As it happened: Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as United hold Chelsea to a point.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Harry Maguire of Manchester United battles for possession with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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19:232 months ago

FT: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United

Frankly, we should have expected this. The top-six games this season have been dire at best, and this one had its moments but it had 0-0 written all over it from the early stages.

United face a trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace this week, while Chelsea take on the champions Liverpool. 

19:142 months ago

84' Lindelof cuts out the effort at the back-post

Werner is almost certain to score at the back-post, but Lindelof is on-hand to nick the ball away and prevent a late Chelsea goal.
19:082 months ago

77' Substitution for Manchester United

Anthony Martial replaces Mason Greenwood for the visitors.
19:052 months ago

76' Mendy fumbles, but United can't quite pounce

It's a great ball across the box from James, and Greenwood's pressure on the keeper sees Mendy fumble; Fernandes can't pounce to see it home, however. 
18:572 months ago

68' Fred curls one past the top corner

Fred comes quite close, for one of his shots. He's not the most consistent from range, but the Brazilian bends one on his right foot that is only just high-and-wide of the top corner.
18:512 months ago

61' United have a flurry of shots

United put together a lovely attack: Shaw flashes the ball across the area, it's cleared to McTominay who smacks it low for Mendy to save, and Wan-Bissaka also comes close for the Reds.

Chelsea have enjoyed much of the ball but United have come closest in the last five minutes or so.

18:492 months ago

60' Greenwood comes close with a lovely effort

James and Greenwood interchange the play with a quick one-two, and Greenwood unleashes a wicked left-footed effort from outside the box that is just past the top corner. 

He's unlucky, Greenwood, after not being involved in too much of the play, but that was a great effort. 

18:412 months ago

52' James has a go, and wins United a corner

Rashford plays it over to James after a good run from the Welshman, though his eventual shot is blocked by the defence and out for a corner.
18:382 months ago

49' How have Chelsea not scored?

The ball drops straight to ZIyech after Chilwell's ball across the box, but De Gea does well to save despite going to wrong way. James has a direct effort on the rebound but it's nowhere near the goal.
18:342 months ago

46' We're back underway!

It's the hosts who kick us off, as Ziyech gets the two sides back underway.
18:322 months ago

HT: Change for Chelsea

Looks to be a half-time switch for the Blues, with Reece James on for Callum Hudson-Odoi at right-wing-back.
18:182 months ago

HT: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United

It's not been the most entertaining of halves in terms of clear-cut chances, as the two sides go into the break goalless. 

Manchester United could have had a penalty after a handball from Callum Hudson-Odoi, though the VAR check ruled it out.

We can only hope for goals in the second period.

18:142 months ago

44' United come close after Maguire knocks it long

Maguire switches the play excellently towards Fernandes, who heads it on to Rashford, but the attack fizzles out.
18:072 months ago

36' Chelsea come ever so close

A neat cross into the box from Hudson-Odoi is millimetres away from Giroud, who clashes with the goalpost.
18:042 months ago

32' Both sides struggling for chances

Neither side look able to mount a proper attack, with the Chelsea midfield dominating possession with the Reds doing well in defence. United can't quite break with efficiency, with the full-backs being pushed out to the flanks.
17:482 months ago

17' Could this have been a penalty?

This was the challenge - one set of fans will say it's obvious and the other will disagree, and it would be the same if roles were reversed.

A good job to VAR for letting the referee stick with the on-field decision. 

17:472 months ago

16' No penalty - VAR decides not to award the infringement

It's tenuous at best, it looks to come off Hudson-Odoi's hand but the VAR officials do well to give the wing-back the benefit of the doubt in such an unnatural position. 
17:452 months ago

14' Saved by Mendy

The free-kick for Rashford is a lovely effort, but it's straight at Mendy, who parries it for his defenders to clear. The hosts go up the other end, with Ziyech hitting one low down the throat of De Gea.

However, VAR are having a look at a potential handball from earlier on, as Hudson-Odoi may have got a hand on a loose ball in his own box, leading a check of a penalty.

17:432 months ago

12' Free-kick for United

Mount and McTominay collide, with the latter winning the ball to win the foul. United have done well in the last few moments to break with plenty of space behind Chelsea's high line, which is where Solskjaer wants the pace of Rashford and James to exploit.
17:402 months ago

9' Chelsea dominating in the early stages

Chelsea seem so up for this game, with United struggling to get a foot-hold. Chelsea looking to exploit the wings and find Olivier Giroud in the middle, but United have, so far, managed to cope with the threat of the in-form Frenchman.

United have a chance with Rashford, who beats Kante to win the loose ball,  but his cross into Greenwood is nicked by a Chelsea defender.

17:332 months ago

2' Giroud has an early opportunity for Chelsea

And immediately, the defensive vulnerabilities of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are exposed. Chelsea counter-attack in numbers from an early United attack, and a cross into the box is headed away by Luke Shaw, with Giroud battling for it as well.

The subsequent corner-kick is dealt with well by United.

17:302 months ago

1' We're underway!

The visitors kick us off, with Bruno Fernandes getting proceedings underway from Stamford Bridge!
17:262 months ago

The two sides are out!

The two sides are out here at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea in their all-blue strip, and visitors Manchester United in red shirts, white shorts and black socks.
16:372 months ago

Reaction from the confirmed line-ups

Well, Chelsea line-up in a pretty expected fashion: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell line up as wing-backs, with a strong midfield of N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Olivier Giroud leads the line and will cause the United centre-halves some issues today.

Manchester United, on the other hand, see Scott McTominay return to the side to continue his good partnership with Fred, while Daniel James is rewarded for his good form with another start.

Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly can't win themselves a starting place, and with that action, perhaps Solskjaer is sending a message that a striker is needed at Old Trafford this summer?

16:312 months ago

Manchester United: Confirmed Line-Ups

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, James
16:302 months ago

Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Giroud

 

15:292 months ago

Chelsea: Squad available for selection

With the two sides just two hours away from kick-off, the Chelsea 23-man squad on hand to take on Manchester United is as follows:

Mendy, Arrizabalaga, Caballero; James, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Christensen, Chilwell, Alonso, Palmieri; Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Gilmour, Mount, Havertz, Anjorin; Abraham, Werner, Giroud.

In around an hour's time, the squad will be whittled down to eleven starters and nine substitutes.

21:182 months ago

We'll be back closer to kick-off...

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21:132 months ago

Solskjaer says win is crucial to the title race

With games against Chelsea and Manchester City on the horizon, Solskjaer stressed the importance of putting a run together if they still want to challenge for the Premier League title.

“We just have to focus and tick one game off at a time and, as you say, the three games are massive. We’ve got Chelsea just behind us, we’ve got City away in front of us and of course we can’t let them run further away if we have ambitions of catching them and we can’t give Chelsea too much hope of catching us either.

"Every game is important and from now until the international break will be a big period. We always say, let’s look at April/May and see how we are then, so let’s get to the international break and then we can focus on the run-in.”

21:082 months ago

Tuchel has faced United twice this season and is optimistic.

Tuchel spoke prior to the Premier League fixture and how he has already faced the Red Devils twice this season, as manager of PSG in the Champions League Group Stages.

He argued that he has a clue of how Manchester United could line-up on Sunday.

"It helps if you know the style, the strengths and weaknesses. We have a pretty good impression of the style they play and the spaces they want to hurt us, and their strengths individually and as a group. That helps to prepare.

"They like to have space, they like to counter-attack, they like to use their speed and absorb our speed. They are strong team that can defend very compact, very good in transition whoever plays, and it will be a big challenge to defend all this."

21:032 months ago

How to watch Chelsea vs Manchester United Live TV and Stream

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20:582 months ago

Manchester United: Predicted line-up

(3-5-2): De Gea; Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire; Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fernandes, Fred, Shaw; Rashford, Martial
20:532 months ago

Chelsea: Predicted line-up

(3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Giroud
20:482 months ago

Manchester United: Team News

Donny van de Beek could well be available once again for Manchester United, though Paul Pogba and Juan Mata have been ruled out of contention.

Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay have also struggled for fitness and face late tests to become available. 

20:432 months ago

Chelsea: Team News

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he has no new injury concerns, though Thiago Silva will not be involved after returning to light training following a thigh strain.
20:382 months ago

United looking to continue form

While Manchester United no longer look like the title challengers they did earlier in the season, they still have the chance to secure a second-placed finish. To do that, they must continue their strong form, and a win against Chelsea could be a statement to the rest of the top-four.
20:332 months ago

Tuchel set for first major domestic test

Chelsea have experienced a resurgence in form since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel in the dugout, and the visit of Manchester United will be the first major test for the German, who is yet to lose as Blues boss.
20:282 months ago

How the land lies...

Chelsea return after a strong victory away at Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, while Manchester United arrive in the capital after progressing in the UEFA Europa League.
20:232 months ago

Kick-off time

Chelsea vs Manchester United will be played at Stamford Bridge, in London, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 16:30 BST.
20:182 months ago

Welcome to this afternoon's clash

Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the 2021 Premier League match: Chelsea vs Manchester United!

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