Manchester United are set to return to action after the winter break when they travel to Chelsea on Monday.

The match will go a long way to determining who will qualify for the Champions League, with United having slipped into the middle of the chasing pack of late.

There are plenty of questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to answer ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge and here are three…

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How fit is Ighalo?

Odion Ighalo has been unable to train with his new team-mates during their training camp in Spain, having been kept in England.


He has been able to do his own solo work but Solskjaer must figure out how fit the former Watford man is.

It would be a surprise if he were to start at the Bridge, but Solskjaer has brought Ighalo in on loan for an instant impact.

Anthony Martial has struggled to make an impact of late and although the winter break might have helped him freshen up, he could have no complaints if he was dropped on the basis of his recent form.

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How important is history?

United have a poor long-term league record at Stamford Bridge, with just one victory there this decade.

But their recent form against the Blues is better; unbeaten in their last five meetings with them and collecting victories at the Bridge in the FA Cup and EFL Cup under Solskjaer.

United need to focus on their recent history as they go in search of improving a record which has been abject even during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Can Fernandes shine again?

Bruno Fernandes shone on his United debut against Wolves and has now had the break away in Spain to get to know his new team-mates better.

He was United’s most likely goal threat last time out and this Chelsea side have not been particularly solid at the back of late.

The importance of this game cannot be understated for United and they have to pose a threat on the front foot. Fernandes looks most likely to provide that.

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