Chelsea will be hoping to pull themselves back over into Premier League title race when they host Manchester United on Sunday. The West London side has slipped up twice at Stamford Bridge this season – losing to Burnley and Manchester City – leaving them four points behind Jose Mourinho‘s side preceding to kick-off.
Both Chelsea and United have secured 18 of the 25 titles since the rebranding of English football’s top tier, and some of the game’s most noteworthy names have graced the crucial clash down the years.
Chelsea will, obviously, reacquaint themselves with a common enemy on Sunday as Jose Mourinho – manager for three of those Premier League triumphs – comes back to Stamford Bridge, entrusted with managing United back to the strong days of the Alex Ferguson reign.
Chelsea comes into Sunday’s clash trailing EPL table-toppers Manchester City by nine points while United are four points and two places better in the pursuit to get Pep Guardiola’s runaway juggernaut.
Two Manchester United icons sit gladly on this rundown, with Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney each having scored on six occasions in matches between the two sides.
Chelsea’s top scorer is Eidur Gudjohnsen, with four – a count matched by Mark Hughes, who turned out for the two clubs amid his professional career.
Juan Mata is another man to have featured for both and he is one of nine players to have scored three goals in Chelsea v United fixtures, alongside any semblance of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Samuel Eto’o, who netted all of his in a single game, a 3-1 win for the Blues in January 2014.
Longest winning runs and losing streaks
As anyone would expect from a fixture between two Premier League heavyweights, neither one of the sides has enjoy prolonged periods of predominance over the other.
Chelsea’s longest victories over Manchester United extends across three matches, between November 2009 and March 2011. Man Utd best league winning streak is two games, which took after on from that hat-trick of triumphs for the Blues.
Chelsea’s important 5-0 battering of United in October 1999 remains the heaviest triumph enjoyed in by both of these two sides. The Blues also obliterated a Mourinho-led United 4-0 in October a year ago, which provoked an expression of remorse from the Portuguese to Red Devils supporters.
Manchester United have thrice beaten the Blues 3-0 – the most recent case coming in January 2009 – while in October 1995 they cavorted to a 4-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge, with Scholes bagging a brace.
Chelsea has 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).
- Manchester United’s 2-0 victory in their last meeting with Chelsea ended a run of 12 games without a win against them in all competitions. They last won back-to-back meetings with the Blues in September 2011.
- Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (17) and conceded more Premier League goals (66) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
- Antonio Conte’s side has already lost as many home Premier League games this season as they did in 2016-17 overall (2).
- Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have lost five of their eight away Premier League games immediately after playing in Europe (W3), including their last three against Arsenal and Spurs in May and Huddersfield last month.
- Jose Mourinho has lost three of his last four away games against sides he’s previously managed but did win his last such encounter (1-0 vs Benfica in October).
- 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).
- During their three Premier League games during October, Manchester United had a total of just 1.78 but have allowed their opponents to post a cumulative xG total of 3.87 – meaning they have allowed their opponents more than double the chance quality they that have created themselves.
- 21% of the total Premier League goals scored in the final 10 minutes of games this season (10/47) have been netted by Manchester United.
- 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.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored 15 goals in 59 Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition, averaging a goal every 295 minutes. His mins per goal ratio against non ‘big six’ opponents is 137 (77 goals in 137 apps).
- No goalkeeper has kept as many clean sheets in the ‘big five’ European leagues since the start of 2016-17 than Manchester United’s David De Gea (22).