Manchester United sit second in the English Premier League standings after 10 games. And quite frankly, it’s hard to see them move up or down the standings this weekend. They can’t reach the top of the table since they sit five points behind Manchester City and, even though they only have a three-point lead over Tottenham Hotspur for third place, the goal differential also plays in United’s favour.
Despite that, the contest they will play on Sunday against Chelsea is certainly a big one. Not only because United have built a huge rivalry with Chelsea over the past 15 years, but also because The Red Devils have struggled to get positive results at Stamford Bridge of late. It only takes a look at the stats to determine that. But United have a golden opportunity this weekend. A win against Chelsea could show United really mean business in the Premier League title race. It could also mean United have finally remembered how to get results on the road against the bigger clubs in the league. That has been quite a problem for the team in recent years.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at United’s recent results against Chelsea playing at Stamford Bridge.
United’s Head-to-Head Record Against Chelsea At Stamford Bridge
In one sentence? It’s not good. Over the past 10 years, Manchester United have visited Chelsea 16 times across all competitions. And the balance shows 10 wins, three draws and three losses for Chelsea. Put it in another way, and United only have a 25 percent of success against The Blues at Stamford Bridge over the past decade. Things get worse if we take a look at recent games, because United have won just one of the past 10 domestic matches against Antonio Conte’s team, losing six and drawing three.
That lone win came in 2012, a 3-2 win on October, 28. If you don’t remember that game, we got you covered:
But that’s in the past now. Chelsea are riding a seven-game undefeated streak against The Red Devils at home. And United must do something to snap that streak on Sunday. Even though Jose Mourinho will have some important absentees such as Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United have enough talent to compete toe-to-toe with any team in the league. They drew against Liverpool and defeated Tottenham, and winning over Chelsea would send another message to the rest of the league.
Could they do it, though? That’s another story. But records are meant to be broken. And United’s impressive start to the season would get quite a boost if they clinch the team’s first win at Stamford Bridge in the last five years.