Chelsea vs Manchester United: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview The standout fixture of the 2019-20 Premier League season’s opening weekend sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
For Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the fixture feels crucial, as his side will be looking to lift spirits after a terrible end to the previous campaign. The big-money acquisitions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are expected to strengthen their defensive play, while midfielder Paul Pogba remains a United player after a summer of speculation.
It will also be a huge day for Frank Lampard, who is set to take charge of the Blues for the first time in a competitive game. Chelsea have been unable to do too much in the transfer window this summer because of a ban, although the performances of new acquisition Christian Pulisic will be one of the storylines of the season
Date: Sunday, August 11
Time: 4:30 p.m. (BST), 11:30 a.m. (ET)
TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.), Sky Sports (UK)
As peculiar as it is to say it ahead of the first game of the season, this match feels vital for Solskjaer.
He shone as caretaker boss when called upon in 2018-19 before being given the job on a full-time basis in March, but performances nosedived late in the season. Faith in the Norwegian followed suit among some supporters, and consequently the feeling is he needs his team to have a good start to the campaign.
United’s summer business has left some scratching their heads too, with Joe.co.uk’s Nooruddean Choudry critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward:
While the Red Devils will undoubtedly improve in defence following the arrivals of Maguire and Wan-Bissaka, the team hasn’t added proven quality in attack.
Daniel James is a young player who will bring a raw edge to the team’s play, but United also lost Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. While the Belgian didn’t fit the fluid, pressing style Solskjaer appears keen to to utilise, he was a regular goalscorer at Premier League level.
Bleacher Report’s Rob Blanchette thinks some players will need to up their levels for United to have a strong campaign:
Speaking ahead of the game, Solskjaer revealed he has faith that the 17-year-old Mason Greenwood can make an impact this term:
At Chelsea, morale appears to be high despite the fact that Lampard is a relatively inexperienced manager and they lost key man Eden Hazard.
There’s a sense of the 2019-20 campaign being a free hit for the Blues. With Hazard gone and David Luiz joining Arsenal late in the transfer window, Lampard looks set to rely on some younger players at Stamford Bridge.
Per Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer doesn’t appear to have taken long to stamp his authority on the team:
Both United and Chelsea have gaps in their squad, and it will be a test of Solskjaer’s and Lampard’s skills as coaches to see how they are plugged as the campaign rumbles on.
Sunday’s game should be thrilling, as both managers will want to see their sides play attacking football and begin the campaign with positive performances. That should lead to plenty of goals, albeit it’s tough to separate these outfits.