3 Key Battles That Could Decide Man Utd’s Clash With Chelsea on Sunday

Man Utd welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday in a potentially pivotal clash between two top-four hopefuls. With the Blues able to go level on points with their hosts with a win, it promises to be a cagey affair, with neither side wanting to lose.

Jose Mourinho only has one win from his four meetings with Antonio Conte, a 2-0 win in this fixture last season, with the Italian winning all three outings at Stamford Bridge since their appointments in the summer of 2016.

Here are three key battles that could decide the big match on Sunday:

3. Romelu Lukaku vs Andreas Christensen

After failing to score against a top-six side this season, Romelu Lukaku will be looking to shake off his flat-track bully reputation against his former club on Sunday. The Belgian has 21 goals this season in a solid first term with the Red Devils.

Andreas Christensen will be tasked with stopping him, looking to rebound after a horror mistake that gave away Barcelona’s equaliser on Tuesday night. The Dane will be in a physical battle in Manchester.

2. Eden Hazard vs Antonio Valencia

After playing well in a more central role against Barcelona on Tuesday, Eden Hazard will return to his natural role on the left at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia will need every bit of his experience to contain the Belgian, who is in sensational form of late and holds the key to a Chelsea victory. United’s captain will have to be careful not to fall victim to Hazard’s trickery, or it could be a long afternoon for the Ecuadorian.

1. David de Gea vs Everyone

After yet another man-of-the-match performance in Sevilla on Tuesday, making eight saves to keep the home side at bay, David de Gea cemented his reputation as the best goalkeeper in the world.

For the past two seasons or so, the United keeper has single-handedly dragged them through seasons, earning countless vital points. The Spaniard will be tasked with keeping out Hazard, Morata and co, and the Chelsea attack will have a hard time breaching his net if they want to win on Sunday.

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