The upcoming Premier League game between Manchester United and Chelsea is very important and one that could have huge implications when it comes to the title race.
The Red Devils will be keen to keep up with Manchester City, who are in incredible form at the moment. Thus, anything other than a win away at Stamford Bridge could be bad news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side when it comes to their Premier League title hopes.
On the other hand, The Blues have made a turnaround ever since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard. They are undefeated under him and are coming off the back of an impressive 1-0 win away from home against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Thus, it promises to be an incredible affair between two of the best teams in England at the moment, and a true 6-point game. Manchester United winning would be a huge boost for the rest of their season while losing will only make the top four race even tighter.
Manchester United set to miss two key players vs Chelsea
Solskjaer has confirmed that the Red Devils will be without Paul Pogba and Daniel James when they take on Tuchel’s side.
While speaking with the club’s official site, he said:
“Paul is still out for a few weeks unfortunately.
He also talked about the injury picked up by James against Real Sociedad although he is hoping that it is not too serious:
“He felt a tweak.
”With the intensity he works at he felt something, so we hope it’s not really serious; we’ll have to check on him.”
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Pogba has been out of action for quite some time now but will miss a few more weeks of action, which is terrible news for the side, who depend upon his creativity from midfield. On the other hand, James has been very effective lately and could have proved to be a good option.
This could truly be a very tight affair which will be decided by a moment of individual brilliance. And in that regard, you have to put United ahead of Chelsea. They boast of the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, who are capable of cropping up with a goal anytime.
Tuchel’s side do not appear to have the same kind of player in their team at the moment though and are instead built as an unit that focuses on ball retention. And while their possession stats have been very impressive over the past few games, it is undeniable that they have not managed to create as many chances as they would have liked to.
Thus, it would be wrong to call Manchester United the favourites going into the game.