Sports Mole presents Thursday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Manchester United will be aiming to keep alive their fleeting hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four when chelsea make the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday night.
The Red Devils lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the weekend, while Thomas TuchéThe men left it late to beat London rivals West Ham United 1-0.
Despite fleeting optimism about the appointment of Erik ten Hag could galvanize Man United players – some of whom could play for their future at the club under the new boss – the Red Devils have once again lost ground in the race for Champions League football to a direct rival among the first four in the Emirates.
Cristiano RonaldoThe 100th Premier League goal after a tragic week was a nice touch for the 37-year-old, but Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Xhaka Granite struck in a 3-1 success for the Gunners, who certainly capitalized on their luck as Bruno Fernandes ran out of space in the second half.
Taking just four points from 15 offered so far this month and losing three of their last four means Man United are in danger of leaving the European places altogether, let alone a Champions League chase, with Ralph RannickThe team are now sixth in the table and six points behind Arsenal after playing one more game.
West Ham are also breathing down Man United’s neck, and reports are starting to emerge that Rangnick have lost the dressing room at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils can at least take a slice of confidence from their domestic form ahead of Thursday’s game. .
Indeed, Rangnick’s men have gone on a seven-game Premier League unbeaten streak at Old Trafford – following a pattern of winning one then drawing one at home – and not since the days of Louis van Gaal in 2015 they suffered a trio of consecutive defeats in the top flight.
Chelsea can sympathize with their next opponents after also conceding several goals in a recent loss to Arsenal, and Tuchel also saw his side fail to convert from 12 yards out at the weekend, with jorginhothe leaping, leaping and leaping effort that is the trademark of falling nicely into the gloves of Lukasz Fabianski.
Just when it looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon at the office for Chelsea, replacing him Christian Pulisic was in the right place at the right time to convert in the 90th minute and ensure the Blues would stay in control for a third-place finish.
Chelsea could now open an eight-point gap with fourth-placed Arsenal if they win their game in hand on Thursday night, and a win at Old Trafford would certainly give the Blues a healthy buffer ahead of meeting Leeds United, Everton, Leicester City, Wolverhampton . Wanderers and Watford before the season is finished and dusted off.
There’s also the small issue of the upcoming FA Cup final for Chelsea, whose off-field distractions may be starting to affect the players somewhat, but they’ve had an impressive nine-game winning run away from home. them in all competitions, including each of their last four in the top flight.
Michael Carrick managed to hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw with their Man United side at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, with the stalemate extending the Blues’ winless run against the Red Devils to eight games since a 1-0 victory at home in 2017, and it’s been nine years since the capital side won a top game at the Theater of Dreams.
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As Man United have been boosted by the return of Raphael Varane injury in the defeat against Arsenal, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw – whose former probably played his last game for the club – remains on the sidelines.
There is optimism about Fredthe chances of defending from a hip problem in time to make the squad, and Rangnick should also consider a recall in the first XI to Harry Maguirewho was on the Emirates bench after a bomb scare at his home.
Both jesse lingard and John Mata | can feel confident challenging Fernandes for a spot in the squad after the Portuguese’s recent struggles, while Alex Telles was at fault for two of Arsenal’s goals at the weekend but is unlikely to give up with Shaw out of action.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have their own long-term absentees who will not be available for the contest in Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoiwhile Mateo KovacicThe ankle problem will take a bit longer to heal.
Andreas Christensen was dropped from the squad to face West Ham at the last minute due to stomach cramps but is expected to be available here, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James should both have a good chance of coming back too.
With Tuchel potentially choosing to save rotations for the clash with relegation-threatened Everton, Pulisic could be one of the few players on the bench this weekend considered for a move to Old Trafford if Timo Werner drops the XI.
Possible Manchester United starting line-up:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Chelsea’s possible starting roster:
Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz
We say: Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea
A return to home comfort and Chelsea’s miserable streak in the league at Old Trafford will work in favor of Man United, but it’s hard to imagine the Red Devils getting a result against many teams in their current form.
While United posted a respectable set of results at home, Chelsea picked up win after win on the road, and we can only imagine the Blues ending their Old Trafford hoodoo to further damage the top four aspirations of Ranknick.