Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview: Can the Blues end their recent Red Devils hoodoo?

The much anticipated Chelsea vs Manchester United clash is upon us once again and it is a chance for the Blues to get their first win over the Red Devils in the league since 2017.

Chelsea come into this game off the back of their dismantling of Juventus, the team on a high but can Michael Carrick’s United spring a surprise and ruffle the feathers of the league leaders?

Reece James will be a big part of Chelsea's aim for success against Manchester United.
Reece James will be a big part of Chelsea’s aim for success against Manchester United.

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Current Form (last five games)

Chelsea: W-W-D-W-W

Twelve scored, one conceded in Chelsea’s last five games. It has certainly been an entertaining month for Blues fans to say the least. The Juventus performance in midweek could not have put the Blues in a better position coming into today, but the Ben Chilwell injury has definitely put a dampener on proceedings because as crazy as it sounds, it is a major goal contribution threat that is now missing in the squad with Romelu Lukaku still not fully fit.

The 1-1 draw to Burnley at the start of the month is the only annoyance results wise in the last five games but the 3-0 victory over Leicester and the Juventus game have erased that draw from fans’ memories and all focus now turns to the United clash, as we look to end the torrid run of not beating the Red Devils in the league for four years.

Manchester United: W-L-L-D-W

Contrary to the fantastic run of form for Chelsea, it has been a rough past month for United fans. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked and three points from their last three league games sees them sit eighth in the table, twelve points off the top of the table. Despite this, they managed to qualify for the knockouts of the Champions League after a 2-0 win over Villarreal in midweek, with Michael Carrick in interim charge.

Spirits will have been lifted that extra bit with the news that Ralf Rangnick will be the new interim boss at Old Trafford but the club will have to wait a little longer for his arrival due to work permits, so can Carrick produce what could be the shock of the weekend to get United fans smiling before Rangnick comes in?

Last five matchups

Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United (PL, 28th Feb 2021)

Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United (PL, 24th Oct 2020)

Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United (FA Cup, 19th July 2020)

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United (PL, 17th Feb 2020)

Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United (League Cup, 30th Oct 2019)

Team news and predicted lineups

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel will be without three players for this weekend’s game – Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic will be absent through injury. Lukaku has been back in full training for a few days now following his ankle injury layoff, but is unlikely to start today so Kai Havertz will continue upfront.

Aside from that, there are no other concerns. Edouard Mendy will be in goal, the defence will consist of Marcos Alonso at left wing-back, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah at centre back and James at right wing-back. Kante and Kovacic’s absences will mean Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to start alongside Jorginho in the midfield and I think the front three will be Callum Hudson-Odoi, Havertz and Mason Mount.

Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy, Alonso, Chalobah, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount

Chelsea’s predicted XI to face Manchester United

Manchester United

The visitors will be without captain Harry Maguire who is suspended, so Eric Bailly is likely to deputise for him at centreback, while Raphael Varane is also sidelined with a hamstring injury. Paul Pogba remains out with an injury he sustained in the most recent international duty with France, so Michel Carrick has a big job on his hands deciding the team to face the league leaders.

We do expect most of the names that started against Villarreal in midweek to retain their places, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford coming back into the side after starting on the bench against the Spanish side.

Predicted Utd XI: De Gea, Telles, Bailly, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo

Match Details

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Date/Time: Sunday 28th November 2021/ 16:30 GMT/ 17:30 CEST

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, SW6

Officials: Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn Fourth Official: David Coote VAR: Chris Kavanagh Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan

Final Thoughts and Prediction

Anybody looking at this fixture will see this as a comfortable Chelsea win, but the Blues have struggled against United in the past and this fixture is always a close fought one. However, I think recent form will play a big part in this game and with Michael Carrick remaining in interim charge for his game, I think United will struggle.

I predict Chelsea to win 3-0, goals coming from Havertz, James and Hudson Odoi.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Manchester United

Written by Luka Foley (@UOGLuka)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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