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Manchester United vs Chelsea. Premier League.

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Manchester United 1

  • J Mata (11th minute)

Chelsea 1

  • M Alonso (43rd minute)

Man Utd vs Chelsea preview: Must-win game for both sides in race for top four

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​​​​​​The race for a Champions League spot continues live on Sky Sports on Sunday as Manchester United try to keep their top-four hopes alive with victory over Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side must win to keep alive any realistic hopes of Champions League football next season, while Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea need victory to fend off city rivals Arsenal, who are close behind in the race for fourth.

Neither side can afford to slip up as Solskjaer desperately tries to reverse United's fortunes, and Sarri looks to get his side back into the Champions League.

Race for top four - Remaining fixtures

Date Man Utd fixtures Date Chelsea fixtures
April 28 Chelsea (H) - SSPL April 28 Man Utd (A) - SSPL
May 5 Huddersfield (A) - SSPL May 5 Watford (H) - SSPL
May 12 Cardiff (H) May 12 Leicester City (A)

The situation

Chelsea are fourth in the standings, three points behind Tottenham, a point above Arsenal and three above United. If Chelsea finish outside the top four, they will have to win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.

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Highlights from Manchester City's win over Manchester United in the Premier League

United go into Sunday's clash three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification and with the need for a turnaround in form becoming ever more desperate.

Fifth-placed Arsenal, who face Leicester at the King Power on Sunday, are also in with a shout for the top four. They are two points ahead of Manchester United, but have a superior goal difference to both United and Chelsea. They can also qualify for the Champions League should they win the Europa League.

Top four race: SkyBet odds

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Sarri: United game a 'must win'

Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Slavia Praha at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2019 in London, England. 1:05
Maurizio Sarri has described Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday as ‘more than important’ in the race to finish in the top four this season

Chelsea cannot afford to lose at Manchester United on Sunday, says Chelsea manager Sarri.

However, Chelsea are yet to win a single point away at a 'top six' club this season. They have lost four games, conceding 13 goals and scoring only one, and face a United side hurting from a 2-0 midweek humbling at the hands of Manchester City.

"We have two very important targets at the end of our season," said Sarri. "The first is the top four and the second is to get to the final of the Europa League.

"For the first target, this match is more than important for us and for our opponents. So we will try to win, of course, but we need not to lose. It's a very difficult match for both I think."

Solskjaer: Great challenge ahead

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Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is still ‘a lot of work to be done’ at Manchester United after seven defeats in their last nine matches

Manchester United have not been good enough over the past five seasons, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and face a "great challenge" to compete at the top again.

The end of Solskjaer's honeymoon period has now seen seven defeats from the last nine matches, but he believes the results are a reflection of United's overall level rather than a sudden dip.

Paul Pogba looks dejected with Manchester United 2-0 down at home to Manchester City
Image: Paul Pogba looks dejected with Manchester United 2-0 down at home to Manchester City

"The total points is 70 in average for the last five seasons, we're now on 64, so that's where we're at, that is the reality that we are in now, where we've been in the last five seasons and that's not good enough," he said.

"That's not down to the last six, seven or eight games, that's where we are at the moment and we have a great challenge ahead of us to get us up challenging again."

Manchester United team news

Ander Herrera
Image: Ander Herrera could return for the game against Chelsea

Ander Herrera could return for Manchester United's Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday

The midfielder has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury but is back in training, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed goalkeeper David de Gea will keep his place despite poor recent form.

Midfielder Scott McTominay missed Wednesday's derby defeat after failing a fitness test and is again a doubt along with defender Phil Jones, who hobbled off against Everton last weekend.

Man Utd's provisional squad

De Gea, Romero, Grant, Dalot, Darmian, Bailly, Valencia, Young, Jones, Shaw, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Herrera, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford.

Chelsea team news

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Highlights from Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Burnley in the Premier League

Antonio Rudiger should shake off his knee injury in time for Chelsea's Premier League trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

The Germany defender hobbled out of the Blues' 2-0 league loss at Liverpool but is closing in on full fitness.

N'Golo Kante remains a doubt due to a rib injury suffered in Monday's 2-2 draw with Burnley, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is a long-term absentee after Achilles surgery.

Chelsea's provisional squad

Kepa, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Rudiger, Christensen, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Higuain, Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Barkley, Caballero, Barkley, Kovacic, Giroud, Alonso, Cahill.

Sky Bet match odds

The two sides are dead level to win this one with Sky Bet, both at 13/8 to take all three points.

A draw can be backed at 12/5, while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are the joint-favourites in the first goalscorer market at 9/2.

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  • Manchester United have won their last two Premier League home games against Chelsea - they've not beaten the Blues in three top-flight games in a row at Old Trafford since January 1957 under manager Matt Busby.
  • Chelsea have won more Premier League games against United than any other side have in the competition (18).
  • United have won three of their last six meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), having failed to win any of the previous 12 against them (D5 L7).
  • United have lost three games against London sides in the Premier League this season (vs Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal). They last lost against more different London sides in a single top-flight campaign back in 1989-90 (Arsenal, Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Tottenham).
  • Chelsea have lost their last six Premier League away games against fellow 'big six' sides, including all four this season by an aggregate score of 1-13. Indeed, they're winless in eight such games (D2 L6) since beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.
  • Chelsea haven't gone three Premier League games without a win since September 2016. Following that previous run, the Blues went on a 13-game winning streak in the competition.
  • Anthony Martial scored twice in the reverse fixture against Chelsea this season. The only United players to score home and away Premier League goals against the Blues in the same season are Wayne Rooney in 2011-12 and Eric Cantona in 1992-93.
  • Chelsea's N'Golo Kante has scored nine goals in all competitions in his four seasons in England, with Manchester United the only side he's scored more than once against (2).
  • Gonzalo Higuain's four goals for Chelsea this season have been against teams currently in the bottom six. He's played five games and 323 minutes against the top six sides in all competitions for the Blues, managing just one shot on target in those games.
  • Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 10 of Chelsea's 23 Premier League away league goals this season (5 goals, 5 assists), double that of any other player at the club (Ross Barkley 5).
  • Chelsea's six Premier League wins at Old Trafford have come under six different managers (Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafael Benitez), with five of those victories being the manager's first such game at the ground with the Blues.
Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Image: Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard embrace the last time the two sides met

Paul Merson's prediction

I expect United to win, believe it or not. I think [Marcus] Rashford will be too much for the Chelsea defence. I watch Chelsea, if [Eden] Hazard doesn't turn up it's difficult, or if teams keep him quiet. You've seen teams do it before.

I don't think there's a lot between the teams, [N'Golo] Kante being injured changes things, if he does play then they might have too much energy for United's midfield but otherwise, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be moving out to the left, Jorginho is never going to get you a goal and [Mateo] Kovacic - I can't remember when he last had a shot.

It's just because of Rashford, no other reason, I think he'll have too much for David Luiz and [Andreas] Christensen.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

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