Old Premier League foes Chelsea and Manchester United will do battle this weekend as both look to build on their recent good form.
Graham Potter’s Chelsea drew 0-0 at Brentford in midweek but have enjoyed an impressive run since the ex-Brighton boss took charge.
The Blues are looking to keep pace with the top of the table and can cut the gap to leaders Arsenal to four points with a win.
Meanwhile, United have bounced back well from their humbling at Man City earlier this month with a good string of displays.
They put in the best performance of Erik ten Hag’s reign so far on Wednesday night when they dominated Tottenham to win 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, post-match talk was focused on Cristiano Ronaldo who left the stadium before full-time after being left on the bench against Spurs.
Chelsea v Manchester United: Date and how to follow
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, October 22.
Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 5:30pm.
The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 5pm.
Alternatively, fans can purchase a one-day Now TV pass for £11.99.
talkSPORT will have updates throughout the evening and talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action.
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Chelsea v Manchester United: Team news
Conor Gallagher is struggling with illness and may miss out.
Reece James and Wesley Fofana are out until after the World Cup while N’Golo Kante is a long-term absentee.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be eager to start up top.
It remains to be seen if Ronaldo will play a part for United following his displays of petulance in their last two games.
Fellow striker Anthony Martial is out with a back injury while Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams remain out too.
Harry Maguire is closing in on reaction from his hamstring problem and could make the squad this weekend.
Chelsea v Manchester United: What has been said?
Man United boss Ten Hag: “I think this team has confidence. It’s about getting ready for that Chelsea game.
“It’s also what I told in the dressing room to the lads. Get ready as a team, as a player, it’s about recovery, about sleep, about food.
“Get ready for the next game and then, once again, we need that same performance.
“We have to deliver every day, live every day to the maximum. Live every day accounting to high standards.
“When you do this, you develop as a team and come on the good side of the process.
“I’m happy and already looking forward to Saturday, as it’s another big match.”
Chelsea v Manchester United: Match facts
- Chelsea have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, having conceded in each of their last six before this. They last kept four consecutive league shutouts in March 2021 under Thomas Tuchel.
- After a run of seven consecutive away defeats, Manchester United have won three of their last four on the road in the Premier League (L1). However, they’ve conceded at least four goals in five of their last 11 away league games, as many times as they had in their previous 162 on the road.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League home games (W5 D3), winning the last three in a row. They last won more consecutively at Stamford Bridge between February and July 2020, under Frank Lampard (6)
- No Premier League fixture has been drawn as often as Chelsea against Manchester United (25). Indeed, six of the last eight meetings between the sides has finished level, including each of the last four in a row.
- Manchester United have lost each of their last three Premier League games in London – they last lost more consecutively in the capital in league football between April 1973 and January 1974 (5).
- Manchester United have won just two of their last 20 Premier League away games against Chelsea (D8 L10), winning 3-2 in October 2012 and 2-0 in February 2020. Indeed, of all Premier League sides they’ve faced more than twice on the road, their lowest away win rate is against the Blues (20% – 6/30).
- Chelsea are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Manchester United (D6 L3) – only against Blackburn (12 between 1992 and 1998) and Arsenal (19 between 1995 and 2005) have they ever had a longer winless run in the competition.
- Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling has faced Manchester United more often than any opponent in his senior career in all competitions – however, he’s never scored in his 23 appearances against the Red Devils, attempting 38 shots in these meetings (15 on target).
- Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has been involved in seven goals against Chelsea in all competitions (5 goals, 2 assists), only against Arsenal and West Ham (8 each) has he been involved in more. The England forward is just two goals away from scoring 100 in all competitions for the Red Devils.
- Chelsea manager Graham Potter has already beaten Manchester United in the Premier League this season, winning 2-1 with Brighton on the opening weekend. He could become just the second manager in history to beat the Red Devils with two different teams in a single league campaign, after Andy Aitken in 1908-09 (with Middlesbrough and Leicester).
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