Manchester United vs Chelsea LIVE! Rashford on bench – Premier League match stream, team news, lineups today3 min read
Champions League football will officially return to Old Trafford next season if Man United can avoid defeat against Chelsea tonight. With Frank Lampard’s Blues victorious in only one of their nine games under the caretaker boss, Red Devils fans may see that as something of a shoo-in.
Erik ten Hag has only named Marcus Rashford on the bench for tonight’s Premier League clash, which comes as a game in hand for both teams after being postponed for the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this year. Not only can United guarantee a top-four finish with a point but all three will send them into third place ahead of the final weekend.
Chelsea are playing for little more than pride yet can retake 11th place off Crystal Palace with a draw in Manchester. Raheem Sterling is absent after being left out of the England squad, with Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke in the XI. Follow Man Utd vs Chelsea LIVE via Standard Sport’s match blog with Nizaar Kinsella providing expert analysis from the ground.
Noni Madueke not taking this game lightly
“First and foremost it’s a Premier League game, we want three points regardless of the situation. Chelsea vs Man United is a historic game.
“To come here and beat them, it’s a bit of a fortress, that would be great for our confidence for sure.
“Like every time I’ve put on a Chelsea shirt I want to show my best self and contribute to the team.”
New face in the Chelsea squad
Teenage defender Alfie Gilchrist gets a spot on the bench tonight alongside Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Benoit Badiashile is the latest player to be hit by injury issues in the Chelsea backline.
A daring line-up from Frank Lampard
Chelsea start with a bold 4-3-3 set-up tonight that has Noni Madueke and Mykhailo Mudryk either side of Kai Havertz up front.
Lewis Hall will operate at left-back and Carney Chukwuemeka comes into the midfield, two players who could have been playing Uruguay at the Under-20 World Cup right now were they not in the Blues first-team.
Joao Felix is fit for the bench with Raheem Sterling absent after injury kept him out of the England squad.
Man United unchanged
Marcus Rashford is only fit for the bench as Jadon Sancho remains in an unchanged starting XI for the Red Devils.
Anthony Martial leads the line with Harry Maguire among the substitutes.
Tonight’s Chelsea team
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, W Fofana, Hall; Enzo, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka; Madueke, Havertz, Mudryk.
Subs: Mendy, Gilchrist, Koulibaly, Silva, Loftus-Cheek, Joao Felix, Pulisic, Ziyech, D. Fofana.
Man United line-up confirmed with Marcus Rashford on the bench
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Martial.
Subs: Butland, Dalot, Maguire, Malacia, Fred, Rashford, Garnacho, McTominay, Weghorst.
Nizaar Kinsella at Old Trafford: Carney Chukwuemeka starts
Carney Chukwuemeka makes his first start since January 15. He has played just 250 senior minutes since joining Chelsea with most of his 13 appearances coming from the bench.
This selection does somewhat justify Frank Lampard’s decision to withdraw him from the England Under-20s World Cup squad.
Chelsea team news rumours
Rumours circulating on social media that both Noni Madueke and Mykhailo Mudryk have made the starting XI for Chelsea.
We’ll find out in just a couple of minutes…
Team news coming up
Perhaps a subtle hint at some Erik ten Hag rotations on the Man United Twitter account?