Man United vs Chelsea: Preview, Stats, and Prediction
Man United will be looking to snap a run of bad results at Old Trafford this season when they meet Chelsea tomorrow.
The home side have turned the corner, or so it seemed after back-to-back wins against Newcastle and PSG following the 6-1 humiliation in the hands of Tottenham.
The Red Devils conceded an early own goal against the Toons and struggled to get going.
But late strikes from Fernandes, AWB, and Rashford swung the game in United’s favour.
It also provides manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some relief after recent pressure from the media and fans.
The 2-1 win against PSG on Tuesday further reduces the “tension” and boost the confidence within the squad.
Chelsea are winless since a 4nil win at home to Crystal Palace; they drew 3-3 at the Stamford Bridge to Southampton despite going 2-0 up early in the game.
Frank Lampard looked to have found a system that suits Timo Werner well – the German bagged two goals and provided an assist against the Saints.
The attack seemed to have clicked but the defence is the exact opposite.
Every onslaught by the opponent always almost ends in a shot on target.
And more times than not, the ball finds its way into the back of the net.
Kepa Arrizabalaga doesn’t offer any confidence whatsoever too and was deservedly replaced by Mendy against Sevilla.
Lampard insist his team has improved despite missing pre-season: “We’ve brought in six players to compete for the starting 11 and we’re seeing signs of improvement. We missed pre-season so knew it would take time and I expect us to keep getting better.”
The 42-year-old tactician says all members of the team are fit except for Kepa (minor injury) and Gilmour (Long term injury).
Manchester United manager, Ole admits Chelsea are a familiar opponent and the game would not be easy: “It’s going to be a tough game — we played them four times last year and know them very well.”
He also found time to heap praises on Axel Tuanzebe who starred against PSG: “Axel is a leader that can play many positions. He’s so professional, works hard and has been very thorough in his rehab,” says the boss.
“He takes responsibility for his development and hopefully he can have a long career at United.”
Man United are on a run of four wins in five games [4W 1L]; a minimum of 3 goals have been scored in all five.
Chelsea have one win in five recent outings [1W 3D 1L]; a minimum of 4 goals have been scored in three of those games.
Solskjaer’s men have won three of their last five Premier League games [3W 2L]; both teams have hit the bull’s eye in four of those.
Chelsea have two wins from five recent PL games [2W 2D 1L].
The only time they failed to pick any point in the league this season was against Liverpool.
United are winless in their last four Premier League games on home turf [2D 2L].
Their last PL win at Old Trafford was a 5-2 win against Bournemouth In July.
Manchester United have conceded a goal in all of their last five games at home in the league; they’ve conceded at least twice in four of those.
Chelsea have two PL victories in five away outings [2W 2L 1D]; a minimum of 3 goals have been scored in all of those games and both teams found the back of the net four times.
Man United have won four of the last six meetings [4W 1D 1L]; Chelsea won edged the last one.
Both teams have scored in two of the last meetings.
United are undefeated against Chelsea at Old Trafford since May 2013 where they lost 1-0.
Players to watch
Man United: Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood and Alex Telles.
Chelsea: Werner, Pulisic, Havertz and Kante.
Due to the heartbreaking occurrences in Nigeria over the past few days, i was unable to watch the UCL matches of both teams.
But i sincerely think they’re equally matched – United have a slight edge based on confidence and recent performances.
Both sides are likely to share the spoils or the home side might snatch a slim win.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea