Chelsea v Manchester United: Score Predictions – Best of Enemies

It’s Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. While this match is eye-catching in its own right due to the clubs involved, both teams are currently fighting for a top four spot behind runaway title favourites Manchester City.

With games coming up thick and fast for both sides, the outcome of this match could go a long way in determining the outcome of this season. With so much on the line, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their predictions as to how the Chelsea v Manchester United clash will unfold.

Chelsea v Manchester United Score Predictions.
Score Predictions – The Chelsea Social (Edit: @cfc_kev)

Chelsea v Manchester United – Introduction

Chelsea vs Manchester United generally needs no introduction such is the strong rivalry between these two traditional powerhouse clubs, particularly since the early 2000s. That said, it’s important to examine at a high-level the fortunes and form of these two clubs as we head into this mouth-watering contest.

Today’s visitors, the Red Devils, have been in mixed form of late. During February, United have played seven, won four and drawn three. One of these victories also involved a mammoth 9-0 crushing of poor old Southampton. Among the victories, there have been some signs of inconsistency and uncommon fragility with United. For example, the last-gasp 3-3 against Everton, and, the 1-1 against West Brom typify the topsy-turvy nature of Ole’s Red Devils.

Pivoting to the hosts, Chelsea have been the better team in comparison to their opponents given they have won 5 out of their 6 games played in February, including an impressive 1-0 win over Spanish giants Athletico Madrid last time out in the Champions League. Notwithstanding the good vibes surrounding Stamford Bridge, Blues fans will also remember that their last Premier League appearance resulted in a highly-frustrating 1-1 draw against the out of form Southampton (as mentioned, the same team who lost 9-0 to Manchester United just recently).

Given the strength of United on the road this season, plus considering the good form of the Blues of later, and factoring the respective League positions, this is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing games on the season for both sets of fans and neutrals alike. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the team sees the Chelsea v Manchester United clash unfolding.

Chelsea v Manchester United was marred earlier this season by refereeing controversy.
The Blues will be hoping for less controversy in their next installment against the Red Devils. Credit | AFP or Licensors via Talksport

RJ (@RJ_Goodthings)

It’s Chelsea v Manchester United, what more needs to be said? I’m genuinely very excited for this clash as I am feeling that the Blues have started to show some genuine growth and maturity of late, spearheaded of course by our latest confidence-boosting 1-0 victory over Athletico Madrid. I am proud and impressed with how we play currently under Thomas Tuchel.

That said, I’ve also maintained that I am cautiously optimistic to not overtly talk us up given many of these recent fixtures are ones that we should have taken the points (notwithstanding the ‘big’ wins we’ve secured during this run). Further, we’ve not only been collecting the all-important points, but the performances for the most part have been encouraging despite our continued challenge of properly breaking down the dreaded low-block. I do feel confident we will see an evolution in our style of play soon to help us refine our attack but the main focus for now is points accumulation. This continues with our next opponents the Red Devils.

This game represents the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to build on their great win over Athletico Madrid and beat a top four rival in Manchester United, while concurrently leapfrogging London rivals West Ham back into fourth. I think we’ll do enough to just win the arm-wrestle over a strong opponent in what I believe will be a fascinating clash. Here’s hoping!

Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Manchester United

Matt (@MattNorth_)

Following Tuesday’s brilliant over Atlético Madrid, the Blues turn their attention back to the league as we begin a tough run of fixtures, starting with Manchester United at home. Our excellent form under Tuchel has continued although we did look poor in our recent 1-1 draw to Southampton, but Tuesday’s win will have put us in a confidence mood heading into this clash. Manchester United are having a fantastic season, and despite their mixed form of late, they are sitting in 2nd and are also yet to lose away from home in the league this term, something we’ll be hopeful of ending.

The likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will cause us problems, though Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Red Devils have struggled in matches vs the so-called ‘big six.’ Since Tuchel has taken over, we have done very well to keep the ball out of the net, letting in just twice from eight matches but our solid defence will have their work cut out in this game. I have a feeling this match is going to be low-scoring considering the majority of the big matches have ended 0-0. I really think the Blues have a great chance of picking up three points from this match but I reckon this match is going to end in a draw.

Final Score: Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester United

Mason Mount could be key in Chelsea v Manchester United.
Mason Mount has been pivotal for Chelsea this season and was also superb during the Blues 3-1 win over United in last season’s FA Cup Semi-Final. Credit | Alastair Grant/Pool via Getty Images)

Luka (@UOGLuka)

The big clashes just keep on coming for Chelsea and this time, it’s Manchester United’s turn to visit the Bridge. Chelsea remain unbeaten under Tuchel, while United are unbeaten in 19 away games this season. That record is one game off Chelsea’s away record, when they went 20 games unbeaten from December 2007 and December 2008. With Man City beating West Ham yesterday, Chelsea can go 4th with a win and within three points of United this afternoon. Conversely, a win for Solskjaer’s side would keep up the 10 point gap between them and City, so this game is huge for both teams.

The only downside for Chelsea is that Thiago Silva remains out through injury, but with the way we’ve been playing recently with Azpi-Rudiger-Christensen as the back three, I have faith in them to keep up their good form. We know the threats that United pose going forward, the likes of Fernandes and Rashford can change games with a split second of brilliance. Their defence however is where I think they can be exploited, they’ve looked shaky in that department in recent games, most notably with Maguire and Lindelof as the CB pairing and I think this is where we can take advantage. Mr Optimistic is back, I think we’ll win!

Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Manchester United

Tom (@tomcoley49)

Chelsea v Manchester United, an old rivalry that has been far too one-sided in recent years. A new managerial matchup in the dugout and no more fretting over the abilities of those in the suit. Chelsea have their elite head coach. This isn’t about the rivalry though, or the managers or even the players, it’s all about the three points. Gaining on those above Chelsea in the league is paramount. Increase the gap with those below them in the table and push on. The 1-0 victory against Atletico will still be vital, even if we don’t win today. The potential springboard will be wasted. That is, unless Chelsea can end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 19-game unbeaten run away from home.

Everyone can already see the tactical battles, the Blues will play a back three and push on high to get ball recoveries and a sharp, intense counter-press. United will sit deep, in a low-block, and counter. Using the pace of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Dan James and the enigmatic game winning ability of Bruno Fernandes. If Chelsea can play like they did against Atletico then a win is on the cards, they won’t have to push as hard for goals against a mentally fragile and weak defence of United, but they must be even more wary of the counter attack.

Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Manchester United

Olivier Giroud will be hoping for another chance to impress.
Olivier Giroud will hope for another chance to impress today. Image Credit: Pool via REUTERS/Alastair Grant

Chelsea v Manchester United: Final Details

  • Match: Chelsea vs Manchester United
  • Date: 28th February, 2021
  • Location: Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: Stuart Attwell VAR – Chris Cavanaugh
  • Television: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), NBC Sports (USA), Star Sports Select (India)
  • Streams: Sky Sports Go App (UK), NBC Peacock App (USA), Hotstar (India)

Written by Tom, Luka, Matt and RJ

Edited by Rob Pratley

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