José Mourinho returns to his old home field, and will once again use a defensive approach… right?
If you expect amazing matches when José Mourinho is facing a top 6 team, you haven’t lived long. We’ve seen it time, and time again. The Portuguese is terrified of attacking powerful opponents. We saw it last weekend against Tottenham, and we’ve seen it several times against Liverpool. And last, but not least: We seen it numerous times between Chelsea and Manchester United. Back in 2013, Mourinho apparently was afraid of the attacking football of David Moyes. 0-0.
Chelsea vs Man United
Stamford Bridge – Sun 05 Nov, 17:30 CEST
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Chelsea last five: WLLWW
Man United last five: WWDLW
Cahill – Luiz – Rüdiger
Azpi – Fabregas – Bakayoko – Alonso
Willian – Hazard
| De Gea
Jones – Smalling – Bailly
Valencia – Matic – Herrera – Young
Rashford – Lukaku
I don’t see why Mourinho will change a lot from his starting eleven versus Tottenham, but Antonio Conte might think of putting a more defensive team on the pitch than vs Bournemouth. The 0-3 loss to Roma should be a wake up call for Chelsea. They really need Kanté back, but he’s probably not ready yet.
You might say United were lucky getting all three points from Tottenham last week, even though I believe the Red Devils was the best team. The lucky part was Harry Kane being out. The home team actually played good attacking football at times too. Don’t expect that to happen on Stamford Bridge.
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If we’ve learned anything from Mourinho’s time in the Premier League, we know he’ll defend, defend … and defend some more when his team plays away. Will he, or can he, chose to surprise Antonio Conte? I doubt it.
Chelsea has only lost one of their 15 last home matches against Manchester United. Actually, no team has scored more goals against United in the Premier League than Chelsea (66). The number one task for Mourinho is to not give them number 67. If so, they can once again snag three points within the last ten minutes.
But, Eden Hazard is starting to heat up, Morata is back, Willian/Pedro is speedy options that will constantly challenge the United defense. I think they will score, maybe from an Azpilicueta cross to Morata – but a desperate last minute attack will save the draw for United.
Chelsea 1 – 1 Man United
Goal: Morata, Lukaku
WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS WRITER AND VALUELIVE SHOW HOST
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