Confirmed Starting XI: Mata, Lukaku and Rashford start in a 4-3-3 formation against Chelsea in the FA Cup


Manchester United face another battle at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening with Chelsea currently standing in the way of a sixth-round place in the Emirates FA Cup this season. Some will suggest that this is United’s best chance of ending the season with a trophy. It will be a rematch of the FA Cup final from last season which saw a poor United side against a poor Chelsea side. Phil Jones gave away a penalty, the only goal of the game, which meant Chelsea won the cup.

United were in action on Tuesday evening in the UEFA Champions League, losing 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain, the first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. United also lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for a number of weeks through injury, which may come back to haunt United with both Chelsea and Liverpool standing in their way in a week which could mean something or nothing for United. Still, Solskjaer may have learned something from Sir Alex Ferguson when talking about injuries, hopefully.

United have propelled themselves into the top four of the Premier League, despite sitting 11 points from fourth just after Jose Mourinho was sacked, after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December 2018. The work they have done on the pitch has led them into the position they are in right now. Some players though will need to step up and deliver instead of hiding behind huge salaries and the protection of the club. United are past due a win at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United:


Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Lukaku, Rashford


De Gea; Bailly, Dalot; Pereira, Fred, McTominay; Sanchez

United lost their first match under Solskjaer on Tuesday evening, also losing their undefeated streak under the caretaker manager. There was an overreaction after the defeat. When United were poor under Mourinho, some factions of supporters blamed everything on the Portuguese coach and said these players were good enough to challenge any team. Now, the club is just a few more players from challenging other clubs. When will people realise that United, under Ed Woodward and the Glazers are just not good enough?

Chelsea is an unpredictable team right now. A 6-0 slaughtering and an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth stick out in their last six matches. United should be pressing from the start and looking to treat this fallen London club the same way as those before them. United have a lot of work to do in order to reach the stage that City are at right now but I feel they have the individual players who could make a difference in this game, especially after the disappointment on Tuesday against PSG.

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