17 min United are really dominating the middle of the pitch, where they have three players to Chelsea’s two.
15 min Nothing comes of the corner.
14 min Mount’s lovely cross towards Aubameyang is crucially intercepted by Varane, sliding towards his own goal. Corner to Chelsea, their first of the game…
13 min The corner is taken short to Sancho, whose cross flashes across the face of goal and behind.
13 min After another good move from United, Antony curls a decent shot from 20 yards that is pushed round by the sprawling Azpilicueta. It might not have been going in anyway.
12 min A decent spell of possession for United, with Casemiro seeing plenty of the ball.
10 min Azpilicueta is down after an accidental clash of heads with Sancho. I think he’s fine.
9 min Good play from United. After a series of first-time passes from Casemiro, Fernandes and Eriksen, Shaw is released on the left-hand side. He runs to the edge of the area and drives a cross shot that goes a few yards wide of the far post.
7 min Loftus-Cheek wins a header in midfield and releases Aubameyang on the left. He runs at Martinez but overhits a cross towards Sterling.
7 min “Looking forward to this one,” says Tom Stratford. “Interested to see how Graham Potter navigates that notoriously tricky 44th day in a new job.”
They can always go back to Thomas Tuchel if he does quit.
6 min United’s formation looks more like a 4-1-4-1 than 4-2-3-1, with Eriksen playing further forward than he has in recent games.
6 min See 4 min.
5 min “The TV and press will continue to bring up the Ronaldo question,” says Mary Waltz. “Understandable, it draws eyeballs, responses, and clicks. But ten Hag will continue to ignore it. Ronaldo would be an incredible super sub and occasional starter for any contender. But he will never accept that role. EtH is doing the right thing. Downplaying the controversy until CR7 leaves the club.”
Yes, I think he’s handled it almost flawlessly.
4 min A quiet start to the game. Sterling was wrongly flagged offside when he broke away down the left; that’s about it.
2 min Chelsea are playing as expected, with Cucurella as the left-sided centre-back.
2 min “Interesting about the rivalry that never quite exploded,” says Digvijay Yadav. “I always thought that the 2006-10 period was as intense as any. In fact the ‘06-‘07 was the most cathartic title win since Fergie’s first. And that was partly a result of the fear that Chelsea had sowed in the league and the loathing that inspired in United. Or maybe that’s just me.”
I know what you mean, and the standard was seriously high around then. But to me it never had the same intensity and enmity as United v Arsenal or Chelsea v Liverpool.
1 min Peep peep! Manchester United kick off from left to right as we watch.
More pre-match reading
“Astounding how Roy Keane, while saying gentle and emollient things about Cristiano Ronaldo, manages to look extremely threatening,” writes Charles Antaki. “It’s the hooded eyes, I think, plus 100 years of suppressed, and not-so suppressed, on-field violence.”
And the beard. Nobody wears a statement beard quite like Roy Keane.
Roy Keane on Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence
It’s interesting that, when Paul Scholes refused to play against Arsenal in 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson still started him in the next game.
Jonathan Liew on the absent Cristiano Ronaldo
Graham Potter makes four changes to the Chelsea side that drew at Brentford. Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who has a knee injury, Conor Gallagher, Kai Havertz and Armando Broja.
One change for United: Fred out, Christian Eriksen in.
Chelsea (possible 3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Cucurella; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell; Mount, Sterling; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Mendy, Kovacic, Pulisic, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Havertz, Chukwuemeka, Broja.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1) de Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford.
Substitutes: Heaton, Lindelof, Malacia, Fred, Pellistri, McTominay, Garnacho, Iqbal, Elanga.
Referee Stuart Attwell.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. This is a slightly unusual rivalry, which has never fully exploded despite a number of title deciders and even a Champions League final. The status of today’s game is best reflected by the fact the winners will end the day in fourth place. That’s the prime ambition for both clubs this season, particularly United, but there is unlikely to be room at the Champions League table for both of them.
Still, the two teams look in reasonable shape under their new managers. Chelsea are unbeaten under Graham Potter, even if their last two performances weren’t the best. Those games were away from home; at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have looked formidable. United have been up and down, but looked like a proper Erik ten Hag team for the first time when they overwhelmed Spurs on Wednesday. If they do it again at Stamford Bridge, where they have won only twice in the league in the last 20 years, United fans will have good reason to be excited.
Kick off 5.30pm.