Manchester United are back in action at Stamford Bridge on Monday night looking to replicate a fine win at the stadium earlier in the season.

There is no Marcus Rashford available due to injury, the matchwinner in the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory.

As many as five changes are expected from the team which lined up in October, some through choice, others enforced.

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Same approach, different personnel

United lined up with a 3-4-1-2 formation at Stamford Bridge last time and it is likely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer elects to do the same again.


Anthony Martial will obviously start in the place of October’s matchwinner Rashford, although there is a question over who partners him.

Dan James started up top last time and cause Chelsea problems. He could get the nod here, although he’s competing with Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood.

United need goals and we can foresee Greenwood starting, with James and Ighalo on the bench.

Another question circles over who will be the third centre-back. It was Marcos Rojo back in October.

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Eric Bailly is fit again, but Solskjaer is more likely to select Luke Shaw in this role as he did against Liverpool and Manchester City, than throw the Ivorian back into a big away game.

This game is too soon for Scott McTominay to start so Nemanja Matic will return from suspension to start alongside Fred.

Bruno Fernandes is a sure starter after his recent move, which is an improvement on the starter last time at Stamford Bridge, Jesse Lingard.

In summary: Rashford, James, Lingard, McTominay, Rojo out from October and Martial, Greenwood, Fernandes, Matic and Shaw in.

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