4-3-3: Predicted Man United XI vs Chelsea – James, Williams & Bailly all start

4-3-3: Predicted Man United XI vs Chelsea – James, Williams & Bailly all start
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Manchester United Football Club are just one game away from an FA Cup final. Only Frank Lampard’s Blues stand in their way. Ahead of the big match, it’s time for our predicted Man United XI vs Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have met Chelsea three times this season, they’ve won all three. The Old Trafford club have every chance at making it four tomorrow with the form they’re in.

The Red Devils haven’t lost since football returned post-lockdown, though the last couple of fixtures haven’t been quite as convincing. You’d imagine the tiredness is starting to set in due to a largely unchanged team, which could be a factor.

I’d also like to point out that United have been unfortunate in terms of scheduling. Chelsea comes into this one with an extra 48-hours of rest. That could well be a factor.

With that in mind, I’m expecting to see a few changes. One of them has been forced due to injury, but Solskjaer will be looking to keep one or two players fresh ahead of two huge Premier League games.

Anyway, let’s get right into our likely line-up…

Take a look at our predicted Man United XI vs Chelsea in full here:

It would be easy to bring Sergio Romero into the XI, but I reckon Solskjaer will stick with his number one here,

Brandon Williams, complete with black eye, will start at left-back in the injury absence of Luke Shaw. Credit where it’s due, Timothy Fosu-Mensah did a stellar job out there against Palace, though I’d like to see a natural in the position for this one. Aaron Wan-Bissaka plays over on the right.

Captain Harry Maguire will be in the team from the get-go. Picking his partner was pretty tough, mind. I’ve gone for Eric Bailly ahead of Victor Lindelof, just to freshen things up somewhat.

Nemanja Matic has been pivotal recently and he’ll be feeling pretty fit after starting on the bench last time out. Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes is a midfield combination that’s flourishing right now. They both simply have to start here.

Anthony Martial is in the form of his life and we’ll need another masterclass from him here. Marcus Rashford plays on the left. Over on the right, I’ve gone for Daniel James. This is the sort of game in which he’ll be allowed space to stretch the play, particularly on the counter. Couple that with a Mason Greenwood who looked like he needed a rest…

Again, there’s ample firepower to call upon from the substitutes bench if required. Hopefully, Solskjaer won’t need it!

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