginative and prescient for Manchester United.
The final 4 head-to-head matches have been cagey affairs which have led to attracts, nevertheless it was Chelsea who final gained the fixture 3-1 in a 2020 FA Cup semi-final conflict.
Ronaldo not in squad
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the meantime, won’t be in United’s match-day squad after the ahead stormed down the tunnel and left the stadium earlier than the ultimate whistle towards Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Manchester United supervisor has since labelled his behaviour “unacceptable”. The ahead, who scored 24 targets in all competitions final season for United, has solely made two Premier League begins this season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears set to begin up entrance after being rested of their goalless draw towards Brentford on Wednesday.
Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling will doubtless play behind Aubameyang. Conor Gallagher is out with sickness so Mateo Kovačić appears set to interchange him in midfield, the place he will likely be joined by Marc Cucurella, Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah and Thiago Silva will make up the again three in Potter’s most popular 3-4–2-1 formation with Kepa Arrizabalaga in objective.
Anthony Martial will miss the sport attributable to a again harm, so Marcus Rashford will doubtless begin up entrance with Jadon Sancho, Antony and Bruno Fernandes in attacking midfield. Christian Eriksen will likely be benched.
In defensive midfield, Ten Hag will look to Casemiro, who has introduced stability to the group since signing from Actual Madrid and Fred.
A again 4 will doubtless embody Diogo Dalot, Raphaël Varane, Lisandro Martínez and Luke Shaw, with David de Gea in objective.
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