Mason Mount misses out on a reunion as Chelsea faces Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight, and Marcus Rashford finds himself on the bench.
Mount, a former academy star for the Blues who moved to the Red Devils in the summer, has returned to training after a calf injury that sidelined him just over a week ago.
Erik ten Hag expressed uncertainty about Mount’s fitness for the United squad, considering the initial estimate of him being out for about a month. Unfortunately, tonight’s match comes too early for his return.
While Rashford is physically fit, his recent lackluster form results in him being left out of the starting lineup. Antony takes his place in the front three alongside Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund.
Ten Hag mentioned that the available squad for this game is “more or less” the same as the one in the recent defeat to Newcastle. This loss halted the Dutchman’s brief resurgence, which included five wins in the last six Premier League games. As a result, players like Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez continue to be unavailable for the hosts.
Anthony Martial, who had a lackluster performance in the surprise appearance at St James Park, is on the bench tonight. Kobbie Mainoo, despite recent impressive performances, drops out of the side. Sofyan Amrabat partners with Scott McTominay in midfield.
Diogo Dalot gets the nod at right-back, and Luke Shaw returns to the left-back position. Victor Lindelof partners with Harry Maguire in the center of defense.
Starting XI: Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Amrabat, McTominay, Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho, Hojlund
Subs: Bayindir, Evans, Reguilon, Wan-Bissaka, Mainoo, Pellistri, Van de Beek, Rashford, Martial