Chelsea vs Manchester United (LIVE UPDATES): Red Devils Face Tough London Test

After suffering a 4-0 humiliation in the reverse fixture against Manchester United earlier in the season, Chelsea will be eager to avenge that defeat as they host the Red Devils tonight at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, this is one of the most anticipated games on the Premier League calendar and both teams are expected to give good accounts of themselves, especially as the teams are freshened after the newly introduced Winter Break.

United are currently ninth in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and they will be hoping to narrow the gap with a rare win at Stamford Bridge.

For Chelsea, they have been unsuccessful in recent outings against United, hence they will be looking to beat the Red Devils for the first time since May 2018.

Still without the services of Paul Pogba, United are depleted in the midfield, while Marcus Rashford’s back injury has taken away another of their most talented players.

Solskjaer’s squad is stretched at the moment, but Bruno Fernandes impressed in his debut against Wolves last time out.

There could also be the first appearance for Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on Monday night.

For Chelsea, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are not available for Frank Lampard’s side, but leading scorer Tammy Abraham should be available having used the winter break to recover from a troublesome ankle issue.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates from Stamford Bridge.

Kickoff is 9.00 p.m.

LIVE UPDATE


 

Teams News

Ighalo on the bench

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team to face Chelsea in the Premier League tonight has been announced.

Nigeria international Odion Ighalo is on the bench while the other recent signing, Bruno Fernandes is starting

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire (c), Bailly, Shaw, Williams; Fred, Matic, Fernandes; James, Martial.

Substitutes: Romero, Jones, Dalot, Mata, Andreas, Ighalo, Greenwood.


Chelsea Starting XI: Caballero, James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.

subs: Kepa, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.


Game underway at Stamford Bridge


Chelsea come very close to breaking the deadlock but the ball sails off the United Post


Willian with another effort as Chelsea keep on the pressure on the United defense


Not looking good for Chelsea however as one of their key players N’Golo Kante appears injured


Not looking good for Chelsea however as one of their key players N’Golo Kante appears injured


The French man has been forced off


Mount takes the place of Kante


United are begining to also carve out chances of their own


Batshuayi gives away ball possession as he falls off the ball after receiving a pass from Jorginho


Anxious moments for United in the left side of thier defence but they finally deal with the situation


United captain Maguire escape a booking after what looks like a foul on Batshuayi


United shading the ball possession 54% compared to Chelsea’s 46%


Batshuayi fluffs another good chance for Chelsea


Chelsea are pushing forward agian but Michy Batshuayi’s finish is wide of the goal.


Yellow card for Willian for simulation

Goal.. Martial gives United the lead at Stamford Bridge



Wambassaka with a cross and Martial jumps high to head United in front


Three minutes added time


Poor finish by Batshuayi as the Belgian blows another chance to draw Chelsea level


Half Time : Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United


Chelsea get the second half underway


Andreas Christensen has been replaced with Kurt Zouma in the Chelsea team


Chelsea’s Rudiger gets a Yellow card for a tackle on Fernandes


Willian whips in a cross but no Chelsea player to connect


Chelsea come close again but no goal for the Blues… Pedro shot blocked


Goal!!! Zouma gets the ball in


Referee checks up with VAR.. Goal disallowed


Manchester United keep thier 1-0 lead


Martial on the pitch.. Referee gives Zouma and Fred Yellow cards


Game back on


Chelsea win a corner kick.. But the United defence have cleared thier lines


Free kick for United at the edge of the box


Close!! Fernandes hits the goal post with his effort


Goal!!! UNITED double their lead ……. Captain Maguire makes it 2-0


Frank Lampard looking distraught as his team is falling apart at the moment at Stamford Bridge


Giroud comes in for Batshuayi as Chelsea try to rescue the situation


Baily with a crucial clearance for United to deny Kovavic a chance to shoot


Williams booked for foul on Willian


Giroud heads in the ball for Chelsea but VAR rules it out for offside


Yellow card for Wam-Biasaka


Andreas Pereira has replaced Daniel James for Manchester United


According to Opta Stats Manchester United have scored with both of the only two shots on target in this match, scoring two headed goals in a Premier League game for the first time since November 2017 against Newcastle.


Free kick by Chelsea hits the bar.. De Gea injures self trying to stop that


The big moment is here.. Odion Ighalo comes in for Anthony Martial


Five minutes added time


Full Time Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United

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