It’s been a frantic month to say the least for Manchester United as they travel to the capital to face league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
United’s last Premier League game resulted in yet another humiliating defeat – this time at the hands of Watford who won 4-1 – while Chelsea defeated Leicester City in a 3-0 victory.
The writing was on the wall for the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the dismal defeat against Claudio Ranieri’s Watford who out-ran, out-thought and heavily out-scored the visitors.
Despite David de Gea’s heroics from saving two penalties, goals from Josh King and Ismaila Sarr took the Hornets to a 2-0 lead before half-time.
Donny van de Beek got the visitors back into the game shortly after half-time though a calamitous moment which saw captain Harry Maguire sent off opened the floodgates, with Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventure finishing off United – and Solskjaer’s time at the club.
It was slightly more encouraging mid-week after an assured second half secured United three points in their all-important Champions League tie away at Villarreal.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a first goal for Jadon Sancho were enough to send the Red Devils through to the knockout stages.
United are however undefeated against Chelsea in their last seven league meetings, winning three and drawing four of those games which should give added encouragement ahead of the fixture.
The situation is looking much rosier at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea 12 points ahead of their weekend opponents and at the top of the Premier League.
The Blues have lost just once this season – at home to league rivals Manchester City – which was in September. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, winning nine of their opening 12 league games and scoring 29 goals in the process – the most of any side.
After their dominant 0-3 away victory away to Leicester City last weekend which included goals from Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, it took Tuchel’s men three points clear going into their tough Champions League clash against Juventus.
Though the dominance continued, with Chelsea putting on an impressive performance which overwhelmed the Italians and inflicted their worst away defeat in the Champions League following the 4-0 thumping.
The result takes Tuchel’s side level on points with Juventus going into their final match of the group stages, with a win away against Zenit St. Petersburg the only way to guarantee a first-placed finish.
Following their impressive European victory, the Blues were dealt with a significant blow as Ben Chilwell was brought off having suspected cruciate ligament damage, though is awaiting further assessments.
N’Golo Kante was also brought off with a knee injury which isn’t thought to be serious, while Mateo Kovacic misses out through injury. Kai Havertz is also unlikely to feature following a thigh injury.
As for Manchester United, defender Raphael Varane remains out until next month and Harry Maguire is suspended for the trip to London.
Mason Greenwood continues to be out as he continues to self-isolate with Coronavirus, while Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba remain out for the foreseeable future.
Chelsea vs Manchester United – kick off at 7:30pm (UK time) on Sunday 28th November 2021