|Chelsea vs Manchester United|
Chelsea vs Manchester United
English Premier League
Sunday, 28 February 2021
10:00 pm Indian time
Stamford Bridge (London)
Chelsea | 0 - 0 | Manchester United
Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Chilwell, Ziyech, Mount, Giroud.
Manchester United XI:
de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford
The Chelsea vs Manchester United duelin the Week 26 Premier League match will take place at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night, February 28, 2021. This match will be a new test for coach Thomas Tuchel, who has not been defeated since replacing Frank. Lampard at the end of last January.
Chelsea are currently in fifth place in the standings, two points from the fourth-placed West Ham. Meanwhile, Manchester United are in second place, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea's performances under Tuchel have been excellent. The Blues are unbeaten in eight games, with six wins and two draws. They scored 10 goals and conceded twice since the former coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Borussia Dortmund.
The challenge of getting into the top four had previously looked tough for the Blues in the final days of Lampard's tenure. However, now the capital city team has been able to collect 14 points from the 18 available points. They have the opportunity to move West Ham up to fourth if they can beat Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also in good form. In the last eight matches, they are also unbeaten. For away matches, the Red Devils team has a fantastic record, never losing in 19 matches.
The last match, midweek, Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League last 16. Meanwhile, Man United played a goalless draw against Real Sociedad in the second leg of the Europa League last 32.
Chelsea will still play without center-back Thiago Silva at home to Manchester United. The Brazilian defender has been sidelined since the Blues' 1-0 win at Tottenham on February 4 with a thigh injury.
Tuchel confirmed Silva will return to training with the rest of the squad next week. He is expected to return to action in another match at Stamford Bridge with no other injuries.
Veteran striker Olivier Giroud is likely to play against United after scoring an overhead goal against Atletico Madrid. The French player's goal was the decisive goal for Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell are likely not going to play both to give longer recovery time. Callum Hudson-Odi and Marcus Alonso have a chance to play again.
N'Golo Kante looks set to play his second Premier League match under Tuchel after recovering from injury.
As for Manchester United, Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba, all will remain sidelined. However, Solskjaer, on Thursday evening, still hopes that Edinson Cavani, Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay, will be available in the squad selection.
However, in its development, McTominay and Cavani will be absent. Meanwhile, Van de Beek looks likely to be in the squad.
The squad that was deployed to face Chelsea is predicted to change. The Manchester United boss is believed to be rotating his players by fielding David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford from the start of the match.
Juan Mata will not feature against his former club and Daniel James will face a fitness test after picking up his injury in the second leg of the Champions League last 32.
Anthony Martial has the opportunity to replace Cavani. Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood could have appeared on the right side because of James.
Bruno Fernandes, who captained Man United on Thursday before being substituted at the turn of the round, is confirmed to be back in action at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.
In the last six meetings between the two teams, Manchester United won three wins, two draws and Chelsea once won. Most recently, the two played a goalless draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League in October.
Sept 10, 2022