Manchester United and Chelsea go head to head at Old Trafford for what is virtually a knockout match in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Exactly a month after signing a three-year deal with the club , it is evident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon is over, with seven defeats in their last nine games. Another on Sunday would surely end the Red Devils’ hopes of playing in the Champions League next season on their own merit.
With neither side in form, both should see this as a priceless opportunity to get back on track.
|Game||Manchester United vs Chelsea|
|Date||Sunday, April 28|
|Time||4:30pm BST / 11:30am ET|
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Telemundo / NBCSN||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|UK TV channel||Online |
|Sky Go Extra|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Man United squad|
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Grant, Romero|
|Defenders||Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Dalot, Jones, Shaw, Bailly|
|Midfielders||Pogba, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Mata, Lingard, Herrera|
|Forwards||Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Sanchez|
Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Rashford
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Green|
|Defenders||Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson|
|Midfielders||Ampadu, Kante, Barkley, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran, Hazard, Willian, Pedro|
Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Higuain, Hazard
Betting & Match Odds
Manchester United are priced at 13/8 to win the match at bet365 . Chelsea can be backed at 7/4 while the draw is 5/2.
It’s crunch time. With three matches of the Premier League season remaining, there is no room for error from either Manchester United or Chelsea as they chase a place in the top four, and with it an automatic spot in the Champions League next season.
Seven losses in their last nine matches, including a tame 2-0 loss to Manchester City in midweek, have served to undermine the credibility of United’s initial resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Norwegian himself admits that life has not been straightforward recently.
“The last 10 days have been very, very difficult for everyone, an eye-opener,” he said. “Within ourselves, within the group, the players and the staff, we’ve seen where we are, the reality and there’s a lot of work to be done.
“I said last week you can’t make massive changes and expect it to change overnight. So we have to gradually get to where we want to be.
“The players know the history of the club and that it means a lot for everyone, but we can’t just linger on it.
“We can’t because the clubs underneath are chasing us. We shouldn’t be looking back, we should be chasing the top positions, but at the moment that is the reality of where we’re at.”
A massive 27 points behind league leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s fixture, United have shown few signs of being able to capture their first league title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Solskjaer does not wish to replicate the style of his former boss, however.
“Everyone knows that times have changed and what the gaffer did has been unbelievable,” he said. “But we are doing things differently to all the previous managers.
“We can’t try to copy Sir Alex and think that’s going to be successful, because he was unique.
“We’ve got a different generation of players and we’ve got to do it our own way. Maybe some of them couldn’t have handled Sir Alex’s way of managing, but we’re looking to do it our way.”
“The Premier League is wonderful. I want to remain in the Premier League and I want to remain at Chelsea because the level is very high,” he said.
He was hurried into his role at the end of last summer and he thinks a full pre-season could make a dramatic difference.
“I think [I can improve them] because we had only two or three weeks working together,” he said. “At the end of August, we started to play every three days.
“I needed the time to get used to English football. It is normal and it can happen. Now in the next season, I will be able to give more to my players.”
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