Manchester United are preparing to host Chelsea in what will be their 35th Premier League game of the season.
The Red Devils, led by interim manager Ralf Rangnick, are all but out of the hunt for Champions League qualification and depending on how you feel about the lower-ranked UEFA competitions, maybe best off finishing eighth.
Rangnick won’t want to drop points out of fear of a congested fixture list next campaign though – the German tactician will want to finish this season as strongly as possible before he prepares to hand over the reins to incoming permanent gaffer Erik ten Hag.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has played two domestic games less than Thursday’s opponents. Although likely to finish inside the top-four, manager Thomas Tuchel will know there is still an outside chance that a dip in form could see his Blues miss out and he will undoubtedly want to guard against that.
Ahead of what should be a fairly competitive match at Old Trafford, both sides have named their starting 11s.
🚨 Our starting XI to face Chelsea ✊
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 28, 2022
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