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5 things to look forward to when Manchester United take on Chelsea

Aravind Ashok
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7.61K   //    24 Feb 2018, 13:18 IST

Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League
Alvaro Morata scored the winner when these two sides last met

Old Trafford is the place to be on Sunday as Manchester United take on Chelsea in what may prove to be a 6-pointer in the race for the Champions League places. For Chelsea, this is first of two successive away Premier League games in Manchester and the one which they have a more realistic chance taking some points from.

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The last time they met this season - at Stamford Bridge - ended up in a 1-0 to the home side thanks to a header from Alvaro Morata. Both of them will be looking for a big result after draws against Spanish sides in the Champions League midweek, although Chelsea will be arguably the buoyant side having held the mighty Barcelona to a draw.

The biggest benefactors of this tie, however, will likely be Liverpool and Spurs with at least one of their competitors sure to drop points.

There is history of course between both the clubs with Jose Mourinho, Juan Mata, as well as Nemanja Matic all having been previously employed by Chelsea. Chelsea have an added incentive to win in order to do the double over United for the first time since 2009-10.

There is always something to look forward to when these two giants of the English game meet.


#5 Can Lukaku score against a top side?

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Lukaku has a poor record against the top six

Much has been made of Romelu Lukaku's debut season for Manchester United. It has certainly not been a bad season for him having already had a return of 21 goals in all competitions, but much more was expected of him. Inconsistency has been his main issue. After a blazing start to his United career, the goals seem to have dried up.

What he has been consistent in, though, is failing to score against the big sides in the Premier League. He has four shots on target and zero goals in six matches against the other top-six sides.

That is a run that needs to end as soon as possible, both for United as well as his own confidence. He, of course, hasn't been helped by United's tendency to sit back against these sides, leaving him isolated at the top.

The match against Chelsea, one of his former clubs, will be a perfect time to break this run and show the world that he is not just a flat-track bully.

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