MATCH PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA

Manchester United will aim to keep their fleeting hopes of a top-four Premier League finish alive when Chelsea make the journey to Old Trafford on Thursday night. The Red Devils went down 3-1 to Arsenal at the weekend, while Thomas Tuchel's men left it late to overcome London rivals West Ham United 1-0.

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Preview: Man Utd vs. Chelsea - prediction, team news, lineups
In spite of fleeting optimism that the appointment of Erik ten Hag could galvanise the Man United players - some of whom may be playing for their futures at the club under the new boss - the Red Devils once again lost ground in the race for Champions League football to a direct top-four rival at the Emirates.

CHELSEA YOUNGSTER NAMED ONE OF EUROPE'S BEST PROSPECTS

Chelsea youngster Armando Broja has been included on a list ranking the top prospects playing in Europe’s domestic leagues right now. CIES Football Observatory has posted a top 100 list of the best performing young stars aged under 21.

CITY READY TO MAKE HAALAND HIGHEST PAID PL STAR

Manchester City are reportedly keen on signing Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, who’s been linked with Chelsea in recent times. According to the Daily Mail, Man City are prepared to make the 21-year-old the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

CHELSEA SET TO OFFLOAD WANTAWAY STRIKER THIS SUMMER

Timo Werner's future at Chelsea looks to be hanging in the balance, with reports claiming that the Blues are set to listen to offers for him starting from this summer. There have been a lot of reports about Werner being unsettled at Stamford Bridge and those reports could prove to be true if the recent rumors are anything to go by. The north London club are reportedly open to discussing a potential deal for Timo Werner in the summer, with the German striker thoroughly struggling in the Premier League.

HAVERTZ, PULISIC ON TARGET AGAINST LILLE

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic found the back of the net either side of the half-time intervalas Chelsea took a big step towards the quarterfinal stage as far as this season's Champions League campaign is concerned. Chelsea are the defending champions and they took a step closer to fulfilling their quest to become only the second team to retain the Champions League title with a very good first leg performance against Lille.

Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League title at the end of the2016/17 season. The Spanish La Liga giants won the Champions League title during the 2015/16 season before they successfully defended their title in the following season. Real Madrid then made it a hat-trick of Champions League titles in the next season.

CITY COMPLETE LEAGUE DOUBLE OVER CHELSEA

Manchester City showed their supremacy over Chelsea once again after they defeated the West London giants at home to complete a Premier League double over them this season. In their first meeting this season, Manchester City dominated proceedings from start to finish and they were rewarded with a 1-0 win at the home of Chelsea thanks to the strike from Gabriel Jesus.

For the second and final league meeting between the two teams this season, Belgian international Kevin De Bruyneprovided the best moment of the game with a curling shot which found its way into the back of the net in the 70th minute for the only goal of the game. He received a pass from Portugal international player Joao Cancelo and went ahead to unleash a shot that KepaArrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal could not save.

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