Michael Owen predicts the outcome of the intriguing clash at Stamford Bridge


Manchester United will face Chelsea in the Premier League fixture which is considered as one of the most intriguing battles for the spot in the Champions League. Before the game is to be started, the mind games are being played and now it depends how the teams react to it.

Chelsea are fourth in the points table with 41 points and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils are in the ninth position with 35 points. A victory for Manchester United will propel them back into the Champions League spot fix and a loss or a draw would derail the hopes of qualification.

Talking about the chances of the winning, Micheal Own, a footballing legend, said:

“Manchester United have failed to score in three successive league games for the first time since 2016 after their goalless draw with Wolves, and I don’t think we will see many opportunities at Stamford Bridge in what is arguably the game of the weekend in the Premier League,” 

“The last time Chelsea beat United was in the 2018 FA Cup Final and United have won on their last couple of visits to Stamford Bridge – in the FA Cup last season and the League Cup earlier in the current campaign.

“Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season, but that scoreline clearly flattered the hosts with the Blues hitting the post twice in the first half. I expect to see Chelsea take maximum points in a tight, close affair.”

On the other hand, Chelsea midfielder N Golo Kante backed the Blues outfit to seal the Champions League spot. He said:

‘We have everything that we need in this team,

‘We are having an important time of the season because we are all fighting for the fourth position.

Man United were a bit behind but now they have closed the gap so it’s a big opportunity either for us to keep them behind or for them to close the gap more.

‘It’s an important game for both teams. ‘We all know that Man United at home is a very difficult game, especially after what happened in the first game but we don’t look at this.

‘We just look forward because we want to keep the gap and so that’s why we need to win, not to get revenge.’