Although United worked hard against Manchester City on Wednesday, it was plain for all to see that there was a significant gap in quality between the two teams at Old Trafford.
Still, the 2-0 defeat hasn’t proven terminal for their Champions League ambitions. With Arsenal losing against Wolves and Chelsea only drawing at home to Burnley on Monday night, they are still in the race for a top-four finish.
United have four players who could be missing for Sunday’s game. Phil Jones was not selected against City due to a knock and remains a doubt for this weekend.
Eric Bailly has now missed seven matches with a concussion he suffered whilst on international duty, and there has been no indication as to when he will return to match fitness.
Antonio Valencia is still unavailable for selection due to fitness problems, but Ander Herrera is on the comeback trail from a hamstring injury. The Spaniard could be back in contention for Sunday’s game.
Manchester United’s Predicted XI To Face Chelsea:
De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Fred, Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford
Chelsea have suffered a serious injury blow with Callum Hudson-Odoi out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The 18-year-old will undergo surgery ahead of a return next campaign.
N’Golo Kante had to be substituted against Burnley due to a rib injury but could be back in action this weekend. As could Antonio Rudiger, who has been missing since the defeat to Liverpool with a knee problem.
Marcos Alonso (thigh), Ethan Ampadu (back) and Marco van Ginkel (knee) remain on the treatment table.
Chelsea’s Predicted XI:
Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
The bookies have this one as too close to call. United are 17/10 to win at Unibet, with Chelsea also 17/10 to get the victory at Betfair. A draw is currently 5/2 with Betway.
Predicted Score – 0-0