“War of the Aspirants” at Old Trafford


The confrontation of Manchester United and Chelsea is one of the most prominent classics of English football in recent years, and it became very prominent when the Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho was appointed head of the technical bar for the Blues in 2004, at a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was coach of the Red Devils. Years passed, coaches changed and the balance of power changed, but the upcoming meeting remained distinguished by the strength of competition between the two clubs. At the height of the bid, the competition was fierce between the two teams for local and European titles, as was the case in 2008 when they played the Champions League Final. The two teams then retreated after changing coaches and the unorganized renewal of teams, in exchange for the emergence of new powers such as Manchester City, and another awakening from their slumber, such as Liverpool, to turn the competition from a struggle at the top to a race for a seat eligible for the European championships. This was evident last season, when the conflict between Manchester United and Chelsea extended until the last round, to end in their third and fourth places, respectively, with the same points balance. The two teams met on 4 occasions at the time, with the men of the Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having won three of them to one win for Frank Lampard’s men. The meeting is renewed this season in a new way, as the two teams dream of more than European seats, and they are in the process of moving forward in all competitions to the furthest possible stage.The two clubs’ activity in the past transfer market was remarkable. Both coaches devised a clear plan to rise again that would consist of the new players. The paradox was that all Lampard’s requests were satisfied in exchange for Solskjaer’s approval of some names in the last days of the market. Chelsea recruited six new players who entered the starting line-up in intermittent stages, and coach Frank Lampard’s team was the fastest and best dealmaker in Europe. Nevertheless, the start of the Blues was slow and confused, due to the failure of all the new players to adapt. Chelsea’s players were not prepared until last week, due to multiple injuries that plagued Frank Lampard’s squad, but most of the players were ready after the recent international break. The team ranks eighth locally, with eight points from five matches, five points behind leaders Everton. The last two matches of the team witnessed two draws, the first was a disappointment in the league against Southampton, while the second was “acceptable” against Sevilla in the Champions League.
On the other hand, Manchester United won two matches and lost the same in the league, to occupy the 15th place. Dutch player Donnie Van de Beek was the team’s best deal until the last moments of the summer Mercato, which saw the arrival of veteran Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani and left back Alex Tillis. The latter participated in the important European victory on the grounds of Paris Saint-Germain, but Cavani did not travel with the team due to his lack of physical preparation.

The meeting could see the first participation of Manchester newcomer Edinson Cavani

After losing a “thunderbolt” at home to Tottenham with a six-goal goal, Solskjaer’s men scored two important wins on Newcastle land (4-1) and Paris Saint-Germain (2-1), as he seeks to achieve the third successive victory when he meets Chelsea.
Defender Eric Bailey will miss the match after being ruled out for four weeks due to injury, while striker Anthony Martial is still suspended after receiving a red card against Tottenham. Harry Maguire missed United’s victory in Paris, which is likely to continue with three defenders in the back line, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebi and Luke Shaw, especially since Phil Jones is not in the squad. The meeting could see the first participation of newcomer Edinson Cavani, as well as the return of winger Mason Greenwood, while Jesse Lingard’s participation seems far-fetched.
For his part, coach Frank Lampard is optimistic about the return of Thiago Silva and Edward Mendy, which gives the team more balance in the back line. This was clearly evident in front of Seville, when Chelsea kept its clean sheets. With the return of the player Hakim Ziyech from injury, and the readiness of the American winger Christian Pulisic, Lampard will finally be able to participate in all the elements of his basic squad that will face Manchester United, who will face two consecutive victories.
A difficult match awaits the two teams, which will take pressure off one of the coaches in the event of a victory. The two systems are ready, and they need a victory in the classic meeting in order to obtain a moral boost in preparation for the upcoming benefits.

Highlights of the week’s matches

Saturday 10/24/2020
English Premier League
Westham x Manchester City 14:30
19:30 Manchester United v Chelsea
Liverpool x Sheffield United 22:00

La Liga
Barcelona x Real Madrid 17:00
19:30 Seville x Eibar

Italian league
Atlanta x Sampdoria 16:00
Genoa x Inter Milan 19:00
Lazio x Bologna 21:45

Bayern Munich x Eintracht Frankfurt 16:30
Leipzig x Hertha Berlin, 16:30
Borussia Dortmund x Schalke 19:30
French league
Lorient x Marseille 18:00
Paris Saint-Germain x Dijon 22:00

Sunday 10/25/2020
English Premier League
Southampton x Everton 16:00
Wolverhampton x Newcastle 18:30
Arsenal x Leicester 21:45

Italian league
Benevento x Napoli 16:00
Juventus x Verona 21:45

French league
Nice x night 18:00
Lyon x Monaco 22:00


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