Manchester United pulled off a surprise 2-1 win away to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek to ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chelsea are undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions but have drawn four of their last five. United are unbeaten in their last seven home league matches with Chelsea.
Anthony Martial is still serving his three-match domestic ban.
Deadline day signing Edinson Cavani is working his way towards match fitness. Harry Maguire missed the 2-1 win away to PSG in midweek through injury and remains a doubt. It’s unclear whether Mason Greenwood will be available this weekend after missing United’s last two games.
Axel Tuanzebe should retain his place in the side after a formidable return in midweek after 10 months out. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should stick with the 3-4-1-2 formation used in midweek, with Dan James or Greenwood partnering Marcus Rashford in attack. Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are pushing for starts after being dropped against PSG.
Frank Lampard is managing Thiago Silva’s workload but will surely want his best centre-back on the pitch at Old Trafford. With No.1 goalkeeper Edouard Mendy back available, Billy Gilmour is Chelsea’s only injury concern at the moment. Few changes are expected from the side that held Sevilla to a 0-0 draw in midweek.
United’s Home Record
Unbeaten in seven home league matches against Chelsea (W3, D4) Manchester United are buoyant after an excellent midweek win (2-1 vs PSG). However, they are winless in the last three Premier League (PL) matches but Solskjaer has lost just one of his four meetings with Frank Lampard as manager. United also seem to thrive in the ‘big’ matches with their counter-attacking approach. If Chelsea decides to play with a low defensive block – then United might struggle to break them down.
Marcus Rashford scored the winner against PSG and should be United’s most potent weapon on attack with Martial serving his ban. On the counter or from long range, Rashford is capable of scoring.
Timo Werner got off the mark in terms of Premier League goals last week. His searing pace will trouble any defence and despite a win at PSG, we expect Werner to cause havoc on Saturday at Old Trafford.
United have scored and conceded in every league match his season. Chelsea have conceded in all but one and scored in all but one. Naturally, you would expect goals to be scored in this fixture especially considering the goal-friendly nature of the Premier League this season.