Three Chelsea weaknesses Manchester United can exploit

Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Monday night in a match which could go a long way to shaping the race for the Champions League.

Realistically, the Blues would have already been overtaken in fourth spot if any of the teams below had been able to string a run of wins together.

Despite United’s historically poor record in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, there are weaknesses there for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to exploit.

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Goalkeeping situation

Kepa was dropped for the trip to Leicester last time out but it looks like the world’s most expensive goalkeeper will be recalled to face United.

Even if that’s the case, his confidence can’t be at its highest. He conceded four goals to United on the opening day of the season and Kepa has the worst save percentage in the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes fired in some powerful long shots against Wolves and almost caught out Rui Patricio.

He is likely to try his luck against Chelsea too and test a vulnerable Kepa.

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Poor home record

Chelsea have won just five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge this season.

On top of that, United won on their last visit to the Bridge, a 2-1 EFL Cup victory in October.

There has been a problem in terms of breaking down deep defences for the Blues and perhaps United can frustrate them on Monday, before breaking at speed.

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Lack of clean sheets

Chelsea have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League matches and that is something United have to try and exploit.

This is a far cry from the era where one goal could decide matches between the Reds and the Blues at the Bridge.

Their poor defensive record lately offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer no excuses if United can’t break them down.

A replenished attack possibly featuring Odion Ighalo makes United more unpredictable, and Chelsea’s task tougher.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.