Chelsea host Manchester United this Sunday in what is the pick of the weekend’s Premier League action.
The Blues are in terrific form going into the clash at Stamford Bridge, having won six of their last eight matches since Thomas Tuchel was appointed.
The German has certainly produced a’new manager bounce’ and perhaps most impressive is the improvement of the defence, with just TWO goals conceded since he took over last month.
Only Jose Mourinho (1) conceded fewer goals after eight games in charge of at Stamford Bridge.
On Tuesday, Tuchel secured his biggest win yet as he outwitted Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in an impressive 1-0 victory to put his side in control of their last-16 tie.
However, Chelsea come up against a United side who have improved hugely under Solskjaer.
Spearheaded by the infallible Bruno Fernandes, the Red Devils are winning games and winning them ugly to move them into second in the top-flight standings.
Recent history also suggests that the visitors have a great chance at Stamford Bridge as Solskjaer’s men have triumphed in their last three outings in west London.
It promises to be an exciting match but what is the team news and how could both sides line-up? talkSPORT.com takes a look…
Chelsea team news
Tuchel confirmed that the Blues will remain without centre-back Thiago Silva for the visit of Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Brazilian has not featured for the Blues since he sustained a thigh injury during the 1-0 win at Tottenham on February 4.
“No more injury concerns and no Thiago cannot play on Sunday,” the Chelsea manager said.
“He did an individual session today, on the pitch, and it was a big step ahead forward and progress for him so I hope he can join the group next week.”
Ben Chilwell could come back in for Marcos Alonso at left-wing back as Tuchel looks to nullify the pace of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Jorginho could also be given a rest with N’Golo Kante taking his place, while Kai Havertz could make his first start after returning from injury in place of Mason Mount, who needs a rest.
Man United team news
Solskjaer hopes Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek and Scott McTominay can return from injury this weekend, but Paul Pogba, Hannibal Mejbri and Phil Jones are out.
Daniel James will be assessed after limping out of Thursday’s Europa League draw with Real Sociedad, which Juan Mata missed with an unspecified issue that is set to keep him out of the first half of March.
Solskjaer said: “Juan unfortunately will be out for a couple of weeks so he missed tonight, yeah.”
Cavani will likely come in for Anthony Martial, while Mason Greenwood could take up his favoured spot on the right flank.