Blues Bulletin: Manchester United vs Chelsea

The Blues head north to Manchester this midweek and we preview this Premier League match-up with the best stats and facts...

Chelsea vs Man United head to head

Chelsea have won one of our past 10 meetings with Manchester United in all competitions. Our last two wins against them were both at Wembley in the FA Cup – the semi-final in 2020 and final in 2018.

The Blues are seeking to beat Man United in the Premier League for the first time since November 2017 when Alvaro Morata scored the only goal at Stamford Bridge.

Man Utd are unbeaten in our last eight meetings in the competition (three wins, five draws) which is the longest current run we have failed to win against any other 2021/22 Premier League club.

United are unbeaten in the last eight Premier League meetings at Old Trafford against Chelsea, winning three, drawing five and keeping five clean sheets.

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.

In the reverse fixture at the Bridge, Jadon Sancho opened scoring just after-half time on the counter-attack following a Chelsea free-kick and Jorginho equalised 19 minutes later from the penalty spot.
 


Chelsea stats

With our superior goal difference, seven points from our remaining six games, should be enough for Thomas Tuchel’s side to secure top four.

We have the second-best away record in the Premier League this season (behind Man City) with 36 points (11 wins) from 16 games. Our two defeats came at West Ham and Man City.

Only Manchester City (eight) have conceded fewer away league goals than Chelsea in the top flight this term (nine from 16 games) and only Liverpool have scored more goals on the road (40) than Thomas Tuchel’s side (35).

Chelsea had 26 shots against West Ham (12 of them blocked), the most we have had in a Premier League game this season.

The Blues have the highest goals-to-shots ratio in the Premier League (20 per cent).

Chelsea have not been losing at half-time in any of our 32 Premier League games this season.
 


Milestones

Marcos Alonso’s next appearance will be his 150th in the Premier League for the Blues.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s next start will be his 50th for Chelsea.

Thiago Silva made his 50th Premier League appearance against West Ham on Sunday.
 

Man United stats

This season’s Premier League stats (34 games)
Most appearances: De Gea 34, Fernandes 32, Sancho 29, Maguire 28, Ronaldo 27
Most assists: Pogba 9, Fernandes 6, Fred 4
Most clean sheets: De Gea 7
Red cards: Maguire 1, Pogba 1
 
Premier League scorers
Ronaldo 16 (2 pens), Fernandes 9, Greenwood 5, Fred 4, Rashford 4, Sancho 3, Cavani 2, Elanga 2, Lingard 2, Maguire 1, Martial 1, McTominay 1, Pogba 1, Van de Beek 1, own goal 1


Manchester United have lost three of their last four Premier League games and have won two of their last eight.

Man Utd are looking to avoid losing three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2015 when Louis van Gaal was in charge.

After scoring at Arsenal last weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score a century of goals in both la Liga and the Premier League. Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in each of his last two Premier League home games against Norwich and Tottenham.

Bruno Fernandes is the first United player to miss the target with two penalties in a Premier League season since Teddy Sheringham in 1997/98.

Only Leeds United’s Illan Meslier (125) has made more saves in the Premier League this term than David de Gea (116).

Chelsea have never come up against Ralf Rangnick before either as a manager or player.

Discipline

There are no suspensions.

Players can no longer receive a suspension this season for accumulating 10 yellow cards in the Premier League.

Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Alonso 7, Rudiger 5, James 4, Jorginho 4, Kovacic 3, Mount 3, Christensen 2, Mendy 2, Pulisic 2, Sarr 2, Thiago Silva 2, Ziyech 2, Azpilicueta 1, Chalobah 1, Havertz 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Saul 1, Werner 1
Man Utd: Fernandes 9, McTominay 9, Shaw 8, Maguire 7, Pogba 7, Ronaldo 7, Fred 5, Lindelof 3, Dalot 2, Matic 2, Rashford 2, Wan-Bissaka 2, Bailly 1, Greenwood 1, Lingard 1, Mejbri 1, Telles 1


Referee and VAR

Referee: Mike Dean
VAR: John Brooks

With five league games to go this season, it is likely this will be Mike Dean’s final Chelsea game as a referee before he retires at the end of the season. His only other Blues match in 2021/22 was the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Brighton in December. His first was our home defeat to Charlton in the Premier League in April 2001.
 

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