Man Utd vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, plus team and injury news as midfielder expected to return

Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in Premier League action on Thursday evening.
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Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Thursday evening.

Ralf Rangnick’s side have been in poor form, losing their last two league games, while only having one win in their last five.

The match, which kicks-off at 7.45pm, will see the Red Devils try and push for a top four finish in their last four fixtures.

As for Chelsea, they come into the game off the back of a 1-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday. Christian Pulisic netted in the 90th minute to give the Blues all three points.

A 4-3-3 set up has been favoured to help utilise SanchoA 4-3-3 set up has been favoured to help utilise Sancho
A 4-3-3 set up has been favoured to help utilise Sancho

The teams are three places apart in the table, with United sixth in the league, while Thomas Tuchel’s side sit third.

Thursday will see the 60th Premier League meeting between the Red Devils and the Blues in the Premier League, with Chelsea having 18 wins so far, while United have 17 victories and honours have been even on 24 occasions.

The last time the two clubs met was in November at Stamford Bridge when the game finished 1-1 - the third draw in a row in this fixture.

What’s the latest team news?

There were several changes made to the Red Devils’ starting XI against Arsenal with Raphael Varane, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo replacing Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.

Fred is amongst four United players who were unavailable for the clash against the Gunners on Saturday, with Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Pogba also absent.

Harry Maguire has struggled for form in recent week. Credit: Getty.Harry Maguire has struggled for form in recent week. Credit: Getty.
Harry Maguire has struggled for form in recent week. Credit: Getty.

Rangnick has confirmed both Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho will join the list of absentees for Thursday’s game with Chelsea, brining the Red Devils injury list to six.

“Fred is unfortunately not yet available,” the 63-year-old said in his pre-match press conference.

“He tried to train yesterday but after training I had a long conversation with him and he just told me that he doesn’t feel fully fit, he’s not at 100 per cent, and with a player like Fred who’s always committed to give his very best, I don’t think it makes sense, with the muscular injury that he had, to play him too early, because that would mean we take the risk of a re-injury and this is something that I don’t want to do. So he won’t be available unfortunately tomorrow.

“And apart from that we have Harry Maguire who is not available. He has some issues with his knee, not a big thing – some niggle in his knee. He hasn’t been training, neither yesterday or today.

“Paul obviously, Fred, Edinson, Luke Shaw and Jadon – Jadon is ill, he has tonsillitis since yesterday, couldn’t train today and will also be not available tomorrow.”

As for Tuchel’s side, the German is expected to be without Andreas Christensen. The centre-back sustained an injury in their warm-up against West Ham on Sunday, while Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger were also absent.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell will definitely miss the fixture due to long-term injuries.

Is the match on TV?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage of the game starting at 7pm.

Alternatively, Sky customers can live stream the fixture via the Sky Go app or Sky Sports app.

How can I watch highlights?

Sky Sports will put highlights of the match on their YouTube channel, while both United and Chelsea will also have the best bits of the game on their websites a few hours after the match.

Plus follow ManchesterWorld for all the action live from Old Trafford, with player ratings on the final whistle.

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