Jose Mourinho travels to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United to face his former club in the Premier League super clash on Sunday. Chelsea will want to ricochet back to life again from a 3-0 loss at Roma amid the Champions League in midweek.
Antonio Conte’s side presently sits in fourth place, four points behind Jose Mourinho’s side. While, Man Utd are in second place, five points behind EPL table topper Manchester City, and have won their last three games in all competitions without conceding.
The Blues have a decent recent record against Sunday’s adversaries, having lost just once in their last 15 home Premier League games against Man Utd.
N’Golo Kante could make his return back from injury for the Blue’s and he could be line-up alongside former Leicester City player Danny Drinkwater, who might be, making his Premier League debut. While Nigerian international Victor Moses is the only clear non-attendant for Conte.
For Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all stay on the sidelines, while Jesse Lingard suffered a back injury midweek against Benfica.
WHAT THE MANAGERS ARE SAYING
“Now there are big problems for all the teams that want to fight for the title. The big problem is Manchester City. If City continues in this way it will be difficult to fight for the title. We have to try to do our best.
“After a defeat, it is normal that we are not happy and it must be in this way, otherwise we have a bad mentality. If we are happy after a defeat, it means we are not so clear to understand.
“It is right to suffer. After a defeat, you have to suffer if you have a good mentality, a good heart. You have to suffer because a defeat is not a good thing, but it can happen and the most important thing then is to find quickly the solution and the right strength to play another game. Manchester United is a really important game, a big game, and a tough game.
“Those who know me very well, they know that I don’t like to lose and that I need a bit of time to digest this loss,’ he added, ‘but they know that after this I start stronger with more hunger and more desire because I don’t like the defeat. I try to transfer my suffering to my players and sometimes I am able to do this or to have a good answer.” said Conte
“I have to admit it’s a little bit different but in the end, I want to win like I did with Inter. They want to win like they did last season and it’s just one more day.
“In a couple of years it will be even more natural, and in four or five years probably no one will remember that I was Chelsea manager and it becomes absolutely normal.
“It isn’t a big thing. One day you are in one club, the next day you’re in another club.” Mourinho told BBC Sports
Chelsea has won three, drawn two, and lost one of their last six meetings with Manchester United, with there being fewer than three goals in five of these games, having lost just one of their last 15 home Premier League games against Manchester United (W9 D5), with that defeat coming in Alex Ferguson’s final season (2-3 in October 2012).
Antonio Conte’s side has already lost as many home Premier League games this season as they did in 2016-17 overall (2).
Antonio Conte has won 112 points as Chelsea manager in his 48 Premier League games in charge, 11 points fewer than Jose Mourinho had at this point of his Chelsea managerial career (123). Mourinho lost just one of his first 48 Premier League games in charge of the club (W38 D9 L1), but Conte has already lost eight times (W36 D4 L8).
Manchester United substitutes have scored seven goals and assisted four more (both league-high’s) this season so far – Anthony Martial has provided six of these 11 substitute goal involvements (four goals, two assists); more than any other player.
Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Bailly, Jones, Valencia; Herrera, Matic; Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Mata; Lukaku.