Monday, February 18 – 7:30pm local time – Stamford Bridge, London
It will be interesting to see how Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men react when they take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup this coming Monday.
Manchester United’s impressive unbeaten run of 11 games came to a halt on Tuesday night as they lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
The contest at Old Trafford appeared evenly matched in a goalless first half, although the visitors had looked the more rounded side.
The game changer came just before the break when when the hosts lost both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury.
With United’s attacking threat nullified, the visitors kept knocking and got an answer through Presnel Kimpembe shortly after the interval.
The 23-year-old defender, who could have easily been sent off early on in the encounter, maneuvered his way past Nemanja Matic before pouncing on an Angel di Maria corner kick to secure a vital away goal eight minutes into the second half.
Kylian Mbappe, who was an ever-present danger for the United backline throughout the night, sealed the deal when he split the United defence the finish off a brilliant team move just after the hour mark.
Even worse for Manchester United is the fact that Paul Pogba will miss the second leg after receiving a second yellow card – a sending off which, according to many viewers, only highlighted the referee’s inconsistencies.
It will be hard for Chelsea to prepare for United’s visit without constantly thinking of the harrowing experience that was their trip to the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
The Blues sustained their worst defeat in English Premier League history as they were battered 6-0 by a merciless Manchester City.
Whatever tactical plan Maurizio Sarri’s side had went out the window after City scored three goals within the first 20 minutes.
The rout was instigated by Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, who scored a hat-trick and a brace respectively, while İlkay Gundogan also got his name on the score sheet.
Chelsea had an opportunity to reclaim some dignity in midweek when they travelled to Malmo for the first leg of their Europe League knockout tie.
The Londoners dominated possession en route to a 2-1 victory, with Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud scoring the goals.
It was a much-needed win for a team that has slipped to sixth in the Premier League standings after losing three of their last four fixtures.
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Paul Pogba has improved drastically since the mid-season managerial change at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old has been directly involved in 20 goals in all competitions this campaign with 13 goals and nine assists, making him the leading goal scorer at the club.
The midfielder was far from his brilliant best in the Champions League in midweek, as his attacking threat was neutralised by the sharp man-marking skills of Marquinhos.
The red card against PSG will only have increased the fire in his belly, and no doubt Pogba will unleash his frustrations with a near-perfect performance that could very well be capped with a goal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs. Man United betting predictions
Maurizio Sarri watched his side labour for the entire stretch of 90 minutes last weekend, and he has over the course of the week admitted that the Blues have struggled to get back to shape.
Although the Bridge has been one of the toughest grounds for United over the past few seasons, this encounter is theirs to lose.
Prediction: Man United to win first half/draw second half – +850 on William Hill
Chelsea 2-2 Man United (October 20, 2018)
Antonio Rudiger 21’
Ross Barkley 90+6’
Anthony Martial 55’, 73’
Man United 2-1 Chelsea (February 25, 2018)
Romelu Lukaku 39’
Jesse Lingard 75’
Chelsea 1-0 Man United (November 5, 2017)
Alvaro Morata 55’
Man United 2-0 Chelsea (April 16, 2017)
Marcus Rashford 7’
Ander Herrera 49’
Chelsea 4-0 Man United (October 23, 2016)
Gary Cahill 21’
Eden Hazard 62’
N’Golo Kante 70’
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