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Chelsea 

Sarri’s only concern is centre- back Antonio Rudiger: he withdrew from the Germany squad with a groin injury during the international break, but will be hopeful of recovering in time.

Manchester United

Luke Shaw and former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic are available: both players missed international duty due to ankle injuries but returned to training this week and travelled with the team to London.

Marouane Fellaini did not feature in Belgium’s friendly against Holland on Tuesday, but Roberto Martinez insists he ‘should be fine’.

Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are all back in training – but only Lingard is in contention to return to action on Saturday.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez

 

Kick Off: 7.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee: Mike Dean

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was crucial in France‘s  2-1 win over Australia in the first game of World Cup group D played earlier today in Kazan.

Giroud came from the bench replacing Antoine Griezmann during the second half and he played the ball with M’Bappe in the action which led to Pogba‘s winning goal.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was included in the starting XI and played the whole match.

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José Mourinho was clearly disappointed after his team lost the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Eden Hazard‘s penalty was decisive to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge

“If we deserved to lose? You have to ask me why I lost…I don’t think my team deserved it, we gave everything…

“I think we missed a bit of luck, sharpness and presence in the box that we couldn’t have without Lukaku and Fellaini.

“We tried everything we could with Martial, Rashford, Pogba, we missed strong players in the area, we needed them against strong players like Bakayoko, Rudiger, Cahill… I’m curious to know what the pundit will say in the next days about this game.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has his say ahead of tomorrow’s Fa Cup final at Wembley.

Many believe Paul Pogba can make the difference in favour of Manchester United, but the former Blues’ midfielder thinks in a different way.  “I don’t know what Pogba is. He makes bad decisions but then does fantastic things which must wreck Jose’s head”. Lampard said as reported by The Mirror. “Pogba is naturally more talented than I was, he would run all over me and has better feet, but there’s no point dribbling in your own half. All that ‘flick and roll of the studs’, I’m not an advocate of that. A lot of young players see it on YouTube and think it’s amazing but I don’t like it.”

So, according to Frank Lampard is another player who can shine tomorrow at Wembley. “If the right Eden Hazard turns up he can be the match-winner.” the Blues legend said.

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MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rashford.

Manager: José Mourinho

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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During his press conference ahead of the Premier League game vs Manchester United, Antonio Conte was asked about the Blues opponents and in particular about two players: the new signing Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Paul Pogba.

Speaking about the striker, Conte said: “When you add a great player like Sanchez you are stronger. But our situation doesn’t change. We have to prepare for the game and my expectation is to see him on the pitch with Lukaku, then I don’t know if they will have another midfielder or a number 10″.

Then, about the chances Pogba will be parte of United’s Starting XI, the Italian coach added: “We are talking about a top player, a fantastic player. My expectation is to see him on the pitch. If he stays out it will be better. We are talking about a top player and every coach has to try to find the right way to manage him. He is showing at United he is a top player.”

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Manchester United boss José Mourinho has ruled Ander Herrera out next Sunday clash against Chelsea.

The Spanish midfielder had previously suffered a hamstring injury that kept him off the pitch for three weeks and got injured again on his return to play last night, when went down clutching his leg in the 17th minute after attempting a routine back-heel in the Sevilla penalty area during a Champions League match in Spain.

The midfielder was eventually forced off after receiving treatment from the United medical staff and was replaced by Paul Pogba, who had been dropped for the game last night.

After the final whistle Mourinho revealed that it was a “bad injury”:

 

“I think it is a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him from playing the last couple of matches, but the medical department said he was 100 per cent ready for last Saturday [against Huddersfield].

“We didn’t play him to give him more work and more protection, but it looks like he was not fully fit.

“And then the back-heel creates a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have proof he was not 100 per cent fit.”

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Huge boost for Manchester  United ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Chelsea: the Red Devils recovered two key players, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini.

Rojo has been unavailable since April after suffering serious ligament damage in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht. Fellaini picked up an injury during the October international break while with Belgium and hasn’t played since.

The pair travelled to London with the rest of the squad while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick still remain on the sidelines recovering form their injuries.

Also Jesse Lingard, who suffered a back injury in the Champions League game against Benfica last Tuesday, travelled to London with the selected squad.

José Mourinho now has two more options for tomorrow’s game at Stamford Bridge, the third return since he was sacked in December 2015 by Roman Abramovich.

 

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Manchester United have five long-term injury absentees for next Chelsea clash with Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba all on the sidelines.

Jesse Lingard became the latest injury concern for the red Devils after the attacker picked up a back injury during Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Benfica.

Speaking about this issue to ManUtd.com Red Devils manager José Mourinho said he’s not sure if he will be able to recover some of them for the Stamford Bridge game next Sunday:

“I have to wait a little bit. Normally, the press conference is a bit later in the week, we still have Friday and Saturday [to come].

I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say that I told a lie when I said there’s no chance of recovering, so I prefer just to say two more days to confirm my expectation.”

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Romelu Lukaku told ESPN that his new teammate Paul Pogba has been crucial during the last few days, as the French star convinced the former Chelsea youngster to join Manchester United.

 “I’ve been talking to [Pogba] for about seven or eight years. And now he’s living in Manchester,” – Lukaku claimed – I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we’re together on a daily basis”.

“He was explaining to me how it went at the club, and it triggered something in my head. When the opportunity came, I didn’t have to think twice. I’m really excited. I think they’re all top players, a good group of guys that is hungry to win trophies.

“To play in front of those fans, everything is set there to perform. But, you know, I have to work harder than I’m doing now. I know the road is still far, but I’m willing to go on that path and grab the opportunity that I get.”

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