Bruised Manchester United hosts a misfit Chelsea side, both looking for points to bolster their positions.
The Red Devils are going through a heartbreaking season that is derailed. Successive defeats against Liverpool have decimated hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. They are six points behind Arsenal, having played a game more. There are a few things fans can enjoy in the remaining matches.
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– Manchester United (ManUtd) 25 April 2022
The only silver lining was the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as first team manager. Ralph Rangnick did a mediocre job but the players unfortunately lost their fitness. Therefore, they are now in a battle to qualify for the European League. The form of Cristiano Ronaldo will have a lot to do with where he will end up. On top of that, the shaky backline must start to pull its weight if it wants to avoid further embarrassment.
The blues are in a strange place. They almost cemented their third position after a tough win over West Ham at the weekend. However, the ownership issue remains in limbo. Therefore, they had to lose after the resignation of the main players with Antonio Rudiger, the last to go. Thomas Tuchel has been struggling hard to keep the momentum going against this backdrop of uncertainty.
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– Chelsea (ChelseaFC) 25 April 2022
Chelsea reached the FA Cup Final in what was another knockout competition dream. They started as favorites against Manchester United and their group of scorers certainly justified it. Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount et al can provide targets when necessary. The defense has looked shaky in the past few games, but it could come in really well this time around.
Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba are off season. Fred’s return will be evaluated as the match gets closer.
Possible line: De Gea Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Telles,; McTominay, Matic; Ilanga, Fernandez, Sancho; Ronaldo
Antonio Rudiger and Rhys James had slight jerks that made them miss the last time. Mateo Kovacic is recovering but he will not be fit in time.
Possible line: soggy. Shaluba, Silva, Sar; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; many; Werner, Havertz
Only one man is responsible for United in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Norwich, including his first free kick in many years. These three goals made him reach 21 for this season, and he scored his 100th league goal against Arsenal. Ronaldo’s expert movement inside the box and his ability from anywhere make him a killer proposition.
Chelsea’s defense is not what it used to be. He will feel the absence of Antonio Rudiger. Neither Trevoh Chalobah nor Malang Sarr can be expertly relied upon to stop the great striker. He can overtake them and strike them in air and fire from great distances. If the good show comes, Ronaldo will score.
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It’s hard to guess who plays for Chelsea on any given day. Mason Mount is a solid bet in most matches. The attacking playmaker has 10 goals and nine assists in the Premier League. Mount’s expert ability to cross and deadly pass can unlock the best defenses. United is nowhere near that level. Mount is adept at manipulating space alongside Chelsea runners.
Mason Mount statistically outperforms Frank Lampard in his Premier League debut for Chelsea 👏🔵🏴 pic.twitter.com/qiZMaXNbXA
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He can drift all over the front line and drive the ball fast. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz became more dangerous with Mount providing the service. Furthermore, Tuchel wants to direct attacks through him. Nemanja Matic is not fast while Scott McTominay has a tough season. Low morale for United players will provide opportunities for Mt.
The model book prefers the far side. Chelsea have the potential to beat Manchester United any day of the week. football A 2-0 win is expected for the Blues.