Manchester United will begin their Premier League campaign against rivals Chelsea on Sunday. The Red Devils have enjoyed a stellar pre-season and enter the new campaign full of confidence.
United were busy in the transfer market, recruiting the likes of Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to bolster their squad for the upcoming campaign.
On the other hand, Chelsea were unable to strengthen during the summer as they were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA. To make things worse, star player, Eden Hazard, also opted for a move to Real Madrid.
However, with the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as the new manager, there is a certain positivity surrounding the club.
With so many world-class players at the disposal of both teams, we can expect an intriguing game when these two sides take the field on Sunday. Here, we identify three players to look out for during the mouthwatering clash between the two arch-rivals:
#3 Anthony Martial
With Romelu Lukaku leaving Manchester United during the summer transfer window, Anthony Martial will have the responsibility of leading the line for the Red Devils this season.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used Martial as a number 9 throughout the pre-season campaign and it seems like the Norwegian plans to deploy the Frenchman as the main man up front this season.
The last time the 23-year-old was consistently deployed as the main striker was under Louis Van Gaal. During that season, the Frenchman went on to score 18 goals and provide 11 assists in all competitions.
The high pressing, attacking style of play deployed by Solskjaer should help the attacker take his game to the next level.
Martial looked sharp during pre-season and seems determined to prove his mettle. The 23-year-old will be crucial for Manchester United against Chelsea on Sunday. He will have the responsibility to initiate the press from the front, as well as hold up the ball in the final third for his teammates to join the attack.
He could end up being the game-changer for his side on the night.
#2 Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham will have the responsibility of leading the line for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side this season. The 21-year-old returned to the Blues this summer after enjoying a stellar season with Aston Villa in the Championship last season, scoring 25 goals and providing 3 assists.
The Englishman looked sharp during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign as well, and will be hoping to carry that form into the Blues’ Premier League opener against Manchester United on Sunday.
Abraham is expected to start against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and will have a huge task on his hands, especially since he will come up against Harry Maguire and co.
However, with the pace and physicality the 21-year-old possesses, he could cause the Manchester United defence quite a few problems during the 90 minutes at Old Trafford and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the scoresheet.
#1 Harry Maguire
Manchester United shelled out £80 million to secure the services of Harry Maguire from Leicester City this summer, making him the world’s most expensive defender. The 26-year-old has been amongst the best centre-halves in the league for the past couple of years and will bolster Manchester United’s defence, which leaked 54 goals in the Premier League last season.
The England international is expected to make his debut against Chelsea on Sunday and with a huge price-tag attached to his name now, he will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
However, the centre-half is not known to shy away from a challenge and will be keen to transform this Manchester United defence. Considering the firepower Chelsea boast in their ranks, Maguire will need to be on his toes, marshaling the rest of the backline.