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Chelsea vs Man United lineups, starting 11 and team news


Manchester United head back to London on Thursday as they face Chelsea in the Premier League.

United’s most recent trip to the English capital saw them dominated by Brentford and lucky to escape with a point from a 1-1 draw at the weekend, despite the fact they took the lead in added time through Mason Mount.

Mount, who left Chelsea in the summer, returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time and could be in with a chance of starting the game.

Chelsea also struggled at the weekend as they were held to a draw against 10-man Burnley.

The Sporting News looks at the latest team news and confirmed lineups for this huge Premier League clash.

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Ben Chilwell did not participate over the weekend after starting both matches for England during the international break, and his availability for this game is unclear. Malo Gusto was forced off with a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s draw with Burnley at the weekend, and will likely miss this game.

Christopher Nkunku and Reece James have been sidelined for most of the season with various injuries, and Maurico Pochettino still doesn’t know when either will be back. Wesley Fofana is out for the year with a torn ACL, while goalkeeper Robert Sanchez is unavailable after losing his starting spot to Djordje Petrovic.

Pochettino has just one fit full-back in Marc Cucurella, meaning he could be forced to move a more versatile midfielder like Connor Gallagher into a wing-back role in a 3-5-2. There’s also the option of moving young Alfie Gilchrist to right-back despite his more natural tendencies in the middle.

Chelsea projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petrovic (GK) — Gilchrist, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella — Caicedo, E. Fernandez — Palmer, Gallagher, Mudryk — Jackson.

Chelsea subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

Man United boss Erik ten Hag was powerless as both starting centre-backs from this weekend’s match, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane, went down injured throughout the course of the Brentford game. With Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw also both struggling for fitness in recent weeks, it’s unclear who will start at the back.

The return of Lisandro Martinez seemed well-timed, but his injury-plagued season continues with a calf injury in training. Casemiro could always drop back if needed in an emergency, or ten Hag could turn to young Willy Kwambala to start in defence.

Tyrell Malacia has returned to training and will be brought back slowly after an ACL tear early in the season.

Man United projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Onana (GK) — Dalot, Maguire, Kwambala, Wan-Bissaka — Mainoo, Casemiro — Garnacho, B. Fernandes, Rashford — Hojlund.

Man United subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

USA: This game is available on the NBC USA Network with streaming options on Fubo. Spanish language options are on Universo and Telemundo.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live-streaming exclusively via Fubo.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on-demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This game is available via live broadcast on TNT Sports with streaming options on discovery+.

India: Premier League action is available to stream in India via JioTV and Hotstar. 

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