April 13, 2024


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Manchester United vs Chelsea: Early news for the teams

Two of the traditional ‘big four’ Premier League sides, who have largely struggled again so far this season, clash in midweek as Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag’s side enter this match after falling to defeat again at the weekend, this time a 1-0 loss away to Newcastle United in a match where they were largely outplayed by Eddie Howe’s side. The Magpies overtook them in the process, dropping the Red Devils down to seventh spot and five points off of the Champions League places ahead of this midweek matchday.

As for the visitors here, Chelsea claimed a 3-2 victory versus Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge over the weekend despite stand-in captain Conor Gallagher being sent off during the first half. That erased their prior poor 4-1 loss away to Newcastle and manager Mauricio Pochettino will now target more success in Manchester.

The away side will need to arrest their terrible head-to-head form against United to grab another much-needed win, though: Chelsea haven’t won any of the previous 11 Premier League meetings since taking their last such victory all the way back in November 2017.


The match is a late kick-off at 20:15 GMT and presents an opportunity to recover from the weekend loss at Newcastle United.

Erik ten Hag made four changes for the 1-0 reverse on Tyneside and praised his central defensive pairing of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw afterwards. Nonetheless, there is the option for Shaw to revert to left-back as the manager aims to work out how to return to winning ways.

Kobbie Mainoo is vying for his third successive league start, while Rasmus Hojlund appears to be being treated carefully after his injury, with the Denmark international coming on after about an hour at St James’ Park.

The game may come too early for the likes of Jonny Evans, Christian Eriksen, Amad and former Blues midfielder Mason Mount, although they are on the road to recovery.

Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro are definitely still sidelined for the Reds, while Dan Gore and Hannibal may be in contention for a place in the matchday squad after not making the bench at Newcastle.

Skipper Bruno Fernandes is one booking away from a domestic suspension.


Conor Gallagher is banned for Wednesday’s clash after being shown a second yellow card in the 3-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, for a foul on Billy Gilmour.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men held out for an impressive three points despite playing with 10 men for the entire second half, following their captain’s dismissal.

The 10th-placed Londoners have been dealing with a lengthy injury list, which has included Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah and Carney Chukwuemeka.

However, Reece James and Marc Cucurella are back from their suspensions and there are suggestions that Malo Gusto, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku could all be available for the journey north.

Moreover, Mason Mount is back in training for potential reunion with old club. The former Blues academy star, sold to the Red Devils in the summer, is back in training after suffering a calf injury just over a week ago.

Tonight’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester United may come too soon for Mason Mount.

Erik ten Hag has admitted he is unsure when Mount will be fit to return for United, after the midfielder was expected to miss as much as a month of action when initially ruled out.

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