Manchester United will be looking to arrest a two-game losing run in the Premier League when they visit Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea tomorrow afternoon (4.30pm kick off).
United, who are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager until the end of the season, will be hoping they can build on their 2-0 triumph over Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The trip to Stamford Bridge will be United’s first Premier League match of the post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era and likely to be the latest for Michael Carrick.
With Rangnick waiting in the wings to come in, United’s players will, undoubtedly, be looking to put on a show for their soon-to-be new boss, with the German poised to be in charge against Arsenal on Thursday night at Old Trafford.
Carrick, who is currently in caretaker charge, will be hoping he can sign-off with a famous and largely unexpected victory.
It promises to be a stern test for United and one that will require a much better performance than the ones they have produced against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford in recent weeks.
But how do the pundits think United will get on against Thomas Tuchel’s side?
Dimitar Berbatov – Metro
“Because I used to play for the team, it’s difficult to go against them, but it’s been a very tough week for United and it’s a big ask going to Stamford Bridge off the back of what has happened,” Berbatov told the Metro.
“Chelsea have been unbelievable in the last couple of weeks in both Premier League and in that record-breaking win over Juventus in the Champions League this week. They are on a great winning streak and in great form so I have to go with Chelsea.”
Prediction : Chelsea 2-1 United.
Paul Merson – Sportskeeda
“I can’t see anything but a Chelsea win here,” Merson told Sportskeeda. “They’ll squeeze and dominate the game, and they’ll probably have about 70 per cent of the ball.
“Manchester United will set up with Ronaldo up front, and he’s not running away from anybody.
“I’ve seen Manchester United come to Stamford Bridge and win comfortably last season. They need pace on the wings, and they need a player like [Edinson] Cavani to press Chelsea high up the pitch. As it stands, however, I think Chelsea will break them down comfortably.”
Prediction : Chelsea 3-0 United.
Michael Owen – BetVictor
“Super Sunday sees Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge,” Owen told BetVictor. “Michael Carrick got the desired reaction from his players midweek, although this is a bigger test.
“Chelsea were awesome against Juventus. They’re defensively rock solid, something that you must be if you have aspirations of winning the title.
“I think Carrick will play the likes of [Donny] Van de Beek and Sancho again here, but Chelsea, for me, are just too strong. I’m siding with the Blues to take all three points.”
Prediction : Chelsea 3-1 United.