We begin our preview of Sunday's match at Manchester United by looking at the notable facts and figures, including Chelsea's impressive history in our first game, and a recap of both teams' pre-season...
Chelsea's opening weekend record
Chelsea have only lost one (Burnley at home in 2017) of our last 20 opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (16 wins, three draws). Our previous opening day defeat was at Highfield Road against Coventry in 1998.
Man United (18) and Chelsea (17) have won more opening weekend fixtures than any other side in the Premier League.
Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns on the opening weekend for the fifth occasion. The most recent at Stamford Bridge in 2004 was Jose Mourinho’s first match in charge of the Blues when Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the only goal. The other three were all at Old Trafford in the fifties - 1952 (lost 0-2), 1953 (drew 1-1) and 1958 (lost 2-5).
Frank Lampard's record against Man United
Frank Lampard’s playing record against United for the Blues was 11 wins, 10 draws and 10 defeats.
Lampard has a 100 per cent success rate as a manager at Old Trafford when he won there on a penalty shoot-out with Derby in last season’s Carabao Cup.
Chelsea's record at Old Trafford
Chelsea’s last victory at Old Trafford was in May 2013 when Juan Mata’s 87th-minute goal secured all three points for the Blues.
Our six Premier League victories at Old Trafford have come under six different managers: Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez.
Man United are unbeaten in the last six Premier League meetings at home against Chelsea, winning two and drawing four.
Manchester v Chelsea head-to-head record
Man United have won two of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (six draws, five defeats).
Man United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (71) against Chelsea than they have against any other team.
Biggest league win for each team:
Man Utd 6-0 Chelsea, Old Trafford, 26 December 1960
Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd, Stamford Bridge, 3 October 1999
Chelsea’s biggest league win at Old Trafford is 4-0 on 24 August 1968
Pre-season and last season
Our seven pre-season games took us to Ireland, Japan, Reading, Austria and Germany. We beat St Patrick’s, Barcelona, Reading and RB Salzburg, drew with Bohemians and Borussia Monchengladbach and lost to Kawasaki Frontale. Frank Lampard used 36 players.
PRE-SEASON MINUTES (643 in total)
Azpilicueta 426, Pedro 418, Zouma 414, Jorginho 384, Kovacic 367, Mount 326, Emerson 325, David Luiz 305, Abraham 293, Christensen 288, Barkley 287, Kenedy 282, Arrizabalaga 278, Pulisic 275, Caballero 246, Alonso 226, Batshuayi 222, Zappacosta 217, Bakayoko 196, Giroud 194, Tomori 153, Drinkwater 149, Cumming 119, Palmer 111, Gilmour 92, Baker 47, I Brown 47, Chalobah 47, Maatsen 47, Piazon 47, Ugbo 47, Ampadu 45, Gallagher 45, Guehi 45, Sterling 45, Kante 18.
PRE-SEASON GOALS (18 in total)
Barkley 4 (2 pens), Mount 3, Abraham 2 (1 pen), Batshuayi 2, Giroud 2, Pulisic 2, Emerson 1, Kenedy 1, Pedro 1
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: Azpilicueta 38, Jorginho 37, Arrizabalaga, David Luiz and Kante 36.
Most goals: Hazard 16, Pedro 8, Loftus-Cheek 6.
Most assists: Hazard 15, Willian 6, Azpilicueta and Barkley 5.
Most clean sheets: Arrizabalaga 14
League games since
An away win: 3
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 2
MAN UTD IN NUMBERS
Premier League - sixth
FA Cup - quarter-finals
League Cup - third round
Champions League - quarter-finals
Top scorer all competitions: Paul Pogba 16
United have only lost six (three against Man City) of their last 65 Premier League games at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils kept two clean sheets at Old Trafford in the league last term (Crystal Palace and Liverpool) – their fewest in a season since 1962/63.
Manchester United are without a clean sheet in 15 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time in the Premier League era.
United conceded 54 league goals last season, their most ever in a Premier League campaign and most in a league season since 1978/79 (63).
Manchester United won seven points in 10 matches against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League last season; the fewest of the ‘big six’ clubs alongside Tottenham Hotspur (also seven). They failed to win any of their home games.
When kicking off a top-flight campaign at home, Manchester United have lost just one of their last 26 matches (19 wins, six draws), losing against Swansea in the 2014/15 campaign.
New signing Harry Maguire won 78 per cent of his aerial duels in the 2018/19 Premier League season; a better success rate than any of the 205 other players to be involved in 50+ aerials in the competition, just ahead of Virgil van Dijk (75 per cent).
Last season’s Premier League stats
Most starts: De Gea 38, Pogba 34, Lindelof and Shaw 29.
Most goals: Pogba 13, Lukaku 12, Martial and Rashford 10.
Most assists: Pogba 9, Rashford 6, Shaw 4
Most clean sheets: De Gea 7
MANCHESTER UNITED’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Sunday 12 May
Manchester United 0 Cardiff City 2
Team 4-3-1-2: De Gea; Dalot (Valencia 74), Smalling, Jones (Martial h/t), Young (c); Pereira (Gomes 74), McTominay, Pogba; Lingard; Greenwood, Rashford
Booked: Pereira, Pogba, Lingard
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial record against Chelsea
United’s six-match pre-season took them to Australia, Singapore, China, Norway and Wales. They won them all against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan, Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan (on penalties).
For their final pre-season friendly against AC Milan in Cardiff last weekend, United lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation as follows: De Gea (c); Wan-Bissaka (Young 65), Lindelof, Rojo (Tuanzebe 65), Shaw; Pereira (Lingard 65), McTominay, Matic (Fred 65); Mata (James 64); Rashford (Gomes 82), Martial (Greenwood 82).
Pre-season scorers: (12 in total)
Rashford 3, Greenwood 2, Martial 2 (1 pen), Garner 1, Gomes 1, Jones 1, Lingard 1, Mata 1 (pen).
League games since
A home win: 3
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 0
CHELSEA'S SUMMER TRANSFERS
Mateo Kovacic - Real Madrid
Eden Hazard - Real Madrid
Gary Cahill - released, now Crystal Palace
Alvaro Morata - Atletico Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain - Juventus (loan return)
Robert Green - retired
Ola Aina - Torino
Tomas Kalas - Bristol City
Eduardo - released, now Braga
Victorien Angban - Metz
Marcin Bulka - released, now PSG
Joseph Colley - released
Bradley Collins - Barnsley
Jay Dasilva - Bristol City
Fankaty Dabo - released, now Coventry City
Daishawn Redan - Hertha Berlin
Kylian Hazard - Cercle Brugge
Kasey Palmer - Bristol City
Todd Kane - released, now QPR
Renedi Masampu - released
Josimar Quintero - released, now Espanyol B
Ruben Sammut - released, now Sunderland
Kyle Scott - released, now Newcastle
Martell Taylor-Crossdale - released, now Fulham
Jared Thompson - released
All for the complete season unless stated
Jake Clarke-Salter - Birmingham City
Conor Gallagher - Charlton Athletic
Matt Miazga - Reading
Dujon Sterling - Wigan Athletic
Richard Nartey - Burton Albion
Luke McCormick - Shrewsbury Town
Nathan Baxter - Ross County
Ethan Ampadu - RB Leipzig
Lewis Baker - Fortuna Dusseldorf
SERIE A (ITALY)
Mario Pasalic - Atalanta
Charly Musonda - Vitesse Arnhem
EERSTE DIVISIE (NETHERLANDS – LEVEL TWO)
Ike Ugbo - Roda JC Kerkrade
SUPER LIG (TURKEY)
Victor Moses - Fenerbahce
SERIE A (BRAZIL)
Nathan Atletico - Mineiro (1 Jan 2020)
MANCHESTER UNITED SUMMER TRANSFERS
Harry Maguire - Leicester City
Daniel James - Swansea City
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace
Ander Herrera - PSG
Antonio Valencia - Released
Matthew Olosunde - Released
James Wilson - Released
Regan Poole - Released
Kieran O'Hara - Burton Albion, loan
Dean Henderson - Sheffield United, loan
There are no suspensions
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Taylor was the official for our most recent Premier League match in May at Leicester, as well our away games at Arsenal and Everton last season.
Click to read more stats for the 2019/20 campaign, and to find out more about the new laws this season
Club statistician Paul Dutton provides all the key facts and figures.