The Red Devils and The Blues met four times last season with the former coming out on top on 3 occasions, although it was the London club who won the penultimate FA Cup Semi-Final. Manchester United started last season with a brilliant 4-0 win over Chelsea, and even though the result states otherwise, it was a well-fought match. The season ended with both teams being level on points but Manchester United finished 3rd, credit to their superior Goal Difference.
Both teams went into the summer transfer market with the sole intent to close the gap between run-away leaders and runners-up, Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively. Should’ve been the case, shouldn’t it? Chelsea had a wonderful transfer window and looked to strengthen every position they could. On the other hand, Manchester United failed miserably, failing to sign any of their priority targets.
Solskjaer’s team tweaking paid dividends and we dominated PSG. But will Ole be able to pull off another masterclass against Lampard? Let’s see how we could line up against Chelsea.
Solskjaer has often appointed a back 5 against tougher opposition and has a 50% success rate with a 5-3-2. We saw this line-up deployed against PSG as well, as we looked to hold their merciless attacking unit. Chelsea has a more than potent attacking unit as well with the additions of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Hakimi Ziyech bolstering that attack. Tuanzebe’s presence could be ever-so-important to handle Werner’s pace.
Although the academy graduate played his first match in 10 months against PSG, he looked in pristine form and he should be raring to go against Chelsea. Maguire must’ve seen our performance against PSG and it should be a jolt for him to start putting in performances if he wants to stay as a starter. Shaw seems much more suited to the LCB role, while it allows Telles to move forward and put in those dangerous crosses. The midfield battle would be key.