Manchester United vs Chelsea LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV today
Champions League football will officially return to Old Trafford next season if Man United can avoid defeat against Chelsea tonight. With Frank Lampard’s Blues victorious in only one of their nine games under the caretaker boss, Red Devils fans may see that as something of a shoo-in.
Erik ten Hag is hoping to have Marcus Rashford fit for tonight’s Premier League clash, which comes as a game in hand for both teams after being postponed for the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this year. Not only can United guarantee a top-four finish with a point but all three will send them into third place ahead of the final weekend.
Chelsea are playing for little more than pride yet can retake 11th place off Crystal Palace with a draw in Manchester. Raheem Sterling is set to be fit despite being left out of the England squad, while Joao Felix is also back. Follow Man Utd vs Chelsea LIVE via Standard Sport’s match blog with Nizaar Kinsella providing expert analysis from the ground.
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Gareth Southgate confident in Chelsea resurgence
Chelsea have been tipped to bounce back into the top six by England boss Gareth Southgate.
In discussing Raheem Sterling’s absence from his squad for next month’s Euro 2024 qualifiers, the Three Lions manager laid out his expectations for the Blues.
“I can’t see a scenario where Chelsea aren’t in the top six next year,” Southgate said. “I think they will progress.
“It has been really difficult for all the managers this year but that will calm down over the summer. They have an outstanding squad, so they are going to have a good season and I’m sure [Sterling] will be fundamental to that.
“I would always back him to respond strongly and to have the resilience and tenacity to prove himself. He said himself earlier in the week he has not been happy with how it has been. That would be a temporary thing for sure.”
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Erik ten Hag looks for “big step” vs Chelsea
Erik ten Hag has sent a call out to Manchester United fans to trust the process in tonight’s pre-game programme.
“I think we are still just at the beginning of what we can achieve together,” he wrote with a top-four finish just a point away. “Today we can take a big step towards where we want to be.”
The United boss also praised the style of play evident in his side’s recent win at Bournemouth.
“The signs are certainly promising,” he added. “At Bournemouth we reached a very high standard in our play.
“Our compactness, movement, build-up play and counter-pressing, especially in the early stages of the game, were exactly what we have been working towards.”
No end-of-season awards night for Chelsea
Chelsea’s annual end-of-season party to hand out awards has been cancelled.
Following a miserable season for the men’s team, the Blues will dish out the honours in a low-key ceremony on the Stamford Bridge pitch this weekend instead.
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The last five meetings between these teams have resulted in a draw, two of which were goalless.
It means Chelsea are unbeaten at Old Trafford since August 2019, when Rashford hit a brace for United.
Man United wins: 81
Chelsea wins: 55
Who will come out on top?
Raphael Varane and Thiago Silva are, when taken together, arguably the world’s most decorated central defensive duo.
Latest match odds
Manchester United – 8/13
Draw – 16/5
Chelsea – 4/1
Odds via Legal Sports Books, subject to change
Marcus Rashford enters the building
We’ll find out if he’s fit to start at the top of the hour!
Man United are in the house
As ever the early arrivals at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag’s side have entered the venue with the likes of Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst pictured arriving.
Marcus Rashford has also been spotted off the bus.
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Evening Standard score prediction
Chelsea are in such dire form at the moment and Frank Lampard has even questioned the commitment of some of his players.
There is nothing to suggest that they are capable of beating a United team so good at home.
Man Utd to win, 3-1.