This may not represent success like winning the league or the Champions League but any trophy is important to pick up. Chelsea v Man Utd is always a big game and the recent history between the managers means that it’s a must not lose game. Both managers have had disappointing results throughout the season and haven’t reached their preseason expectations. For Conte this could be his last game so it would be great to end his two years with a league and domestic trophy.
How do you assess Man Utd’s season? Minimal progress. They finished second in the league compared to sixth last season and have more points. However they were never involved in the title race and the football has been painful to watch. The rest of the league has also been poor compared to City which has seen rivals fail to mount a challenge. The early exit in the Champions League and recent performances have left fans apathetic and questioning where the club is headed under Mourinho. Throughout all the wins there was always a underlying feeling that these wins were silencing the doubters for now. The losses however felt louder than the wins because of the style of play. Signing better players in the summer isn’t going to change the approach to games so it should be what happens on the training pitch which needs to be adjusted.
How about Chelsea then, as with the last couple of title winning seasons they disappoint the following season and appear to have problems in the changing room. It seems like that the culture of the club is short term which is fine because they have proven to be successful. Conte has looked depressed all season and like a lamb to the slaughter, the players have looked disinterested at times and it’s weird to explain why. It started in the summer when Conte didn’t get the players he wanted and ever since then it snowballed into more problems.
If Chelsea are to have a chance they need more creativity, they struggle to score goals and this Man Utd team can be solid at times. This burden will be on Hazard to deliver in a big game again. He has been inconsistent this season but on his day can be the best player in the league. He has spoken about maybe not extending his contract at the club if they don’t match his ambitions however he need to hold his side of the bargain and win games for his team.
There could be a lot of players seen as key on the United side however considering how they have performed recently the midfield has struggled a lot to find forward passes. The mix in midfield isn’t working or the players aren’t listening to instructions because there is no creativity. This is a game Pogba will be looking to make a name for himself in. He’s had a rollercoaster season and that has led to him being dropped in big games, he still hasn’t found his true role in the team and that is disappointing to see. Heading into the world cup it’s important that his confidence is built with a good performance and leave the Man Utd fans happy.
Prediction Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea