Man U vs Chelsea
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick off: 3:05PM
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will welcome his former club Chelsea and his newest adversary Antonio Conte to Old Trafford this afternoon as two of the Premier League’s top four do battle.
Only three points separate the two sides in the table ahead of the weekend’s action, although both have been in less-than-convincing form of late.
It is an unsettled Manchester United which will greet Chelsea, with questions over the team’s style, results and relationships in the dressing room lingering over their heads.
Mourinho’s apparently broken relationship with Paul Pogba has dominated the headlines for United recently, with the France international having been dropped twice and subbed twice in his last four games for the club, although an injury did see him introduced early during Wednesday’s Champions League goalless draw with Sevilla.
The Portuguese has also called for an end to the feud between himself and Conte, but this is by no means his first altercation with a rival manager and, handshake or no handshake, he is unlikely to let that sideshow distract him from the task in hand.
The Blues however have only won two of their last nine away games across all competitions, and they have lost their last two ahead of a run which sees them face United, City and Barcelona in their next three. Defeat today would condemn them to a third consecutive away loss.
Man U possible XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Martial, Lukaku, Sanchez.
Chelsea possible XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso, Wilian, Morata, Hazard.