Scouting report: Manchester United

We've run our eye over our weekend opponents, Manchester United, ahead of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford... 



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 is the first name on the team-sheet for Mourinho’s side. 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

United head into this game in mixed form, with two defeats in their past three Premier League fixtures following losses against Huddersfield and Newcastle recently. They did beat the Terriers in the FA Cup, however, and followed that up with a goalless draw with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie. Our previous meeting with the Red Devils this season saw us victorious, with an Alvaro Morata header earning us the three points at Stamford Bridge back in November.

One to watch

Alexis Sanchez. The former Arsenal man arrived at Old Trafford in January, in a move that also saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction to the Emirates. The Chilean international is comfortable at playing through the middle or on the left of a front three and his balance and eye for goal makes him a real threat in the final third. As well as United and the Gunners, Sanchez has also turned out for Barcelona in La Liga and Udinese in Serie A. During his time in north London, Sanchez lifted the FA Cup on two separate occasions. 

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.