Manchester United host Chelsea in their Premier League opening match as they hope to build on from last season’s major progress.
Many eyes will be on Chelsea’s newly appointed manager and former captain Frank Lampard, who will make his Premier League managerial debut against a side he often competed against.
On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to build on last season to try and revive the Manchester United we all once knew under Sir Alex Ferguson. With £140m worth of new signings, Solskjaer has been given a much-needed boost to the team, especially now that Harry Maguire could potentially strengthen the backline considering the hefty price they paid.
Unfortunately, Lampard took over during Chelsea’s transfer ban but hopes to utilise the team’s wealth of young talent in his first season back at Stamford Bridge, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham among those looking to seize opportunities.
Manchester United Team News
Having finished an impressive pre-season undefeated will not only give Solskjaer bundles of confidence but his players too.
United are without Eric Bailly, who is out until Christmas. The centre back’s injury came in his side’s 2-1 pre-season win over Tottenham, fuelling talk that Harry Maguire could start shortly after his £80m move from Leicester.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 9, 2019
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw
James, Lingard, Rashford
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea have four long-term absentees in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Antonio Rudiger with N’Golo Kante in a fitness race of his own ahead of kick-off.
The France international missed most of Chelsea’s pre-season campaign as the result of the knee injury initially suffered the week before his side’s Europa League final meeting with Arsenal.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2019
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson
Pedro, Mount, Pulisic
United will want to start strong at home and they look promising coming into the new season. However, a lot will hinge on whether Maguire can fit straight into the side to strengthen their defence.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 11, 2019
The Reds are still undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions. The bookies value a win for Solskjaer’s men at 2.23*
*Odds are subject to change
The most iconic meeting between the two has to be the 2008 Champions League final. Chelsea squandered the chance of becoming European champions via John Terry’s infamous penalty miss, before Nicolas Anelka’s penalty was saved by Edwin Van der Sar, handing the trophy to United.
The Red Devils haven’t lost in their last three against the Londoners. However, it was Chelsea who performed when it mattered most recently, defeating Jose Mourinho’s side 1-0 in the 2018 FA Cup final.