Former Chelsea striker backs Manchester United to beat Chelsea

Chelsea and Manchester United will lock horns later on Sunday, for a chance to progress to the finals of the FA Cup.

Arsenal are already through to the finals, after pulling off a shocker against Manchester City, but which one of the remaining two teams will join the Gunners?

According to former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, Chelsea will likely dominate possession like they’ve done often times against the big teams this season, but United’s quality in attack will prevail.

He wrote in Daily Mail: “The likelihood is Chelsea will have the majority of the ball at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. But it is also likely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not mind that.

“His Manchester United team have had less than 50 per cent possession 10 times in the Premier League this season and lost only once – to Liverpool at Anfield in January. They beat Manchester City home and away with 28.1 and 27.7 per cent, along with Chelsea home and away with 46.3 and 38.8 per cent.


“So United don’t mind letting you have the ball because they know how to win that way. They have players who can do real damage on the break, and a No 10 in Bruno Fernandes who has added an extra edge to their attacks.”

Sutton also tipped Bruno Fernandes to cause Chelsea all sorts of problems at the back, due to their ongoing defensive troubles.

“Not only must they try to contain Greenwood, Rashford and Martial, they have Fernandes raring to become a pain in their backsides, too,” he added. “The standards of United’s play have increased since the Portuguese playmaker’s arrival. He’s raised the bar.

“Special players can have that impact – it’s as if their talent is infectious. On Sunday he will be feeding United’s forwards with through-balls while also looking to test Kepa Arrizabalaga himself, most likely from outside of the box.

“Chelsea will want to plan for that, but this isn’t Jorginho’s forte. Nor is it Mateo Kovacic’s. This is a job for Kante, but he is not fit enough to play the part. So while Lampard has a problem to solve there, Solskjaer seems to have found a promising combination in his own midfield.”

United extended our unbeaten run to 19 matches after the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Momentum seems pretty high, and could prove valuable in beating Chelsea, who haven’t been consistent this season.