Confirmed lineups: Chelsea vs Man Utd

Manchester United are back in action for the first time since 1 February following the mini winter break, when we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in under an hour’s time.

Frank Lampard’s side hold a five-point lead over us in the race for Champions League football whilst we hammered them 4-0 at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season.

Victory would only move us up to seventh with how competitive the chasing pack for fourth spot are.

The two teams confirmed for this evening’s match are as follows:

Manchester United

David de Gea; Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Brandon Wiliams; Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; Anthony Martial

Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood, Odion Ighalo

Eric Bailly makes his first start of the season for Manchester United following a lengthy layoff with a knee injury. The Ivorian partners Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in a back three as Victor Lindelof is absent.

Nemanja Matic and Fred continue to be the central midfield partnership, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw either side of them in wingback roles. Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James support Anthony Martial in attack. January loanee Odion Ighalo is among the substitutes.

Chelsea

Willy Caballero; Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Pedro, Michy Batshuayi, Willian

Substitutes: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud

Frank Lampard has made the bold call of sticking with 38-year-old Willy Caballero between the sticks, leaving £70 million goalkeeper Kepa on the bench.

The hosts are going with a back four, including youngster Reece James at right-back. Frank Lampard has named three defenders among the substitutes.

Michy Batshuayi will lead the lines for the Blues with Olivier Giroud only on the bench. The Belgian striker will be flanked by Willian and Pedro.

About Leo Nieboer

Leo is a regular contributor to match day coverage and is still mourning the loss of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. Also a regular contributor to The People’s Person blog.

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