The English Premier League is back for matchday 13. This week, the most anticipated match will be Chelsea vs Manchester United. Yes, you heard it right. Since match day 5 of the UEFA Champions League, there have been many speculations surrounding this match. Of course, there are other interesting matches too, but we all know, Chelsea vs Manchester United is always a blast. We all love the Premier League, and it is rightfully the best league in the world. Every team is competitive, and the most surprising thing is that magic and disappointments are regularly happening in the league.
Enough with the Premier League let us get back to the main event. For this match, the world is going to be divided into two halves. One half will support the London side, while the other half will prefer the Manchester side. Since the Abramovich era began in Chelsea, the two teams developed a fierce rivalry. Just like the teams, the fans also are biased toward their team. Hopefully, we will get to see glimpses of the fierce rivalry this weekend. We have our preferences, but keeping those aside, let us see what the match can offer us. So keep on reading the article to get more pumped up.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Kick-Off and Where To Watch?
Chelsea vs Manchester United will kick off at 10:00 P.M. according to the Indian Standard Time. For the local time, the match is scheduled to start at 4:30 P.M. GMT. The mentioned match will happen on the 28th of November 2021. Chelsea vs Manchester United will be covered live from Stamford Bridge, the home ground of Chelsea, in London. To get a taste of the match, people can switch to the Star Sports Select 1 or Star Sports Select 1 HD in India. For international viewers, the match will be telecast on NBC Sports Network and Chelsea TV. Many people prefer to stream matches online. They can subscribe to the Disney+ Hotstar app to get the live experience.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Head to Head
Both, Chelsea and Manchester United faced each other on 171 occasions in all competitions. Manchester United has won more times than Chelsea. Chelsea stands with 50 wins while Manchester United has 67 wins and 54 times it ended in a draw. In the 2020/21 season, two times that these two teams faced each other, it ended in a draw. For FA Cup, these two teams last faced each other in 2020, where Chelsea was the victors. In 2011, these two teams last faced each other in UEFA Champions League, and Manchester United won in both legs. Manchester United has scored 268 goals while Chelsea has scored 211 goals.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Chelsea F.C. Side
In the 2021-22 season, there is just no stopping Chelsea. They are like a bulldozer. Whoever comes in their way just gets smashed under. The current Champions of Europe are playing relentless football, and seeing them play, makes us feel that football is so easy. Even being at the top of the table, they are not showing a bit of tension. Having played twelve matches, Chelsea has acquired 29 points. They won in nine matches and faced their only defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
Currently, Chelsea has their hands full with injury. Their coach, Thomas Tuchel, is one of the nominees for the best coach of the year. Even being a coach of this caliber, might face difficulty while deciding the starting eleven for this weekend. Ben Chilwell is suffering from torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the year. One of the key players of Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic, will also miss the upcoming match. N’Golo Kante is suffering from a twisted knee and may or may not be available. Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, and Kai Havertz are uncertain for their match against Manchester United. The only good thing is that they do not have any cases of suspension. Thomas Tuchel is likely to follow his favorite formation of 3-5-2 against Manchester United.
Players To Watch Out For: Chelsea F.C.
Chelsea has a star-studded squad. Even with such a long list of injuries, they have several players who are ready to give their all for the team. Trevoh Chalobah, their new star, netted against Juventus on Tuesday. Thiago Silva, along with Antonio Rudiger, will take control of the defense. Hudson Odoi, Jorginho, Mendy, etc., are also in a good form. But the star player is none other than Reece James. We all know about his defending capabilities, but this season he is proving to be crucial for the frontlines too. He is their highest scorer with four goals to his name and regularly provides assists for other players. He will be crucial for them this Sunday.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Manchester United
Manchester United has been going through constant ups and downs. The downs are more often than the ups. It is hard to imagine that the runner-up of the Premier League and UEFA Europa League is facing such difficulties. There is a constant ongoing problem with the team. In twelve matches, they have only managed to get 17 points. They won five matches and lost five matches. In their last match, they lost 4-1 to Watford. The 20 time English Premier League Champions, are going through a very rough patch. They even lost 5-0 to their arch-rivals, Liverpool, at Old Trafford.
After their last match, their coach and club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked. Currently, Michael Carrick is acting as the interim coach. Just like Chelsea, Manchester United, too is suffering from injury problems. Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, and Paul Pogba are suffering from injuries. Paul Pogba was suspended for the last couple of games and would have been available for the upcoming match if not for the thigh injury. Harry Maguire, their captain, will also be available, as he is suspended for getting a red card against Watford on matchday 12. Michael Carrick may be the interim manager, but he will manage the team on Sunday. He is likely to follow the 4-3-3 formation.
Players To Watch Out: For Manchester United
The first name that comes to our mind while speaking of Manchester United is Cristiano Ronaldo. He may be 36 years old, but he is performing day in and day out for the club. It is only because that Manchester United qualified for the next round in the Champions League. The Manchester United fans are hoping to get back to their winning days with help of Cristiano Ronaldo. His performance, just like always, has been too good. Donny van de Beek is likely to start the game along with Bruno Fernandes. The frontline will see Marcus Rashford pairing up with Jadon Sancho. The defense will have Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. David De Gea is the only choice for the derby.
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Predicted Line-Up
Chelsea F.C. – Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku
Bench – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Timo Werner, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Bettinelli, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Malang Sarr
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Manchester United – David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo
Bench – Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo, Diogo Dalot, Tom Heaton, Nemanja Matic, Dean Henderson, Anthony Martial
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Match Preview And Prediction
Speaking from an unbiased point of view, Chelsea is the better side of the two. They have proven that over and over again. On top of that, they will be having a home-ground advantage, and have a better mastermind coach. But Manchester United should not be underestimated. They have proven their critics wrong on several occasions. Chelsea has better team chemistry, while Manchester United will be focusing on counterattacks.
A fierce clash will happen. Chances will be created, and the team who gets to convert them will win. Winning is necessary for both teams. If Chelsea wins, they will be in the top position, and if Manchester United win, their hope of catching Chelsea will stay alive. Let us see whether we get to see Chelsea thrashing Manchester United just like Liverpool did or Cristiano Ronaldo providing something magical just like that header in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.