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Man United vs Chelsea: Premier League – LIVE!

Time is running out for the Red Devils to secure Champions League football for next season with tonight’s clash against the Blues a must-win fixture.

Ralf Rangnick’s United have lost three of their last four in the Premier League and sit six points behind Arsenal having played a game more ahead of this Thursday night match-up.

In third, Chelsea enjoy a big advantage over the chasing pack and will go ten points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with five games to go, if they can secure a victory in Manchester.

Christian Pulisic delivered the latest of wins for the capital club last time out as they downed West Ham, their first win at home in over a month.

Chelsea have found matters easier going on the road however and have not lost to United in their last four meetings.

With kick-off at 7.45pm BST, follow Standard Sport’s live blog for all the latest updates including expert analysis from James Robson at the ground…

Live updates

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Head-to-head record

The last three meetings have ended all square.

Manchester United wins: 81

Draws: 54

Chelsea wins: 55

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Evening Standard score prediction

Two sides out of form, United’s sheer amount of defensive problems could let Chelsea in to pile on more misery.

Chelsea to win 2-1.

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Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Werner.

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Predicted Man United XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.

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For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic (ligament) will sit this one out as well as Ross Barkley (illness), Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (back).

Reece James remains a doubt but trained on Tuesday as he nears a return from a hamstring issue, although Tuchel confirmed ahead of the game that Andreas Christensen is more likely to be unavailable. Antonio Rudiger could also return.

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Early team news

United head into this game with a lengthy injury list.

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Fred will all continue to be out of action, Harry Maguire is missing due to a knee injury whereas Jadon Sancho has come down with tonisillitis, ruling him out.

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How to watch

TV channel: In the UK, Manchester United vs Chelsea will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Coverage begins at 7pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game live online via the Sky Go app.

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Good evening!

And welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of Manchester United versus Chelsea.

What was once the game of the season is now a mere footnote in a midweek of European action, but still could have huge consequences in the race for the top four.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST and we will bring you all the build-up, including team news in just over an hour.

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