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EARLY TEAM NEWS FOR CHELSEA V UNITED

EARLY TEAM NEWS FOR CHELSEA V MANCHESTER UNITED


Manchester United meet Chelsea in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Monday night in the final of last year at Wembley.

The Reds were beaten on this occasion by an Eden Hazard penalty, but had to run south in an 11-game unbeaten run in the home under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite Paris Saint-Germain Old Trafford with a 2-0 win had left in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Chelsea face Malmo on Thursday night in the Europa League after beating them 6-0 in Manchester City last weekend. The Blues will again face Pep Guardiola's side in the final of the Carabao Cup later this month, hoping to get a better result on that occasion.

So who could be available for our FA Cup tie? Let's summarize the latest updates ...


The biggest question marks surround the fitness of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, after both were injured in the first half of the game with PSG.

Lingard suffered from a suspicion of thigh muscle, while Martial reportedly injured his groin and they must be considered doubtful because of the tie.

French international Martial scored two goals this season in a 2-2 draw with Maurizio Sarri's men in the Premier League.

Hopefully, during his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer will give a positive update on the duo, which you can watch from 14:30 GMT

In the meantime, full backs Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia have failed after Solskjaer admitted last week that the pair should be out of action for a few weeks.

Marcos Rojo seems to be closer and closer after the versatile Argentine defender has been trained with the squad.

Chris Smalling is another defense option, as the PSG game, as he told us this week, came too fast due to his return to Fulham last Saturday. He's now fully recovered from a toe injury, so it's just a case of building his match fitness.

Paul Pogba's suspension of his two yellow cards a week applies only to the Champions League and not to the domestic certificate, which means he can play free

Sergio Romero scored in all domestic cup competitions this season, so the talented stoppers could once again win the contract from Solskjaer.

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were both influential in Arsenal's 3-1 triumph in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Maybe both of them will also be in the starting eleven.

Chelsea's team news plans will become clearer on their return from Sweden, but apart from Marco van Ginkel, they might be back in the range with Gary Cahill, ex-Red Danny Drinkwater, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all in very good condition

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