The madness of the transfer window is behind us and supporters can finally relish actual football being played on the field. Premier League action resumes with a delightful clash as Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
This fixture has been a highly anticipated one and over the years the clash of these two giants hasn’t failed to impress. Both teams have had windows that were described as underwhelming, despite United actually having the luxury of spending their cash. Both sides suffered immensely in their Premier League standings last season and will be eyeing the top prize this time around.
Let us have a look at how they could lineup on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experimented with a lot of new tactics and youth players during the pre-season tour. In his pre-game press-conference, the gaffer didn’t go much into injuries, largely due to being bombarded with questions about the transfer window.
We are, however, aware that Eric Bailly will be a long-term absentee after picking up an injury and that Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were nursing knocks of their own.
All three new signings ought to make the cut as well. Anthony Martial may reprise the no.9 role after an impressive showing against Tottenham. The biggest question for the game is whether Mason Greenwood will be awarded a start for his heroics during the tour.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: McTominay, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Rashford, Martial, James
Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now clash as managers instead of players of their illustrious outfits. The Blues have the relatively long-term injury concerns of Anthony Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marco Van Ginkel, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to fret about.
It is expected that Lampard will trust the youth players in his team to make an impact this season and is likely to repeat the formulae he tried during their pre-season tour at Old Trafford as well.
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson
Midifelders: Jorginho, Kovacic
Forwards: Pedro, Kante, Pulisic; Abraham