Chelsea 0 vs 0 Manchester United
32′ Morata wiggles into some space to find room for a shot at goal but he fails to connect with the ball properly, making it an easy gather for De Gea.
22′ Manchester United free-kick in attack after a foul from Kante and it’s pumped long to Matic. The Serbian can’t quite get onto the end of the ball though, with Courtois dealing with the pressure.
16′ SAVE! Courtois is tested for the first time today as Lukaku turns his man outside the box and blasts a low shot towards the bottom left-hand corner but his compatriot between the Chelsea sticks is equal to the effort.
15′ A very open affair here and both sides will feel they should have found the net, with Rashford and Bakayoko missing glorious opportunities. There’s plenty of space for both teams to work with and it’s set-up nicely for a thrilling clash.
1′ KICK-OFF! We’re underway at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United get us underway, kicking from left to right.
Final whistle in today’s other big match at the top means Manchester United enter this game eight points behind their arch-rivals. Chelsea are now 12 points behind, so neither side will want that margin to stay and a draw wouldn’t really change the picture at all.
Chelsea will consider themselves favourites for today’s clash as the Blues have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League matches against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, a 3-2 loss in October 2011. The Red Devils have also lost five of their eight away games immediately following a European match.
Manchester United have made a host of changes from midweek, with six in total. McTominay, Darmian, Blind, Martial and Lingard all drop to the bench, with Juan Mata surprisingly not making the squad. Jones, Young, Valencia, Herrera, Rashford and Mkhitaryan all come into the starting line-up. They are unchanged from their victory over Spurs last weekend though, so Mourinho has opted to return to what seems to be his favoured XI.
Chelsea make three changes to the side that was defeated 3-0 in Rome during midweek, with David Luiz left out of the squad. Pedro and Rudiger both drop to the bench, with Christensen, Zappacosta and Kante restored into the side.
Manchester United subs: Sergio Romero, Scott McTominay, Matteo Darmian, Maroaune Fellaini, Daley Blind, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial.
Chelsea subs: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Pedro, Willian, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater, Michy Batshuayi.
Manchester United XI: David De Gea; Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling; Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young; Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea XI: Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill; Davide Zappacosta, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso; Cesc Fabregas; Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard.
Manchester United are looking to keep pace with league leaders Manchester City, who lead Arsenal 3-1 and look to be set for a ninth consecutive Premier League win, so there’s no room for a slip up today. Tottenham’s win against Crystal Palace this morning also saw the Lilywhites join the Red Devils on 19 points, so their spot in second isn’t even secure.
Sat fourth in the Premier League, defending champions Chelsea haven’t been great this season and have already lost as many matches at Stamford Bridge this season (2) as they did during the entirety of last year’s title winning campaign. Defeat today would almost certainly end their hopes of back-to-back titles, so a response is needed.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Chelsea v Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho returns to his former side and looks to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City. The hosts are looking to close the gap at the top, as well as earning redemption for their 3-0 Champions League defeat to Roma in midweek.