Thomas Tuchel will need a tricky solution to overcome Chelsea’s curse against Manchester United – Anita Abayomi
Chelsea face Manchester United this week and following their rather questionable performances I can only wonder if the Blues are ready for a record-breaking task.
The last time Chelsea won at Old Trafford in the Premier League they were under manager Rafa Benitez. Since then, the results have been quite mediocre. Their last three meetings have ended in a draw and on top of Chelsea’s misery, they haven’t been able to beat Manchester United in the league since 2017.
Thomas Tuchel will have to pull something remarkable out of his tricks hat if he is to do what the last four managers have failed to do. Chelsea’s lack of success against Man United is quite worrying. With Arsenal they have become our shadow team and I can’t understand why.
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Chelsea narrowly claimed victory over West Ham last weekend. It was a tough battle for the Blues but Christian Pulisic managed to get the upper hand. It should be noted that the Hammers have fielded a relatively weaker squad to adapt to their Europa League semi-final, which also takes place on Thursday. I can only imagine what the outcome might have been had David Moyes decided to go all out.
Ralf Rangnick has struggled since taking over at Manchester. Despite having a squad full of “world-class” players, he hasn’t quite found the key to getting things done. There is little he can do to rectify the questionable performances that have been on display this season. Cristiano Ronaldo will probably be the best choice to face Chelsea’s Thiago Silva in defence. The two 37-year-olds will face off and Silva is expected to come out on top given this season’s performances.
Let’s face it, we can say what we want about Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor season, but he’s still Manchester United’s top scorer. He is also still one of the greatest footballers I have ever seen in my life. United are lucky to have a player like him who can put on a performance when you least expect it – with hat-tricks against Norwich and Tottenham showing just how dangerous he can be.
I look at the Chelsea team and wonder who could be our equivalent to Ronaldo? I’m not talking about a match in attributes and skills. I am referring to an impact match. The answer to this question seems to change every week. One week I would say Kai Havertz, another it would be Pulisic. While on days like this against Arsenal, that’s an unanswered question.
Tuchel should be looking to field a strong starting XI to break the nine-year drought at Old Trafford. He will face a familiar face. Maybe that could give Chelsea the edge over Tuchel’s football teacher.