Everything you need to know as Antonio Conte’s title-chasing Blues head to Old Trafford to face Jose Mourinho and Co
MANCHESTER UNITED host Chelsea in the pick of the weekend bunch in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s draw specialists are looking to make a late surge into the top four – despite being plagued by injuries.
But they face a tough task against Antonio Conte’s rampant Blues who have no physio room concerns to contend with at Old Trafford.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game at Old Trafford…
Where can I watch Manchester United vs Chelsea?
Sky Sports 1 will be showing the game live, following Liverpool’s game with West Brom, with coverage at Old Trafford starting at 3.30pm.
Alternatively subscribers can follow the game with Sky Go or keep up to date with all the action on our live blog.
What is the latest Manchester United news?
Man United were handed a boost in midweek when Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and David De Gea all returned to training.
While Rooney and Young did not travel with the squad for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht, they should be fit to take to the pitch on Sunday, along with De Gea.
Juan Mata and Matteo Darmian join Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and James Wilson on the sidelines.
What is the latest Chelsea news?
While United deal with a host of injuries, Conte has a full squad list to choose from.
The Blues have been incredibly lucky with their team recently with very few injuries plaguing the Italian boss’ thoughts.
Expect Chelsea to once again show off their formidable 3-4-3 formation with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to attacking focal points.
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Manchester United are the draw specialists, particularly at home.
While Chelsea are the stronger side, you’d expect Mourinho to raise his game for the Premier League title-chasing blues.
Expect a score-draw with a 2-2 on the cards…
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Match facts
- Manchester United are without a win in eight Premier League games against Chelsea (D4 L4); their longest ever winless streak against a single opponent in the competition.
- Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to achieve a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 2009/10 season under Carlo Ancelotti.
- A win for the away side would see Antonio Conte become the fourth Chelsea boss to record a Premier League double over the Red Devils, after Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94, Jose Mourinho in 2004/05 and the aforementioned Carlo Ancelotti in 2009/10.
- Jose Mourinho has lost both games against his former club since taking over at Manchester United, conceding five goals and failing to score in both. This will be his first game against them as the home side, however.
- The Red Devils have scored just three goals in their last 10 games against Chelsea in all competitions (an average of 0.3 per game).
- N’Golo Kante has netted each of Chelsea’s last two goals against the Reds in all competitions – they are his only goals in 34 appearances for Conte’s side.
- Manchester United’s Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 21 matches (W11 D10 L0) – the joint 10th longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances (13 goals, 5 assists) for Manchester United.
- Chelsea have won as many points this season as it took to win the league exactly 20 years ago (Manchester United with 75 points in 1996/97).
- Of the six sides to have won 75+ points after 31 Premier League games, only one (Manchester United in 2011/12) have failed to go on and win the title. Chelsea had 78 points in 2005/06 and 80 points in 2004/05 at this stage under Jose Mourinho, successfully claiming the title in both seasons.
- Manchester United have won just six of their 16 league games at home this season (37.5% win percentage), their worst home win rate in a campaign since 1973/74 (33.3%).
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