Mouth watering clash awaits all of us on 11th August at Old Trafford. It still gives us goosebumps when we rewind old classic fixtures between these two teams. Breathtaking encounter between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard. The current sides do not match to their old legendary sides, but still this encounter has always been thrilling. From Mourinho-Conte spat to 95th minute equalizer by Barkley it has involved everything. So i give my Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview, Probable line ups and predictions:
Last year was disastrous for Manchester United. Now its time for a fresh start. Pre season has gone exceedingly well. Spirit in the dressing room is very good. They have been unbeatable in pre season so far. Only downside has been the lack of transfers. Only Wan Bissaka and Daniel james have been signed so far. Wan Bissaka and Mctominay have been huge positives.
Team News: 1. Eric Bailly is ruled to be out for upto 4-5 months.
2. Pogba is suffering from a back spasm but will be fit for Chelsea clash.
Probable line ups (if transfers of Maguire and Fernandes go through):
Last year was a mixed bag for Chelsea. Overall a Europa trophy and 3rd place finish is a good season. Sarri did a good job but was not liked upon by Chelsea fans.With regards to Chelsea fans complaint of lack of fan connection by the manager, Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard has their manager. He was unbelievable player but as a manager he still has a lot to learn. His spell at Derby was good but he was not able to achieve promotion.
One thing we saw in his derby side was they were courageous and passionate. They pressed high up the field and wanted to play quick passing football. This is what Frank will try to implement at Chelsea. Chelsea pre season has also gone well. They have won 4 with drawing to Bohemians and losing to Kawasaki Frontale. Positives have been fast attacking football presented by Chelsea. Midfielders taking shots from long with Barkley and Kovacic being one of the best performers. Due to transfer ban Chelsea cannot sign players but they were able to sign Kovacic permanently and Pulisic in January. Only limitation in this pre season has been Chelsea’s leaky defense.
Team news: 1. Willian is uncertain to start this match as he has just arrived in training due to Copa America commitment with Brazil.
2. Kante is another doubt due to the injury he suffered in april against Burnley.
Probable line up:
I predict this encounter to end in a 1-1 stalemate. Both teams have had a fine pre season. Manchester United on paper are stronger than Chelsea. But if you ask the best time for Chelsea to get a result at Old Trafford it is this match. Its first game of the season with teams still not fully fit. The momentum carried on from pre season. Both camps are happy with positivity flowing in the dressing room. If it was mid season i would have predicted a Manchester United win. But at this point of time with Maguire not having a pre season same for Bruno Fernandes. Therefore i believe this match will end in a entertaining draw.