Chelsea have already lost to Manchester United twice this season.
In what was Frank Lampard’s first match in charge of the Blues back in August, Chelsea visited Old Trafford and were hammered 4-0 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
It was a learning curve for the novice stars at Chelsea who despite playing good football were not tight at the back. They paid dearly for their lapses in concentration as United put on a counter attacking masterclass to dismantle the Chelsea team.
The two sides met again a few months later in the Carabao Cup where Chelsea and United both put out weakened squads. It was Stamford Bridge this time and while the contest was more even in terms of goals, a Marcus Rashford stunner from a free-kick saw Chelsea get kicked out of the League Cup.
Since then, however, the the two sides have gone different ways with the Blues choosing to move forwards.
Under Ole, United have struggled to put together a team who are capable of playing football this season. Every match the situation gets more dire as opposed to Frank Lampard’s young, inexpensive side who are flying out of the blocks and making tremendous growth on the learning curve.
So with February 18th’s match now close, this will be a perfect chance at redemption for Lamps and his boys. They will want to put one past a hapless Ole and his disillusioned team – and the opportunity wont get better than this.