Scouting report: Manchester United

Ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, we run our eye over the Red Devils...


Jose Mourinho. The United boss needs little introduction to Chelsea supporters, after spending two spells in charge at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese manager won the Premier League title three times whilst in charge of us over two spells and has also been successful during his time as boss at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He took over at Old Trafford following the departure of Louis Van Gaal and guided the Red Devils to Europa League success last season. 

Key player

David De Gea. A beacon of consistency in the United goal, the Spaniard has kept eight clean sheets in 10 Premier League outings so far this campaign. The 26 year-old arrived at Old Trafford in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and has gone on to make over 250 appearances for the Red Devils, as well as establishing himself as Spain’s first choice stopper. De Gea has won the Europa League with both Atletico and United, as well as lifting the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during his time in Manchester. 

Recent form

Our visitors head into the game in good form, having won their last three games in all competitions. Recent home victories over Tottenham and Benfica see United come into the came on a winning note, although they did suffer defeat on the road to Huddersfield last month in the Premier League. The Red Devils have only won once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League in their last 15 visits, with that victory coming in 2012 as we had Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres sent off.

One to watch

Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international had three years as a Chelsea player, but only made a handful of appearances for us as he spent time out on loan with spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He joined the Toffees permanently in 2014 and became a huge hit at Goodison Park, leading the line for them before moving to Manchester United this summer. Has so far netted seven Premier League goals for United in 10 appearances.

Worn both badges

Mark Hughes. Our former striker had two spells with our opponents, either side of stints abroad with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The ex-Wales forward, who later went on to manage the national side, joined us in 1995 and spent three years with us at Stamford Bridge. During his time, Hughes helped us lift the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Since hanging up his boots, Hughes has gone on to manage a number of Premier League clubs and is currently in charge at Stoke City.