With all the excitement surrounding the potential appointment of Ralf Rangnick as Manchester United’s new manager, some supporters may be forgetting about the huge game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Caretaker coach Michael Carrick is expected to be in charge at Stamford Bridge, and it will be an uphill battle to get any sort of result. The Blues are flying after scoring seven goals without reply in their last two matches against Leicester and Juventus. Anything other than a win for the home side would be a surprise, but United’s players will be looking to impress their prospective new boss so anything could happen.
In terms of the teams, United are sweating over the fitness of Luke Shaw (head) Fred (ankle) and Mason Greenwood (illness), while Raphael Varane (hamstring), Edinson Cavani (tendon) and Paul Pogba (thigh) are still unavailable. Captain Harry Maguire is suspended.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has doubts over Kai Havertz (hamstring) and N’Golo Kante (knee), with Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) and Ben Chilwell both ruled out. Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle problem and could face his former club.
The bookmakers have made Chelsea heavy favourites for this game with Betfair pricing them at 8/13 for the win. A draw is 16/5 with Sky Bet while a victory for United is 5/1 at Bet 365.
Predicted Score – 2-0 to Chelsea