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Manchester United vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Chelsea

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure to show a more daring approach and get the best out of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez for a grudge match against Chelsea's Antonio Conte on Sunday.

United, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw against Sevilla in Spain on Wednesday.

Having been described by Jose Mourinho as the "complete midfielder" upon arriving at the club in 2016, the French global has found himself at odds with Portuguese in recent weeks.

However, United cannot afford to lose on Sunday as a defeat could most definitively drag them down to a scrap for fourth.

United, now second in the league, have an opportunity to open up a six-point advantage over fourth-placed Chelsea with a win this weekend.

However, Eric Bailly is pushing to make his first start in over three months after recovering from ankle surgery so he could lined-up alongside Chris Smalling with Victor Lindelof the man to make way.

Along with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal, both clubs are battling for a top-four finish.

Mourinho and Pogba have reportedly had a number of disagreements over the past few weeks, with the midfielder falling in and out of the side.

The squad's status is the same as it was for Tuesday's match against Barcelona, with only Bakayoko, Barkley, and David Luiz unavailable.

"You saw the game against Sevilla - I think it's always more hard to come from the bench than to start".

Chelsea can ill afford a poor result with the threat of finishing outside the Champions League qualifying places a real possibility for any of the sides immediately behind City.

"If we win, we are happy, but then there are 10 games to go". I'm sure we can do something this season and in the future for sure. His pace on and off the ball and a relentless work ethic to cover every blade of grass makes him a huge threat for Red Devils in a game that could be decided by fatigue and fitness if anything.

Willian is likely to keep his place though after scoring and also hitting the woodwork twice against the Catalan giants.

Apart from the Pogba clouds hovering over the big-four clash between United and Chelsea, the public animosity between Mourinho and Conte is also under much focus.

"Of course, I left already a couple of years ago".

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