The Blues meet the Red Devils for the second time this season, on this occasion for a night of Carabao Cup action.
We begin our preview with the numbers needed ahead of the game…
Chelsea vs Man United head to head record
Chelsea and Man Utd are drawn against each other in the League Cup for the fifth occasion. The most recent being the 2012/13 fourth-round tie.
Our overall cup record against the Red Devils is seven wins, four draws and 13 defeats.
CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2
FA Cup fifth round, 18.02.19, 7.30pm
Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c) (Zappacosta 82), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 71); Pedro (Willian 58), Higuain, Hazard
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud. Injured Loftus-Cheek
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Booked Rudiger 60, Kanté 64
Manchester United (4-3-1-2): Romero; Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (Pereira 75); Rashford (McTominay 90+3), Lukaku (Sanchez 73)
Unused subs De Gea, Bailly, Dalot, Fred
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Booked Matic 14, Young 21
Scorers Herrera 31, Pogba 45
Referee Kevin Friend
Biggest win for each team
Chelsea 5-0 Man Utd, Stamford Bridge, 1999/2000 (Premier League)
Man Utd 6-0 Chelsea, Old Trafford, 1960/61 (Division One)
United’s biggest league win at Stamford Bridge is 4-0 in 1947/48 (Division One)
Chelsea’s recent record
Chelsea are hoping for an eighth successive win in all competitions for the first time since our club record run of 10 between October 2016 and Jan 2017.
The Blues are looking to progress to the Carabao Cup quarter-final round for the third successive season.
The last team to defeat us in the fourth round was West Ham in October 2016 when they beat us 2-1 at the London Stadium with Antonio Conte in charge.
The last time we were eliminated at home at this stage of the competition was in 2008/09 when Championship side Burnley won a penalty shoot-out after extra-time. Frank Lampard was a 25th-minute sub that evening for the injured Juliano Belletti.
In his playing career for the Blues, Lampard won 11, drew 10 and lost 10 of his games against Man United, scoring six goals.
Manchester United stats
Manchester United have won the League Cup four times in the past 14 seasons.
Man United’s Europa League victory in Belgrade last week against Partizan was their first win on the road in all competitions since beating PSG in the Champions League in Paris last March. That run included seven defeats and four draws.
They won their first away game in the Premier League since February at Norwich on Sunday.
Man United have been awarded six penalties this season and missed four of them, including two at Carrow Road.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have scored 16 goals in 14 games this season in all competitions. Their leading scorer is Marcus Rashford with five.
The last four teams to knock Man United out from this competition were from lower divisions. The last Premier League side to eliminate them were Sunderland in 2013/14.
Man United’s line-up in the last round
Carabao Cup third round Wednesday 25 September
Manchester United 1 Rochdale 1
After 90 minutes. Man Utd won 5-3 on pens
Team 4-2-3-1: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Jones (Williams h/t), Rojo; Fred, Pogba; Pereira, Lingard (Mata 85), Chong (James 60)
Scorer: Greenwood 68
There are no suspensions
Yellow cards only count in the competition in which they are received. In the Carabao Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
Carabao Cup bookings
Man Utd: Williams 1
Chelsea vs Man United referee
Referee: Paul Tierney
This will be Paul Tierney’s second Blues game this month. He was the official for our game at Southampton before the recent international break and was also the VAR on Saturday against Burnley.