Man Utd team news: Expected XI for Chelsea clash – Solskjaer to make five changes

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could make five changes for his side’s Premier League clash with Chelsea. The Red Devils lock horns with Thomas Tuchel’s side looking to boost their chances of a top four finish. Express Sport will now take a look at their expected XI for the showdown at Stamford Bridge.

Goalkeeper: De Gea

Behind the scenes, there’s uncertainty over David De Gea’s long-term future.

With Dean Henderson impressing between the sticks when called upon this season, the Spain international is no longer guaranteed the No 1 jersey.

While that’s the case, however, De Gea is expected to start against Chelsea on Sunday.

He’s still been consistent for most of the campaign and Solskjaer rates him as one of the best shot-stoppers in world football.

Therefore, he’ll only be permanently dropped once he messes up again – so he should get the nod for Chelsea.

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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw

United decided to rotate things for the draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday night.

Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire were both benched, with Alex Telles and Eric Bailly starting the match at Old Trafford instead.

However, both should return for the match against Chelsea.


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As club captain Maguire is too vital to drop, while Shaw’s electric displays at left-back have made him undroppable.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof should also make up the back four.

Midfield: Fred, Van de Beek, Fernandes

Last season, United beat Chelsea three times.

And Fred was a vital player in all of those victories, with the Brazil international earning rave reviews in the absence of Paul Pogba.

With Pogba and Scott McTominay sidelined through injury, he and Donny van de Beek could get the nod in the middle of the park.

And, playing ahead of them, will be Bruno Fernandes.

There’s more chance of the coronavirus crisis going away overnight than there is of the Portugal international being omitted from Solskjaer’s starting XI.

Forwards: Greenwood, Martial, Rashford

Marcus Rashford was another player who was omitted from Solskjaer’s starting XI for the match against Sociedad.

And it’s likely the England international will now be unleashed against Chelsea as a result.

Edinson Cavani may still be sidelined through injury, with Solskjaer pessimistic when quizzed on the Uruguayan on Friday.

So, in his absence, Anthony Martial could keep his place at the tip of their attack.

That would then allow United to deploy Mason Greenwood on the left wing.

Tuchel speaks out

Speaking before the game, Chelsea boss Tuchel admitted his PSG side’s defeat to United earlier in the season left him in a ‘dark place’.

Tuchel said: “I can be very honest, after that match I was two days in a very dark place and I can tell you I was not able to speak to anybody and to think about anything else than this defeat.

“That maybe was the worst defeat that I experienced because it came from nowhere.

“It was, in a way, in the circumstances that it arrived. I was for two days in a dark place for a coach to be at.”

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