Monday evening, with Chelsea against Manchester United, a very nice poster is on the program in the Premier League. The difference between these two teams in the rankings is six points in favor of Chelsea, so Manchester United must take three points if it wants to make another shot at a Champions League ticket.
For Chelsea, Champions League qualification is still a realistic goal. The Blues are currently competing with Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur for that coveted Champions League ticket. For that, Chelsea – unless Manchester City is actually excluded from Champions League football for two seasons – must finish in fourth place. The Blues is currently in fourth place with 41 points after 25 games and I think Chelsea is also the biggest candidate to grab the last Champions League ticket.
At Chelsea they have used the last sixteen days to briefly recover from the past months. More than two weeks ago, The Blues took their last action: when they visited Leicester City, Chelsea had to settle for a 2-2 tie. Defender Antonio Rüdiger strikingly scored both goals on behalf of The Blues, giving Chelsea an important point. At Chelsea, they don’t have very good memories of the last encounters with Manchester United, because of the last five, The Blues couldn’t win one.
For Manchester United only the win counts on Monday evening. The Red Devils are five points behind Chelsea. The backlog seems small, but given the strength of the Premier League, Manchester United will not be able to make up for the backlog of Londoners. Moreover, with Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, there are even more hijackers on the coast who want to give a shot to the current fourth place.
It is an important week for Manchester United. On Monday-evening, Chelsea-uit is on the program for the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Coming Thursday, Man United will play the away game at Club Brugge in the Europa League and Watford will be guest at Old Trafford next Sunday. Manchester United has to take at least three points on Stamford Bridge on Monday evening if they want to keep an eye on a ranking in the top 4 of the Premier League. Just before the closing of the winter transfer market Odion Ighalo, Manchester United rented from the Chinese Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on a rental basis. He was missing during the training camp of Manchester United in Spain, because The Red Devils were afraid that Ighalo would not enter England again when the training camp returned due to stricter controls on the corona virus. Against Chelsea, Ighalo is even expected in the base team of Solskjær, also because Marcus Rashford is on the sidelines with an injury in the coming months.