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Ratings: Mata and Shaw were the better players; De Gea howler cost Manchester United in 1-1 Chelsea draw

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in their penultimate Premier League match at Old Trafford this season. Juan Mata opened the scoring for United in the 11th minute of the match and it seemed like United were up for the challenge of beating Chelsea. However, a poor David De Gea save cost United with Marcos Alonso scoring an equaliser.

United opened the scoring inside the 11th minute of the match after Romelu Lukaku fed the ball to Luke Shaw, who ran into the box and slid the ball to Juan Mata, who was waiting to strike towards goal. The ball slid past Kepa Arrizabalaga becoming Mata’s first goal against his former club. United had not previously scored a goal for four hours and 51 minutes before this one, eight hours and 58 minutes in open play.

Chelsea got themselves back into the macho just before half time with Antoine Rudiger striking a goalbound effort and David De Gea parrying it to his right. However, it was straight into the path of Marcos Alonso, who beat his compatriot from a tight angle to equalise for the visitors. De Gea will not be happy with that mistake and neither will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Something will need to give as it is clear that De Gea’s head is not in this.

Man of the Match: Juan Mata

Juan Mata played well against his former club, scoring the opening goal for his club. It is great to see the veteran attacking midfielder playing for United again, hopefully, they will retain him for next season as the experience he has will be beneficial to some of the younger players coming through the ranks, especially Angel Gomes, who is of a similar frame as the Spaniard. Mata should be utilised in the final two matches of the season, as should some of the talented youth.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Juan Mata 11′; Marcos Alonso 44′

Assists: Luke Shaw 11′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Bailly (Rojo 71′), Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (McTominay 81′); Lukaku, Rashford (Sanchez 65′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Darmian; Pereira; Martial

Bookings: Ander Herrera 43′, Marcos Rojo 80′, Ashley Young 89′; Willian 52′, Mateo Kovacic 53′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one conceded yet another poor goal, parrying a shot from Antoine Rudiger, putting the ball into the path of Marcos Alonso who beat his compatriot from close range. De Gea will have regained some confidence after a gathered save from Willian around the hour mark of the match.

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18 Ashley Young

The veteran winger-cim-fullback started at right-back against Chelsea and played well at times. However, he is not the quickest player on the attack and United were reliant on him providing the width with Juan Mata playing just behind the forwards. Booked for dissent in the final minute of normal time. He’s not the major problem at United but he is a contributing factor. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to think he’s one of the best at the club which makes me wonder about the level United are trying to reach.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede had a good game against Chelsea and he was not really tested but the opposition, which shows the level of both clubs at this moment in time. Partnered with Eric Bailly, I had hoped that both players could form an impeccable partnership but an injury to the Ivorian ended that prematurely.

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3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian central defender made his first start in almost two months and played well in defence. It was good to see him involved and at times, he was starting to gel with Victor Lindelof, which would keep the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones out of the team. However, an injury approaching the 70th minute ended his game, maybe his season and he was replaced by Marcos Rojo.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back made his fourth assist of the season in the Premier League, playing the ball to Juan Mata, inside the box, in the 11th minute of the match. Shaw added width on the left and got forward a lot of the time and looked like he wanted to ensure United won this game. He should keep his place in this team, however, competition for him, whether bought in or provided from the academy would be good.

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21 Ander Herrera

It was good to see the Spanish midfielder back in the team after a long lay off through injury. Statistics state that when Herrera plays for United they either win or draw (more wins). United drew, so that stat continues. Herrera played well in midfield and will surely be a loos for the club if he does leave as a free agent in the summer.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder was perhaps lucky not to have been sent off after it appeared that he elbowed a former teammate and then fouled another by putting his arm across him. However, he was not booked at all. He had a presence in midfield but perhaps United need to find a solution for the future, allowing Scott McTominay to play in midfield now, seeing that a top four finish is even tougher than it was before this game.

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6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman had a good start to the game and put in the effort in the key areas of the pitch. He played some smart passes and tried to get stuck in to this Chelsea side. During the second half, however, Pogba was poor, doing little to get United back in charge of the fixture, which shows that the hunger and desire to play and win for United may not actually be there. Two games to go, Pogba should not be involved in either as I don’t think he wants to play for this club.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder opened the scoring for United in the 11th minute, assisted by Luke Shaw. The veteran midfielder played well against his former club, using his footballing brain to push United forward show why he needs to be retained by the club. Imagine what he could teach Angel Gomes, who is of a similar frame as him.

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Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian had some influence in the game today and seemed up for the challenge of Chelsea. It did not work out for United but they played some good football from the start of the game but seemed to cool off after the break, with Chelsea taking charge of the game.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward played well against Chelsea and used his pace to pressure Chelsea at times. However, he was not really involved in anything that could have put United ahead in the game. He was seemingly struggling with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Alexis Sanchez in the 65th minute.

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Substitutes

Alexis Sanchez

Replaced Rashford 65'. The Chilean's work rate is normally good when he comes on for United and he does put some effort into his running and find/creating space. However, I do not think what he offers is worth the money he is paid. United surely need to get him out of the door in the summer but it will be costly.

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16 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Bailly 71'. Booked for a rash challenge. Not a player that makes United supporters trust him, partly because of the rash challenges. This was his sixth appearance for United this season. However, he did have a headed effort on goal in stoppage time.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Mata 81'. The academy graduate was brought on to add more protection to the midfield. Sending Paul Pogba into the position Mata was playing in. He was a presence in midfield for his club.

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Starting XI: Mata, Bailly, and Herrera start against Chelsea; Lukaku leads the line, Rashford on the left

Manchester United welcome Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. Of late, United has been in poor form but still, they have a chance to break back into the top four this season. Tottenham Hotspur saw themselves beaten 1-0 by West Ham United on Saturday and Leicester City beat Arsenal 3-0 in the first match today. This leaves the door open for both United and Chelsea.

If this does not motivate the United players, who do not seem to have been all that motivated in recent weeks, it will motivate the Chelsea players, who with two matches remaining, will be seeking a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, whether through league position or winning the UEFA Europa League. If no desire is show by United today, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to blood youth in the last two matches.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Lukaku, Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Rojo, Darmian; Pereira, McTominay; Sanchez, Martial

In the last six matches, United has won just once, losing five matches. Chelsea is in much better form, winning four, drawing once and losing once in their last six. United has failed to score a single goal in their last three matches, only scoring two penalties against West Ham meaning it has been four hours and 40 minutes since they last scored and eight hours and 47 minutes since the last goal in open play.

United and Chelsea have played 182 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 78 victories, drawing 50 and losing 54. United won this fixture 2-1 last season, and draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, winning 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup in February. Restoring faith by the supporters is necessary as United need the victory in this match.

How Manchester United could look in a 4-2-1-3 formation against Chelsea; Lukaku, Martial and Rashford leading the attack!

Manchester United will be back to the drawing board at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon when they face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in the Premier League. United has endured seven defeats in the last nine matches, not being the same side who beat Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital at the start of March.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have seen some improvement in his squad against Manchester City, at least for the first half of Wednesday’s match but he will not be happy overall as the media are just waiting in the wings to turn on him as they have with every manager since Sir Alex Ferguson. Returning to winning ways is important to be able to move on.

United still have the chance of finishing in the top four this season, although if they fail to beat Chelsea, it will, in effect, all be over. There are three Premier League matches remaining this season and United need to start finding a route to form, which seems to be more of a wish than something that will actually happen.

United and Chelsea have played 182 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 78 victories, drawing 50 and losing 54. United won this fixture 2-1 last season, and draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, winning 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup in February. Restoring faith by the supporters is necessary as United need the victory in this match.

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

David De Gea is clearly off his game. He performed some saves against Manchester City but conceded two goals, one of them a poor goal to concede. Perhaps with his contract renewal and other speculation, he should be kept out of the team as he clearly is not focussed. Sergio Romero is a competent replacement and should start the last few matches of the season.

Defence: Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw

The defence is a massive problem area this season. 50 goals conceded in the Premier League alone, the highest number of goals conceded for 40 years. Another 16 conceded in other competitions. Diogo Dalot should be blooded into the right-back role, also keeping Luke Shaw at left-back. Chris Smalling has played well with Victor Lindelof and both should keep their place in this team.

Midfield: Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay

The midfield is an important part of this United team. Nemanja Matic has lost his legs, at least his last performance substantiates that opinion. Therefore, Scott McTominay should be drafted into the team. He has received lots of criticism of late but has been one of a few players to put in a performance. That mentality needs to be rewarded. Andreas Pereira should feature also as it seems that he wants to progress in this team.

Attacking Midfield: Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

This is an area of the United team that needs to be on the ball. I have little faith in these players being able to do that job as of late, it seems they perform when they want to, which is not a good impression on them. However, they need to play in this game. Paul Pogba has played better in an advanced role, Marcus Rashford could support Lukaku and Anthony Martial just needs to remember what a footballer does. Hint: it is not what he has been doing for the last few months.

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian is out of form and has not scored a single goal for United since his brace against Paris Saint-Germain which helped United win that match 3-1 and reach the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. Since that night, Lukaku has played in the last seven matches, starting five, not making an impact, which is worrying. However, he has been in this predicament before and the lack of creativity does not help him.

Substitutes: Lee Grant; Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Fred; Alexis Sanchez

I would much rather see youth given a chance in the first team at this stage of the season but with the U23s facing Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday evening and the U18s facing Everton on Saturday morning, it would be unfair to expect the players from these ranks to play again on Sunday. However, against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, the youth could be given a chance after a long season.

Preview: Manchester United needs to return to winning ways against Chelsea but is it an impossible dream?

Manchester United -v- Chelsea

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday 28 April 2019; KO 16:30 BST

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Manchester United will be back to the drawing board at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon when they face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in the Premier League. United has endured seven defeats in the last nine matches, not being the same side who beat Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital at the start of March.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have seen some improvement in his squad against Manchester City, at least for the first half of Wednesday’s match but he will not be happy overall as the media are just waiting in the wings to turn on him as they have with every manager since Sir Alex Ferguson. Returning to winning ways is important to be able to move on.

United still have the chance of finishing in the top four this season, although if they fail to beat Chelsea, it will, in effect, all be over. There are three Premier League matches remaining this season and United need to start finding a route to form, which seems to be more of a wish than something that will actually happen.

Form: United are in dire form and in need of an end to the season to find a path and a direction; Chelsea has one defeat in last six matches

Manchester United: LLLWLL

Manchester City 2-0 L, Everton 4-0 L, Barcelona 3-0 L, West Ham United 2-1 W, Barcelona 1-0 L, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 L

United need this season to be over quickly. The next three matches cannot be over quick enough. This summer, there is a massive rebuilding job needed at the club, in terms of building a squad and hierarchical changes, if United is to prevail. Five defeats in the last six matches, winning once; 13 goals conceded; three scored. Not good enough.

Chelsea: DWLWWW

Burnley 2-2 D, Slavia Prague 4-3 W, Liverpool 2-0 L, Slavia Prague 1-0 W, West Ham United 2-0 W, Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 W

Chelsea, despite their inability to take chances and cement a place in the top four, in much better form than United at this stage of the season. Four wins, one draw and one defeat in their last six matches. 12 goals scored, seven conceded, and three clean sheets show that Chelsea, at least on paper, will be in the driving seat going into this match.

Top Scorers: United’s players seem to have forgotten how to score goals; four hours and 40 minutes since their last goal. Not good enough and massive improvement needed

Manchester United: 16 – Paul Pogba, 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Marcus Rashford, 12 – Anthony Martial, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Chelsea: 19 – Eden Hazard, 12 – Olivier Giroud, 11 – Pedro, 9 – Álvaro Morata, 8 – Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 5 – Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kanté, 4 – Gonzalo Higuaín, 3 – Marcos Alonso, 2 – Jorginho, David Luiz, 1 – César Azpilicueta, Cesc Fàbregas, Emerson, Antonio Rüdiger

Team News: Solskjaer has four players on the sidelines whereas Sarri has six players out through injury. United need to find a way out of this mess though

Solskjaer currently has four players on the sidelines through injury; Antonio Valencia (muscle), Eric Bailly (concussion), Phil Jones (knock), and Ander Herrera (hamstring). Injuries are the least of United’s worries though after seven defeats in the last nine matches. It is now time to forget finishing in the top four and fins a way out of this mess.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has six players on the sidelines through injury, only one of them, N’Golo Kante (rib) could have a chance of facing United. Marco van Ginkel (ACL), Ethan Ampadu (back), Antonio Rudiger (knee), Marcos Alonso (Gluteal), and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles) seem to be ruled out of the match at the Theatre of Dreams.

Predicted Starting XI: Youth needs to be given a chance but with the U23s and U18 playing on Friday and Saturday, we may be stuck with the same shit/different day scenario once again!

Something needs to give for United. The players did not turn up against Everton and only played well in the first half against Manchester City. This half-arsed nature of these players cannot continue. The supporters of the club owe them nothing, however, the other way around, the supporters are owed a lot from these millionaires.

In order to find the right fit, many of these players need to be benched or made to sit in the stands. When you get one player talking about the fact he’s going to emerge as a leader, then that does not happen, it makes you wonder if that particular player wants to be at this club. A clean slate in the summer, clear the deadwood and rebuild. Give the youth a chance.

Match Prediction: I expect United to win when they play but expectations mean nothing, especially when the players at the club have regressed so much they don’t even look the part!

United and Chelsea have played 182 competitive matches. United has won the most matches with 78 victories, drawing 50 and losing 54. United won this fixture 2-1 last season, and draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, winning 2-0 in the Emirates FA Cup in February. Restoring faith by the supporters is necessary as United need the victory in this match.

Manchester United 1-0 Chelsea

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:

Romero;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mata, Lukaku, Rashford

Substitutes:

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.

Starting XI Prediction: 4-3-3; Rashford, Lukaku, and Sanchez tasked with sinking Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge for the second time this season, taking on Chelsea in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. This could be the best chance for United to win a trophy this season and possibly the most realistic chance of that happening, although there is a lot of work to do in order to get there. United need to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first defeat of his caretaker manager role at the club.

United have lost Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury and both Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are unavailable for this match. Solskjaer did suggest that both Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong could be in the travelling squad for this game, which would be good for the pair and United, with players short due to injury. Chelsea are not in the best of form for the past few weeks, if not more. Losing 6-0 to Manchester City and 4-0 to Bournemouth in the last six matches could leave them feeling nervous.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea is unlikely to be rotated in this match, although Sergio Romero has been used in this competition in the victories over Reading and Arsenal so far this season. It is fair to say the Argentinian could be given an opportunity ahead of De Gea, leaving the Spanish number one to prepare for Liverpool at Old Trafford on the 24 February. De Gea would be my preferred goalkeeper in this game though, no disrespect to Romero who has done well when called upon since he signed for United nearly four years ago.

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Defence: Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw

United will need to rotate the defensive line against Chelsea, still keeping some strength. I am not sure that Eric Bailly is suited to this club as he seems to make too many mistakes, despite looking like a great buy under Jose Mourinho two and a half years ago. Diogo Dalot could replace Ashley Young at right-back and Chris Smalling could replace Bailly. Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw will both keep their places in the starting XI.

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Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

United need their best players on the pitch against Chelsea. However, rotation may be needed with Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Paul Pogba seeming tired against PSG on Tuesday evening. On their day, this midfield trio is able to do what needs to be done. Fred could come in for Herrera, which would be a good run for the Brazilian, who seems to have been left out at this stage of the season. Matic and Pogba may have to play on, for now.

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Forward Three: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez

United have two very good attacking players on the sidelines through injury, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. Marcus Rashford could switch to the right-wing, which is not ideal but would be better than Juan Mata in that position. However, Tahith Chong could start in this position, which would be great but maybe unlikely. If Rashford plays on the right, Romelu Lukaku could play in the central role with Alexis Sanchez on the left, both of them needing a performance to whet the appetites of the United faithful.

Preview: Manchester United long overdue a victory at Stamford Bridge; players need to make this visit count…

Chelsea -v- Manchester United

Emirates FA Cup

Stamford Bridge, London

Monday 18 February 2019; KO 19:30 GMT

Referee: Kevin Friend

Manchester United face another battle at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening with Chelsea currently standing in the way of a quarter-final 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.

Pre-Match Press Conference: Solskjaer talks about Chelsea and injuries ahead of Stamford Bridge clash on Monday

https://youtu.be/Ut0XkMIZL_Q

Form: United defeated once in the last six matches, Chelsea defeated twice in the same number of games – ten goals conceded in the two defeats though!

Manchester United: LWWDWW

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 L, Fulham 3-0 W, Leicester City 1-0 W, Burnley 2-2 D, Arsenal 3-1 W, Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 W

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: WLWLWW

Malmo 2-1 W, Manchester City 6-0 L, Huddersfield Town 5-0 W, Bournemouth 4-0 L, Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 W

Chelsea has been one of the poorer teams in the Premier League in 2019. Two defeats in their last six matches, conceding 10 goals in those two matches alone. Maurizio Sarri has been criticised by Chelsea supporters and could be only a matter of time from being sacked, which is great to see. Chelsea is normally the football club that shows how pathetic it is to have more money than common sense. How many more managers will they have over the next few years? Maybe Jose Mourinho for a third time…

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Team News: Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will be out of action for two to three weeks…

Solskjaer confirmed the worst possible news on Friday afternoon when he spoke to the media ahead of the visit to Chelsea. Both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were injured against PSG on Tuesday evening and both will miss the Chelsea match, probably the Liverpool gave too, and at least a few more after that. However, Solskjaer will understand that you need to keep your cards close to your chest, learning from Sir Alex Ferguson, could he be telling the truth? Maybe we will get a surprise?

Mason Greenwood is currently injured, so it is unlikely that he will be called upon to face Chelsea, possibly Liverpool but Solskjaer did suggest that Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong could both be involved in the squad which will travel to London ahead of the match on Monday evening. United will also be without Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian but other than they, Solskjaer will have all his other players available for the clash.

Predicted Starting XI: Sanchez, Lukaku, and Rashford to lead the line against Chelsea; youth on the bench waiting for their chance to shine?

Solskjaer will have to find the best match for Chelsea on Monday night. With Lingard and Martial on the sidelines, Marcus Rashford may have to move into the right-wing position with Alexis Sanchez playing on the left and Romelu Lukaku as the main striker. Perhaps Solskjaer could leave Rashford in the centre and push Lukaku on the right? It would be better than seeing Juan Mata play in that position, which will expose the right-back and give United less pace on the right, as will Lukaku playing there…

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Match Prediction: United to get that victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge? The first since October 2012…

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.

Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United

Ratings: Anthony Martial the MOTM in Chelsea draw, which should have been a victory

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea scored the first goal through Antonio Rudiger, a header from a corner. Ten minutes into the second half, Anthony Martial scored the equaliser. Martial then put United ahead in the 73rd minute. Six minutes of stoppage time were added and Ross Barkley scored an equaliser for Chelsea.

United were seemingly up for the challenge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The first half was not the time that was shown, but with United putting in the effort and work to score two second half goals, both by Anthony Martial, it was clear that a victory was what the players wanted. However, conceding a second time, in added time was a devastating result. A draw against Chelsea though is a good result. They did not get mullered by Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Martial is the Man of the Match for me. His effort, shown in both of his goals is going to be invaluable for United. If he can get himself into a period of form now, he will be a stand out figure in the team, possibly for the remainder of the season. He’s scored three goals in the last two matches now. With Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday at Old Trafford, the squad will need to be in fine fettle, to overcome what could potentially be a mauling by the Italian champions.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one conceded the opening goal in the game after Chelsea won a corner. Rudiger latched onto the ball, firing his header past De Gea. A better second half followed, with United scoring an equaliser and what seemed to be a winner, before Barkley struck in stoppage time.

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18 Ashley Young

Booked in the first half. Statistically he was one of the best players (for United) on the pitch. It was a much better second half for United. Was tested by Hazard bu the Belgian was not able to get one over him.

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2 Victor Lindelof

A positive match for the Swedish international. May not have been concentrating all of the time but was blameless for Rudiger's headed goal, as that was Pogba's mistake.

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Chris Smalling

Could have done much better throughout the game. Did well considering. Helped keep Morata at bay.

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23 Luke Shaw

Defensively, the England international played well. However, he did not get forward as much as would have been liked. Great to have him heading into some form and looking to put the last four years behind him, onto the next five of six years of his contract.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish Magician has been the thought behind this United side, playing well and seeming to want to get United level in the game. When Mata plays, United look so much better. His pace may not be great but his mind is what is needed mostly.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Did not have the best of starts. Fouled Hazard on the edge of the box, which luckily came to nothing. Booked minutes later for persistent infringement, fouling Hazard again. Was sent off by Mike Dean earlier in the season. As the game grew, Matic's presence was felt more.

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6 Paul Pogba

Was the player that cost the opening goal for Chelsea. Was not concentrating on his man (Rudiger), lost him in the box and the German fired Chelsea ahead with a header. For a player of his ability, this was poor concentration from him. Played better in the second half but he should be playing to the best of his abilities from the moment the game starts to the moment the game finishes. Need more from Pogba.

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10 Marcus Rashford

After scoring for England during the international break, Rashford would have upped his confidence ahead of this fixture. He was fouled by Hazard just before he got into the box with the ball as United trailed 1-0, the resulting free-kick came to nothing. Laid a pass to Martial for his second goal of the game, what could have been United's winner.

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Romelu Lukaku

Poor in the first half. Better in the second. Not sure I saw him in a goalscoring position during the match. He seems to be on fire for Belgium, with the creativity offered from his teammates. That creativity is not the same at United. To say I am frustrated with Lukaku would be right.

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9 Anthony Martial

Scored a brace in the second half. Maybe should have played the rest of the game instead of being replaced by Pereira but Juventus is on the horizon now and it was probably right to save him for that game. Although, he might have scored again, which would have been worth him staying on the pitch.

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Substitutes

21 Ander Herrera

Replaced Mata 75'. Helped try to stop Chelsea from taking advantage late in the game.

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Andreas Pereira

Replaced Martial 84'. Good to see him back. Using this depth of the squad is good to see. Played well, albeit a cameo appearance.

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Alexis Sanchez

Replaced Rashford 85'. Lively at times, although he did not have much time to get stuck into the game, despite the added time played.

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Goals: Antonio Rudiger 21′; Anthony Martial 55′, 73

Assists: Willian 21′; Marcus Rashford 73′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Mata (Herrera 75′), Matic, Pogba; Rashford (Sanchez 85′), Lukaku, Martial (Pereira 84′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Fred

Bookings: Nemanja Matic 13′, Ashley Young 27′, Juan Mata 67′

Report: Manchester United robbed of a Stamford Bridge victory by stoppage time goal by Ross Barkley

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea scored the first goal through Antonio Rudiger, a header from a corner. Ten minutes into the second half, Anthony Martial scored the equaliser. Martial then put United ahead in the 73rd minute. Six minutes of stoppage time were added and Ross Barkley scored an equaliser for Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho chose a more attacking line up against Chelsea with Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, and Anthony Martial all players who will attack, if let off the leash. The big questions would be about United’s defence though, which has been changed again with Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw together as the back four, something which Gary Neville debated about on Sky Sports ahead of kick off.

United started the game well, as did Chelsea, who are currently unbeaten in the Premier League this season. The possession from Mourinho’s side in midfield and advanced areas was good as the Red Devils were seeking an opening goal. Mata’s ability to read ahead has helped United so far, although a goal was no closer to becoming an actuality for either team. In the ninth minute, Chelsea won a free-kick after Matic fouled Eden Hazard tactically on the edge of the box.

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Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian were both stood over the ball to take the set-piece, with the Brazilian taking it, hitting his effort well off target and over the crossbar. You cannot help feeling it was a huge let off for United there. United started to recover from giving away the free-kick, adventuring into Chelsea’s final third. Matic fouled Hazard once again, in the 13th minute of the match, earning the first booking of the game for persistent infringement.

United won a free-kick in the 15th minute of the match after Mateo Kovacic fouled Matic on the left flank, just on the edge of the final third. Young took the set-piece, sending the ball into Smalling inside the box, the ball finding its way to Shaw, who was out of the box, but a shot on goal was not as good as it could have been. United were looking confident in attack, with Pogba, Mata and Martial all working well together, earning a corner in the 17th minute.

Rashford took the corner, sending the ball into the box with a scuffle from both sides to get on it. Chelsea cleared the danger with United picking up possession once again, before losing it. Chelsea were starting to get stuck into the game and Hazard’s movement, both on and off the ball was world class. United gave away a corner in the 20th minute which helped Chelsea to find the first goal of the game with a header from Antonio Rudiger beating De Gea.

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United now needed to get stuck in and find an equaliser, or to get Chelsea pegged back into their own half, otherwise this was going to be just another defeat at Stamford Bridge. United were nearly caught out again after Kovacic ran through the defence and into the box before being dispossessed. It was another let off for United. In the 27th minute of the match, Ashley Young was the second United player to be booked, his second of the season so far. United needed to be careful for the remainder of the game now.

Rudiger was booked in the 30th minute for a foul. United looked to be gathering some momentum after that, seeking to get back into the game. Rashford was on the attack for his side and Hazard hooked him down, seemingly not allowing him to get into the box. The Belgian was booked, meaning both teams had two players on a yellow and United had a free-kick, which came to nothing. United were working harder towards the end of the half to get something back. There were two minutes of added time at the end of the half.

United had to start much better in the second half. There were no changes from either team. Chelsea had a chance to push United further away with Hazard beating Young on the left but his cross was caught by De Gea. Chelsea won a corner in the 51st minute. After some good interplay between David Luiz and Hazard, Smalling blocked the effort. Willian had a corner a minute later, which dipped onto De Gea’s head with the Spaniard palming the ball away to safety.

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In the 55th minute, United got a goal back through Martial. Shaw crossed the ball into Mata, who shot straight to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who then spilled the ball, Mata reacted quickly to cross the ball back in. Kovacic headed clear with Young latching onto the ball and firing back into the box, a deflection from Jorginho put the ball straight to the feet of the Frenchman, who took a touch before firing into the corner past Kepa.

Chelsea got straight back on the attack after conceding an equaliser. The United fans were the noisiest in the stadium though. Chelsea had a few good chances, some from corners, but United got themselves clear of conceding again. Lukaku found himself one-on-one with Luiz in the 62nd minute, receiving the ball from a low Pogba pass. The Brazilian refused to commit to a challenge, waiting for Lukaku to pass on his left, Luiz put the ball behind for a corner.

In the 67th minute, Mata was the third United player to be booked after a challenge on Azpilicueta. Chelsea made their first change two minute later with Ross Barkley replacing Kovacic. A minute later, the pace of the game was stepped up and it was down to United, surprisingly. Lukaku kept the ball, overcoming three challenges but Axpilicueta won the ball back for the hosts. Kante had a shot on United’s goal in the 71st minute, De Gea palming the ball away to deny the Frenchman.

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United took the lead in the game in the 73rd minute, through Martial, who is now on a hat-trick, assisted by Rashford. It is not often that United lead a game, or leave with three points in the bag at Stamford Bridge, but if that is how it ended today, we would all take that victory. Young looked down the line to Mata, who chipped the ball beyond Luiz, who was out of reach, finding Rashford who fed Martial at the edge of the box. His first touch let the ball run across the goal, beating Kept by finishing into the corner again.

United made a second change in the 83rd minute with Andreas Pereira replacing Martial. A minute later, Alexis Sanchez replaced Rashford. It was an edgy end to the game, with United 2-1 up and seeking a first victory over Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge since the 28 October 2012. Six minutes of added time were to be played at the end of the game. Sanchez saw himself in the book for a challenge four minutes into added time. Pereira was also booked five minutes into stoppage time.

United’s win was not to be. Ross Barkley scored deep into stoppage time, which saw nearly 100 minutes of football played today. Chelsea fans erupted like they had won the match. Someone from the Chelsea bench, seemingly a coach, not a player, said something to Mourinho after the goal has been scored. He then ran down the tunnel with Mourinho visibly angry at whatever was said to him. I guess that is the Chelsea mentality, shout your mouth off before running away. Now we move onto Juventus on Tuesday.

Goals: Antonio Rudiger 21′; Anthony Martial 55′, 73

Assists: Willian 21′; Marcus Rashford 73′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Mata (Herrera 75′), Matic, Pogba; Rashford (Sanchez 85′), Lukaku, Martial (Pereira 84′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Fred

Bookings: Nemanja Matic 13′, Ashley Young 27′, Juan Mata 67′, Alexis Sanchez 90+4′, Andreas Pereira 90+5′

Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford, Lukaku, and Martial lead the line against Chelsea

Manchester United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this afternoon. United’s start to the season has been less than impressive but in the last match, against Newcastle United at Old Trafford, from 2-0 down at half time, United managed to orchestrate a good 45 minutes, winning the game 3-2 with goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and Alexis Sanchez.

The form at Stamford Bridge has not been the best though, winning once in the last ten meetings at the stadium, which was back in 2012. United currently sit eighth in the Premier League, seven points off the summit, which is shared by Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool respectively, all on 20 points with goal difference splitting them up. United may be a long way out at this stage, but a win against Chelsea would see them claw back some much-needed points and back on their way towards the summit.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Mata, Matic, Pogba;

Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Pereira, Fred, Herrera; Sanchez

United and Chelsea have played 180 matches in the history of both clubs, the first being played on Christmas Day in 1925 – 1 0-0 draw. United have won 77 times, drawn 49 times and lost 54 times, five times in the last ten matches, home and away in all competitions. Last season, United lost 1-0 in this fixture but won 2-1 at Old Trafford, also losing the Emirates FA Cup final 1-0 at the end of last season. Jose Mourinho has not beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the United manager. Could today be that first victory?

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