Manchester United and Chelsea meet in a huge Premier League clash at Old Trafford today – and both sides have something to prove.
United and Chelsea finished third and fourth respectively last season, but neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nor Frank Lampard will be entirely happy with their starts to the new campaign.
The Red Devils appear to be on the right path with recent wins against Newcastle (4-1) and PSG (2-1), but a 6-1 home humbling against Tottenham set alarm bells ringing for the club.
As for Chelsea, Lampard spent big in the summer but the defence has yet to convince – though a goalless stalemate against Sevilla in midweek was a step in the right direction.
Manchester United vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 5:30pm BST kick-off today (Saturday, October 24).
The match will be behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Eric Bailly is unavailable after being ruled out for four weeks, while Anthony Martial is still suspended after his red card against Spurs.
Harry Maguire missed United’s win in Paris, so Solskjaer could persist with a back three of Axel Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw – especially as Phil Jones is not in United’s Premier League squad.
Edinson Cavani is in contention for his debut along with Mason Greenwood, while Jesse Lingard is a doubt.
Chelsea are without Kepa Arrizabalaga due to a shoulder injury, meaning Willy Caballero will back-up first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Lampard otherwise has a clean bill of health for today’s match.
Of the 56 Premier League meetings between the sides, Chelsea edge it with 18 wins to United’s 17, along with 21 draws.
United beat Chelsea twice in the League last term – 4-0 at home and 2-0 away – though the Blues won the latest game as they downed United 3-1 at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals in July.