FA Cup 5th Round Preview - Chelsea v Man Utd
Chelsea have no new injuries but Sarri is under increasing pressure to deliver positive results. A positive result will buy him some time to reach another final in his first season. The bridge will be rocking for the fifth round of the FA Cup, to welcome Man Utd interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Eden Hazard will be important for both sides, if he is full flow it will be difficult to see United getting a result at the bridge. The signing of Higuaín I feel is quite significant, it allows Sarri to play the type of football he wants but allows Hazard not to play up top as a lone striker.
If United can stop Jorginho keep the pace of the game ticking along with his passing, it has been noted that Chelsea struggle. Kante will be vital to stop his compatriot, Paul Pogba, who has been in flying form since OLG arrived.
United will arrive to the Bridge with two fresh injuries, Lingard & Martial, which will be vital to how United setup. The pace of the attack will be slower; however, at a smaller pitch than Old Trafford it may not be too much of an issue. Although, the players who will take up their roles, such as Sanchez & Mata have not performed this season and that will be a worry.
If United can release Pogba to play his best football & Rashford is clinical, they will have a chance to put this game to bed against a ropey Chelsea defence.
In all competitions, Manchester United have won just two of their last 22 away games against Chelsea (D7 L13), failing to win any of their last nine.
This is why I’m going with Chelsea to nick the win, 2-1