Manchester United vs Chelsea: The Ones to Watch

Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night.

United head into the game in incredibly poor form after losing their last two league games to Liverpool 4-0 and Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday. These results have all but killed the Red Devils hopes of finishing in the top 4 and gaining a coveted Champions League place for next season.

Chelsea’s form is a bit indifferent, losing to Arsenal 2-4 at Stamford Bridge but secured the 3 points against West Ham in their most recent game through a 90th minute winner by Christian Pulisic. Even with this slight blip in recent form, Chelsea are sitting relatively comfortably in 3rd.

Who should you keep an eye on for 90 minutes on Thursday evening? Here are our players to watch in the fixture.

Ones to watch (Man Utd)

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At the risk of sounding like an obvious, broken record, Cristiano Ronaldo is the player I have picked for United as he seems to be the only one with any threat to his opposition’s goal.

The Portuguese G.O.A.T. entered the illustrious Premier League 100 Club on Saturday, after scoring United’s only goal of the match.

Ronaldo’s 100th goal in the Premier League came 18 years and 173 days after his first goal for Manchester United in 2003 against Portsmouth, showing the longevity of the 37 year old.

This was his 16th goal in the league so far this season, yet he has still somehow been branded the “problem” at United by a significant portion of fans and pundits alike.

Ones to watch (Chelsea)

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Now this choice might raise a few eyebrows but a player that is capable of causing serious issues for United is Timo Werner.

The German striker has had a recent good run of form, scoring 3 goals in his last 3 games. Prior to this goal scoring streak, Werner was unable to buy a goal, scoring only once in 14 Premier League appearances.

Although he is called offside more times than preferred by Thomas Tuchel, Werner’s pace creates many chances and opportunities for both himself and his teammates and he constantly runs in behind which could cause headaches for United’s defence who are low on confidence after shipping 7 in their last two games.

Should he start, Diogo Dalot could easily be targeted by Chelsea’s attack with Werner, as in recent weeks the Portugese fullback has struggled marking runs in behind and this could lead to a very busy night for David de Gea in the Manchester United goal.

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