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PMB: Chelsea v Man United - matchday

The final part of the Pre-Match Briefing gets you ready for today's game...

• As ever following international matches Maurizio Sarri will assess the fitness and rest requirements of his squad for this important game at the start of a busy period. He may feel Thursday’s match is a better one to rest regular starters, but will also be mindful that Man United have the second tallest average starting team in the top flight after Huddersfield, and have netted three times from headers this season.

• Kepa Arrizabalaga, who maintained his fourth clean sheet last time out with some brilliant saves, has also initiated 10 moves that led to shots in top-flight games this season. Four of them ended in a goal – twice as many as the next best ’keeper, Liverpool’s Alisson. At the other end, Olivier Giroud has created four goals for team-mates – the most in the campaign to date, and one more than Eden Hazard, the league’s top scorer with seven. Alvaro Morata will hope to score in a third successive match for the Blues.

• The Londoners go into the Premier League’s most yellow-strewn clash having accrued the fewest cautions in the top flight to date: five. That is three lower than the nearest rival; United have already amassed 13 bookings this season.

• Only Fulham (17th), Huddersfield (18th) and Cardiff (20th) have let in more goals than Manchester United this season, while no team has been caught offside more often than Man United’s 21. They have hit the net twice in the second half on the road.

• Jose Mourinho started the match at home to Newcastle with a 4-3-3 accommodating Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial and Romelu Lukaku. After just 18 minutes, 2-0 down, he took Eric Bailly off and moved Scott McTominay into defence. A narrow 4-2-2-2, in which Paul Pogba played a deeper central role, achieved the 3-2 comeback.


Maurizio Sarri’s pre-match quotes

‘Maybe Man United will play on us or maybe they will play their football. They can play their football, they are a wonderful team.

‘I think we need to expect everything because we have to play against very strong team and usually a very strong team plays very well in an impotant match, so we need to be prepared to face everything.’


Jose Mourinho’s pre-match quotes

‘For me it's another game. Would I celebrate like crazy my team's goal at Stamford Bridge or my team's victory? I don't think so. I think I would try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters for many years.

‘It's a match I want to do well for my players, for my team, for my supporters. I'm 100 per cent Manchester United tomorrow. No space for anything more than respect.’

Squad news

Ross Barkley
Callum Hudson-Odoi
Ethan Ampadu

Man United
Jesse Lingard
Marcos Rojo

Marouane Fellaini
Ander Herrera
Nemanja Matic
Scott McTominay
Luke Shaw

Matchday weather outlook

A sunny Saturday lunchtime is due in west London.


At today’s match at Stamford Bridge.ans will be invited to take part in the ‘Give Cancer a Kicking’ football accuracy challenge although this time with a more traditional target-based format, with balls kicked towards the goal with the aim of hitting the cancer targets.

Those taking part will be given three balls to attempt to hit the targets and they will also have the chance to donate to Stand Up To Cancer by way of bucket collections or contactless payment points. The challenge will be located near the Shed Wall.

In addition, every time a Hyundai patch gets printed on the sleeve of a shirt in the Megastore on Saturday, Hyundai will donate the equivalent price back to Stand Up To Cancer.