Tomorrow, Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge for the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup. Since the 2010/11 season, Chelsea and Man United have faced 19 times. Chelsea has won seven times, Man United have won six times, and both teams have drawn six times.
In their last five matches, Chelsea has won four games and drew one. Conte’s team have only lost one game in 2017 against Tottenham (0-2) on the 4th of January. Conte and his men have been playing excellent football all season and they keep demonstrating why they are in first place in the EPL. Chelsea has not lost a single game against Manchester United since 2012. The Blues have won six and drew five.
In their last five matches, Manchester United has won three games and drew two games. After winning the EFL Cup, Manchester United has been having a difficult time. The Manchester club drew at Old Trafford against 14th place AFC Bournemouth. The Red Devils then visited FC Rostov for the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16. Mourinho and his men were not able to win in Russia after a (1-1) tie. The last time Mourinho reached an FA Cup semi-final was in 2007 when he would go on to beat Manchester United, now Mourinho’s current club.
The last time these two teams faced each other was in October. Manchester united visited Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea in the ninth fixture of the EPL. Chelsea completely battered United with a (4-0) win. The first goal was in the first thirty seconds of the game after United’s defense was caught by surprise by Pedro Rodriguez. In the 21st minute, Gary Cahill scored the second goal in a corner kick play to give Chelsea a (2-0) lead. Eden Hazard would then score the third goal of the match in the 62nd minute and N’Golo Kante would score eight minutes later to seal the match. The Blues thrashed the Red Devils, making Jose Mourinho apologize to the fans for such a terrible performance.
It has been a long time since United’s embarrassing defeat at Stamford Bridge. Now, United has adapted to Mourinho’s style and have been competing for trophies. Their last two games have been quite disappointing, even the EFL Cup final was not their best performance. However, they still get points. Mourinho needs to improve on his team’s offense.
Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, and Rashford will not play against Chelsea tomorrow. The three United players did not travel with the team to London due to distinct reasons. Rooney seems to be injured, Rashford is ill, and Martial reason for not joining the squad is unknown. This is a big problem for United. Not only they will not have these attacking players, but Zlatan will not be able to play as well. Ibrahimovic is suspended and Mourinho does not have a fit striker to play with tomorrow against Chelsea. Mourinho will have to adjust the formation with the players he sees are fit and able to take on the EPL leaders.
Chelsea FC is having an amazing season, and it won’t be a shocker if they win more than just the Premier League. However, Manchester United might be able to surprise their opponents. Tomorrow, the two legendary English clubs battle it out for a spot in the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup.