CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED – MATCH PREVIEW
The best game of the 5th round of the FA cup has been saved for the last as holders Chelsea play host to last year’s finalist Manchester United at the bridge on Monday night and with replays no longer a part at this phase of the competition, it means that there has to be a winner at Stamford Bridge.
Both clubs have already played out a 2-2 draw back in October last year, one that saw Chelsea equalize at the dying seconds of the game through Ross Barkley.
A win for either will be a huge confidence boost going into the final third of the season as both teams are firmly in the race for finishing 4th in the Premier League.
Talking of confidence, holders Chelsea will have at least found one on Thursday night when they earned a win in the Europa League round of 32, one that was very much needed after their recent 6-0 humiliation at the hands of premier league champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The F.A. cup seems like the only realist chance Manchester United has at winning any silverware this season.
The Premier League is too far from from them irrespective of their recent resurgence under interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer. Manchester United also face the daunting task of overturning a 2 goal deficit suffered at the hands of French giants PSG in the UEFA Champions League.
The 11time winners may also have some absentees for Monday night’s trip after both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial suffered injuries against PSG and may miss the trip to the capital. Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata are to start in their place.
Expect both managers to go all out and start with their strongest squad available on the night.
It was a draw in the league and it could well be a draw after 90 minutes.