Chelsea are fourth in the standings, three points behind Tottenham Hotspur, a point above Arsenal and three above United. If Chelsea finish outside the top four, they will have to win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.
“We have two very important targets at the end of our season,” Sarri told reporters. “The first is the top four and the second is to get to the final of the Europa League.
“For the first target, this match is more than important for us and for our opponents. So we will try to win, of course, but we need not to lose. It’s a very difficult match for both I think.”
However, Chelsea are yet to win a single point away at a ‘top six’ club this season. They have lost four games, conceding 13 goals and scoring only one, and face a United side hurting from a 2-0 midweek humbling at the hands of Manchester City.
“In the second half of the season we face the big teams away, only Tottenham at home,” Sarri added. “It’s not easy. We have to play against opponents with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby. But we have to try.”
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are looking to get back to finishing the season strongly having now suffered seven defeats in nine.
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuain, Willian.