Manchester United couldn’t compete in the Manchester Derby and lost 2-0 against Manchester City. That defeat kept The Red Devils further from a potential UEFA Champions League berth, as things are quite complicated now. With only three games left on the calendar, United are three points behind the fourth place, owned by Chelsea.
But the schedule has given another chance to Manchester United to crack the Top 4. One that could be their final one given how things have shapen up. This Sunday, The Red Devils will take on Chelsea at Old Trafford. The Blues might not be rivals as Liverpool or Leeds United, but have complicated United over the past few years.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how United have fared against The Blues in recent years.
What’s the recent Premier League record between both clubs?
There has been a lot of parity over the past five Premier League meetings between both sides. Manchester United register two wins, against two for Chelsea and one draw. It’s worth noting, however, that The Red Devils own a two-game undefeated streak in the league against Chelsea (W1, D1).
If we add more games into the mix, then we can see Chelsea own the edge with four wins, as opposed to United’s two and four draws. So the numbers tell the whole story. Chelsea have been dominating in recent years, but United are beginning to turn things around of late. Can they continue with their surge when facing the Stamford Bridge outfit?
Does it change much when taken all competitions into account?
If we add all competitions into the mix, then Chelsea’s dominance becomes even bigger. Since 2012 to date, the past 20 competitive matches have delivered only four wins for Manchester United, nine for Chelsea and seven draws. In fact, at one point Chelsea went 12 straight games without losing to The Red Devils. It happened betweeen October 2012 and March 2017, a span where Chelsea registered seven wins and five draws.
Last but not least… what has happened at Old Trafford?
Things change drastically at Old Trafford, though. At home, Manchester United have gone undefeated in their past five home contests against The Blues with two wins and three draws. However, the two wins have come in their past two outings.
Furthermore, The Red Devils have gone undefeated in their last 10 home outings against Chelsea (W4, D4, L2) and Chelsea haven’t won there since 2013. Will Manchester United extend that streak when they need it the most?
Sunday will us the whole story. But Manchester United must improve if they want to win and keep their Champions League dreams alive for one more week.