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How Manchester United could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit Manchester United could line up for Saturday's trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho will make his latest return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime when his Manchester United side face an in-form Chelsea team in the capital.

The Red Devils produced a rousing comeback from two goals down against Newcastle United before the international break, ending a four-match winless streak across all competitions.

However, they remain seven points off the pace already and will be underdogs for the journey to Chelsea, who are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit United could line up against their fellow top-four hopefuls.



Possible MNU XI vs. CHE

Out: Jesse Lingard (groin)
Doubtful: Marcos Rojo (knock), Ander Herrera (knock), Luke Shaw (ankle), Nemanja Matic (ankle), Scott McTominay (knee), Marouane Fellaini (groin)

United could be without as many as seven first-team players this weekend, while Alexis Sanchez - the match-winner against Newcastle last time out - played the full 90 minutes for Chile on Wednesday night and returned late from the international break as a result.

Sanchez may once again be forced to settle for a place on the bench, then, with Mourinho likely to keep faith with Marcus Rashford following his impressive performance for England against Spain.

Juan Mata was a 19th-minute sub for United against Newcastle and helped to turn the game in their favour, which may earn him a start at his old employers ahead of Anthony Martial, with Jesse Lingard still injured.

Lukaku will also lead the line against his former club having rediscovered his scoring touch during the international break, but there could be changes in midfield with McTominay, Matic and Herrera all expected to miss the game.

United's turnaround against Newcastle came after Mourinho switched to a back three of Matic, Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling, and he could look to experiment again this weekend, although he is expected to match up against Chelsea's 4-3-3 system.

Fellaini is the most likely of the doubtful players to recover in time, while Fred could also come into midfield for his first league start in almost a month.

Matic and Shaw both withdrew from their respective international squads due to injury and face a race against time to prove their fitness, while captain Antonio Valencia is also in the running to return to the side.

Much will be made of the centre-back partnership too; Eric Bailly was hooked after just 19 minutes against Newcastle and Victor Lindelof was left on the bench throughout, despite Mourinho reverting to two unrecognised centre-backs instead.

> Click here to see how Chelsea could line up for this fixture

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2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
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13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
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