STAR PREVIEW Sun: Chelsea v Manchester United

Manchester United started life after Ole with a vital result at Villarreal, but there’s much work to be done at Old Trafford and they could be brought back down to earth by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Carrick dedicated Tuesday’s 2-0 win to the recently sacked Solskjaer and will be steering the ship until Ralf Rangnick takes over as interim manager. That appointment could turn to be a very shrewd one based on his track record – Rangnick won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 and took RB Leipzig to the final in 2019 and is very highly rated – but there’s a lot of work to be done in the short term.

United did show resilience to overcome Villarreal with a deserved win, where goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho secured their place in this season’s Champions League knockouts but facing Chelsea will be a far harder task.

Chelsea v Manchester United
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Main Event HD / Sky Sports Premier League HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
JUL 2020 FA CUP Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
OCT 2019 EFL CUP Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United
AUG 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea
FEB 2019 FA CUP Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
MAY 2018 FA CUP Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s side dismantled a shoddy Leicester outfit last weekend before delivering what was arguably their best performance of the season when steamrollering Juventus. The entire eleven played a part, with Reece James, Thiago Silva, Jorginho, and Hakim Ziyech all having a huge influence on the game as they overwhelmed the Italians.

Frustratingly for Tuchel, Chilwell suffered what could be a season ending knee injury and N’Golo Kante also had to go off, but Reuben Loftus-Cheek had an excellent game in Kante’s absence whilst Cesar Azpilicueta was solid enough as Chilwell’s replacement.

United’s individual quality means that Chelsea will have to be on their wits defensively, but there’s no doubting which of the two sides is better placed to take victory and Chelsea can keep their title bid rolling. Back them to win in the 90-minute market, and follow up with the 3/4 on them giving a small start on the Asian Handicap, where we get paid out fully if Chelsea win by two goals and we get half our stake back if they win by a single goal.


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