Manchester United vs Chelsea – Pre-match briefing

Manchester United-vs-Chelsea-pre-match

Manchester United host Chelsea on Saturday as both teams have struggled to perform well in the Premier League this season. While Chelsea blew a 2 goal lead against Southampton in their last game, Manchester United returned to winning ways against Newcastle after being thumped by Spurs on Matchday 4. Manchester United, who won this fixture on the opening day of the last season would be hoping for a similar result this time around.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Manchester United manager emphasised its important for them to continue their winning run after their mid-week result against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. He added, “Of course, it’s very important, players if you lose games you’re determined to win, to bounce back I saw that focus at Newcastle and after you beat PSG gives you more belief and confidence. Two very good performances and results but now it’s the next game and that’s what we’re focused on. Chelsea’s start is like many of us, some very good games, some lesser performances, football is just settling now and teams are just getting into their shape. We know it’s gonna be a tough game against Chelsea, we had maybe four or five games against them last year, two teams that know each other really well

Replying to question on limited chances for Donny van de Beek, Solskjaer replied, “Donny’s fit enough but of course it’s competition for places, it’s giving him time to settle in and adjust to his new teammates, it’s a new league. He’s an absolutely top footballer and personality, so humble and hard-working but also, of course, eager to play more. You’ll see him throughout the season, it’s going to be a long, long season and he’s impressed me. You’ll see him.”

Solskjaer dismissed recent reports on Mason Greenwood and praised him for his attitude and hard work. He informed Cavani, Maguire and Greenwood are available for the game, stating “I hope and expect all three of them to be available for selection. Of course we’ve got a training session this morning which is the last chance of preparation, but they’ve all got a chance, all of them. Edinson needs to tick all the boxes that he’s gone through in his programme to be ready and make an impact. I’ll have a discussion with him today, as well as with Mason and Harry.”

Finally, the Manchester United manager had praised Tuanzebe for this stellar performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, stating “It was a great performance by a kid who’s not played for 10 months, delighted for him, such a professional character, he wants everything, he works really hard, been really really thorough in rehab. I’m very pleased for him. Now it’s about getting consistency in his performances, he’s got to stay injury-free but I think he can kick on, he’s a leader, can play right-back, centre-back, midfield, he’s a boy who takes responsibility for his own development and he’s doing everything he can have to have a long career at United and get that consistency.”

Frank Lampard

Lampard provided an update on Chelsea’s injury concerns stating, “Thiago Silva and Pulisic are both fine, we have a pretty clean bill of health other than Kepa who has a shoulder issue and won’t travel to Manchester. The only other player out is Billy Gilmour. Cech is not coming, no.”

Lampard has urged his players to grow as leaders in the group, and to push each other. He stated, “I want them to grow as leaders in the group. There are tough times and you want them to push each other. You need to have character. Hakim has a confidence about him. I encourage personality within the group.”

The Chelsea manager added, “Man United are a very good team and we have played them enough last season to know that. It certainly does feel like a big game. They are a quality team, they went to Paris and got a fantastic result. It’s an opportunity to get some hard-earned points. It’s too early to assume anything. It’s early. The games of teams around you will always be big. There are games where you have to grind out.”

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