Chelsea v Manchester United LIVE
Manchester United will move to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League with a victory tonight.
United go into the game positioned ninth in the standings but will rise to seventh if they avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Odion Ighalo could debut off the bench in London, while Bruno Fernandes is expected to make his second start after making his Old Trafford bow in the 0-0 draw against Wolves at the start of the month.
In terms of team news, Marcus Rashford (back), Paul Pogba (ankle) and Scott McTominay (knee) remain unavailable for selection. Axel Tuanzebe is highly likely to also miss out.
Nemanja Matic missed United's draw with Wolves through suspension but is available to feature against his former club and will likely start in a midfield three with Fernandes and Fred.
For Chelsea, Tammy Abraham will undergo a late fitness test and Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also injured.Follow the match in our live blog below.
Pressure on after Arsenal and Tottenham wins
Big wins for Arsenal and Tottenham over the weekend amplified the pressure on United ahead of tonight's game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might not admit it but nothing other than a win will do if United are to keep their top-four hopes alive.
Having already beaten Frank Lampard's side twice this season, it wouldn't be a surprise if United did get the result they need at Stamford Bridge.
Mind you, even if they do win, you wouldn't necessarily back them to keep such momentum going given how inconsistent they have been all season.
A clash of the erratic teams
Presenters and cameramen are already pitchside at Stamford Bridge and the pubs around the ground are getting busier.
United's top four chances seemed to be over with the defeat to Burnley (and still might be), for if they do win tonight they have shown previously this season they do not have the mentality to kick on. A third victory and first double since 1987-88 against Chelsea would understandably be viewed as another false dawn.
For Chelsea, beat United and they've killed off a top four competitor once and for all. But this is a clash of the erratic teams and, like with every United game, you wouldn't be surprised if they win, lose or draw.
Lovely evening for some football
Our writers have arrived at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Who's out tonight?
United received an injury boost over the international break with Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all training together in Marbella.
Paul Pogba, as we've seen, is working separately to build up his fitness.
But Solskjaer says none of those four players are available to face Chelsea tonight and Marcus Rashford remains out.
"Don't think we'll get anyone back for the Chelsea game ready. Scotty, Axel, Tim, they didn't join too much so are not ready to play in that game. And Paul is not ready, of course."
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Pogba's latest injury update
Update: he's still running.
These Instagram uploads are getting a bit samey, Paul.
Could Ighalo make his debut?
This is what Solskjaer said about Odion Ighalo's inclusion tonight:
"I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday. He'll be involved with us and he'll travel down with us. Now he's out of that two-week period - a precaution we made. He'll travel with us and let's see if he's involved or not.
"We've kept in touch with him and, of course, we've done our own programme, he's done his. And it was always going to be a case of him having to integrate to the group, anyway, having been out in China, and he needs to get used to the players and the team and up to speed as quick as he can.
"But he's been working really hard, I think he's probably pinching himself at times, because he's now at his favourite club at the age of 30. But he's earned that one and hopefully he'll impress us so we can see him play."
Two teams out of form
It seems like nobody wants fourth place this season, but it's Chelsea who occupy the final (for now) Champions League spot.
United are hoping to close the gap on the top four, but they are badly out of form since the turn of the year, taking just four points from 15 available in the Premier League so far in 2020 - only Crystal Palace (3) have earned fewer.
United have also failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games, including each of the last three in a row, and have lost each of their last three Premier League games in London, each time by a 0-2 scoreline
However, United haven't lost four consecutive league games in the capital since a run of five between April 1973-January 1974.
And Chelsea are hardly in form either, as they are winless in three Premier League games.
Chelsea defender warns Man United ahead of Premier League fixture
Antonio Rudiger insists Chelsea are ready to face Manchester United on Monday and will not be suffering from ring-rust as a result of their recent winter break.
Both Chelsea and United have had two weeks off but Rudiger says his teammates are prepared to take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.
Chelsea will move nine points clear of United with a win and strengthen their top-four hopes in the process. Rudiger, though, is simply looking for his side to continue their momentum after two weeks off.
Read the full story here.
"The winter break in February is a bit weird I would say, but at the end of the day it is good maybe to not see every time the same faces," he told Chelsea's website.
Head to head
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League home games against Manchester United (W10 D6), and are unbeaten in their last six since a 2-3 loss in October 2012.
However, United are unbeaten in five meetings against Chelsea and are looking to secure their first league double over the Blues since the 1987-88 campaign. They can also become the first team to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge twice in one season since Liverpool in 2011/12 following the Carabao Cup win before Christmas.
Solskjaer sets United 11-game challenge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already looking forward to a potentially vital time in Manchester United's season if they can overcome Chelsea and Club Brugge.
United will be fighting on three fronts - with 11 games in a six-week period - if they stay in the hunt for a top four place after tonight's clash with Chelsea, and progress to the Europa League last 16. They are still in the FA Cup too and face Derby in the fifth round.
Solskjaer's squad have enjoyed a rest period of more than two weeks as the Premier League paused for its first ever winter break. But the fixtures could soon start to pile up, with United facing Chelsea, Club Brugge and Watford inside the next week.
If they can beat Brugge over two legs United will have another double-legged tie, scheduled for March 12th and 19th, giving them 11 games before the end of March.Read what Solskjaer had to say here.
United players to wear black armbands
Manchester United have announced that their players will wear black armbands for their Premier League game against Chelsea as a tribute to legend Harry Gregg.
The former goalkeeper passed away at the age of 87 surrounded by his family in Coleraine. Gregg made 247 appearances for United and was an integral part of Sir Matt Busby's rebuild after the Munich Air Disaster.Read the full story here.
Hello and welcome to our live match blog.
Stay tuned for all the build-up to this evening's huge game between United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Kick-off is at 8pm.
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