Manchester United Teams News Ahead of ChelseaJose Mourinho announced in the pre-match press conference that he will wait until Sunday before finalising his plans for the big tie. The Portuguese boss told the press that he his still unclear about his injured players and their return. However, it is very likely that Mourinho will be without Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo for the big clash against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard was withdrawn from the Champions League match against Benfica with a back problem but the midfielder will look to shake it off.
Head-To-Head RecordThe Red Devils have won 76 times against the Blues while Chelsea have won 52 ties in a total of 177 matches in all competitions. Both the teams have divided the points on 49 occasions.
Predicted Line-Up Vs Chelsea
Goalkeeper: David de GeaThis is quite simple. There is currently no keeper to replace De Gea from the goal with his fine form this season with 8 clean sheets in 10 matches in the PL and 3 clean sheets in 4 matches in CL.
Defence: Eric Baily, Chris Smalling, Phil JonesNo risks to be taken with this three frankly proves to a formidable defence on paper as well as on field. Phil Jones should return to the starting line-up after being dropped against Benfica. Eric Baily and Chris Smalling has formed a strong partnership in defence as seen against Benfica. This three kept a clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspurs last time out showing great collectiveness and decisiveness. They worked as a pretty good unit as the backline.
Midfield: Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Ashley YoungWingbacks: Valencia(RWB) and Young(LWB) Both have risen to the occasion when needed this season with quite a good success rate. They seem to be functioning really brightly. Jose Mourinho speaks quite highly of Valencia as a right-back or a right-wing-back. Meanwhile, Young has also shown his versatility to be great wing-back this season with Mourinho playing him in multiple occasions. This two will be highly functional as shifting between attack and defence will be very important against a attack-minded team like Chelsea. Central Midfield: Matic and Herrera Nemanja Matic seems to be an obvious starter against Chelsea as Matic will look forward to facing his former team. Jose Mourinho will obviously play Matic as the Serbian midfielder plays a pivotal role in Mourinho’s plans. Herrera seems to be the only fit player in the squad with experience to play in midfield with all the big names missing due to injury. Matic and Herrera looked like commanding midfielders during the second half of the 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Attack: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony MartialHenrikh Mkhitaryan seems to be the first choice in any case be it 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3 formation for the Portuguese boss. However, the Mikki we saw during the beginning of the season seems to be missing. Although, Marcus Rashford seems to the first choice on the left-wing for Mourinho, it will be highly unfair to not include the Manchester United Player of the Month for October. This is his second POTM in consecutive months this season. Martial has been a treat to the eyes this season with the winger gaining more confidence on the ball and losing the defenders with very ease. Like the rest of the squad, this seems to be pretty easy and obvious choice to include Lukaku as the lone striker for Manchester United. Although, the Belgian striker seems to look out of form for a few matches, Jose Mourinho has declared him as ‘untouchable’. Lukaku is a great striker and will be very important as missing even a single chance may cost the Red Devils the match against the Blues.
Probable Team Sheet Against Chelsea
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