Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea host Manchester United in the FA Cup’s round of 16 on Monday night at the Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United’s trip to London comes after the first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Champions League tie against PSG. Chelsea won their last match 2-1 at Malmo on Thursday but were humiliated by Manchester City the last weekend, losing 6-0 on Etihad.

This is going to be a repeat of the last season’s FA Cup final, which Chelsea won 1-0, thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty kick.

Team news

Manchester United travel to London without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, as both first-team players suffered muscle injuries on Tuesday against PSG.

Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also absentees for the Red Devils, due to minor injuries.

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns ahead and will give a late fitness test to Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the recurrence of his persistent back problem.

Left-back Marcos Alonso could return after missing the Malmo game in the Europa League.

What did the managers say

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that his team doesn’t need to panic after the first defeat since his appointment.

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“You’ve got to bounce back at this club, always have challenges and away against Chelsea is tough. Let’s make sure the next two days in training we’re ready on Monday.

“We know there was a spell against PSG, seven, eight, 10 mins we lost our way apart from that we weren’t too bad.

“You don’t panic because you have lost a game, you don’t change everything because it does not change the mindset at all. We need to keep working on the way we want to play football. The way we approach the games will always be in an attacking positive mind.”

It was the assistant, Gianfranco Zolla who attended the press-conference for Chelsea. The Italian admits that the team in the most crucial period in the season.

“We know that it’s a crucial moment. It’s very challenging, I think the key will be to face each task by only thinking about that task.

“The first one is going to be United and we come into this game after a good performance in the Europa League. It’s a good challenge, it’s actually what we need to do right now.

“We know that we have to be consistent. We all know this. It’s important everyone knows the situation and is working on it, players, coaches, and club.”

Stats

  • This will be the 14th FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Manchester United. The Blues have triumphed in each of the last four, including the final last season.
  • Chelsea could become the first team to eliminate Manchester United in five consecutive FA Cup meetings.
  • In all competitions, Manchester United have won just two of their last 22 away games against Chelsea (D7 L13), failing to win any of their last nine.
  • Manchester United have eliminated the FA Cup holders 10 times, more than any other side in the competition’s history. They last did so in 2011-12 against Manchester City.