Manchester United and Chelsea shift their focuses temporarily to the Fa Cup as both sides clash in a crunchy semi final bout at the New Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening. Both Lampard and Solskjaer are in a similar situation: two young managers who were legends as players for their respective clubs, who need silverware despite time being on their side.
Lampard's Chelsea are placed 3rd in the Premier league and just 1 point above Ole's United. So FA Cup glory would mean a whole lot to any of both managers irrespective of where they finish the season at.
United(12) and Chelsea(8) have lifted the FA Cup 20 times between them, with United looking to do so for a record-equalling 13th time this season and also bidding for a record 21st appearance in the final.It is Solskjaer's side who will go into the game as favourites for many given their recent form, which has seen them win six and draw two of their eight matches since the restart. They are also on a 19-game unbeaten streak, the best they've managed since 2010 under Alex Ferguson.
The two sides have met three times already this season, with the Red Devils coming out on top in all three of those clashes.
Man United are likely to be without their two first choice left backs once again. Timothy Fosu Mensah debuted in their absence at the Selhurst park and might retain his place while Phil Jones and Axel remains out.
Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo has scored in all his starts since he's joined Man United, which includes 3 goals in his 2 Fa Cup appearances. He is one of the few that will be pushing for a start tomorrow.
N'Golo Kante will miss out for Chelsea after failing to beat a hamstring injury and will not be ready to take on United. Billy Gilmour remains sidelined after knee surgery.
Both teams are expected to name their back-up goalkeepers, therefore, Argentine duo Sergio Romero and Willy Caballero are likely coming in.
Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Fosu Mensah; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ighalo
Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic
Match Records and Head to Head
Chelsea have won 12 of their last 15 FA Cup semi-final matches, losing against Man Utd in 1996, Liverpool in 2006 and Man City in 2013 in that run.Manchester United have progressed from 15 of their last 17 FA Cup semi-final ties, losing on penalties against Everton in 2009, and losing 0-1 against Man City in 2011.
Manchester United are playing in their 30th FA Cup semi-final - no side has ever played in more. They have reached the final on 20 occasions, which is also a joint record (level with Arsenal for both).
This is the fourth season in a row Chelsea and Man Utd have met in the FA Cup, with Chelsea winning in the quarter-final in 2016-17 and the final in 2017-18, and Manchester United in the fifth round last season.Chelsea have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against Manchester United, losing the most recent encounter last season.
Manchester United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season (2x league, 1x League Cup). Only once has a team won four games against the Blues in a single season, with Man Utd doing so in 2010-11.
This will be the ninth meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium (old and new), making it the most played club fixture at the ground in history. Both sides have triumphed four times apiece in the previous matches, including three times via penalties (1 for Chelsea, 2 for Man Utd).When playing at the ground as a neutral venue, Man Utd have won seven of their last eight matches at Wembley Stadium, though they did lose their last such visit 0-1 v Chelsea in the 2018 FA Cup final.Chelsea's Ross Barkley has scored (3) or assisted (1) a goal in all four of his FA Cup appearances for the Blues this season.Odion Ighalo is Manchester United's top scorer in the FA Cup this season (3). The Nigerian has scored four goals in his last five starts in the competition.
Man Utd FA Cup form: DWWWW
Chelsea FA Cup form: WWWW
Despite Chelsea sitting above United in the league, the Reds are the favourites for this clash giving they've beaten their Blue opponents three times this season.
With United's tremendous attacking quality in recent fixtures, as well as Chelsea's defensive frailties, a win for the Red Devils seems to be on the cards. Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
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