Once again, here we are to witness another rivals in the struggle to avoid a step away from a trophy less season.
Both sides have previously met three times this campaign and both know what it takes to win this competition, with their head coaches knowing how it feels to lift a trophy in the final rounds.
A common occurrence this century, Wembley once again welcomes the Reds from the North and Blues of the South.
This prestigious match scheduled at 18:00 is due to happen at Wembley Stadium with Mike Dean as the official incharge of this game in prospect.
Pushing out Nottingham forest with a 2:0 win, they secured the third round and in the 4th round trashed hull city with a 2:1 lead.
They overlooked Liverpool in the fifth round with a 2:0 win and in the Quarter-final against Leicester City won.
Chelsea having drawn 2 and won 3 out of their last meetings boast of their Top goalscorer- Tammy Abraham who bought 14goals for his side this campaign with just less than 3 matches remaining.
Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United (Marcus Rashford x2) (Michy Batshuayi) in the Carabao cup
Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United (Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire) Premier League.
Just like Solskjær, Lampard’s had a solid first season back at then and lost the three of meetings with his former on-pitch rival this campaign, but still in the top four race.
Already securing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for next term following the lifting on their transfer ban, Chelsea are hungry for trophies once more.
Lampard who has won this trophy four times as a player, did win against Norwich City assuring fans of bringing hope this trophy to their home just like in the past.
In terms of team selection, Lampard will have a struggle on who to give the nod between the sticks. Kepa Arrizabalaga boasts the lowest in this aspect.
Willy Cabellero, although slightly more steady, hasn’t fared much better in his eight appearances this campaign as Chelsea boast the least total saves in the top-flight this term.
Fikayo Tomori has lost his place as of late and is one of four centre-backs Lampard has struggled to rely on this season.
None of 22-year-old Tomori, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rüdiger, and Kurt Zouma have made over 26 appearances in the league, with the former French outcast surprisingly making the most.
Ross Barkley has scored in the past two rounds, making his rejuvenation under Lampard even more evident.
The Liverpudlian had a difficult time under Maurizio Sarri, often being swapped around with Mateo Kovačić. However, since the Everton graduate and Croat have had some top tutelage from former England favourite Frank, each has flourished.
The pair are set to start alongside Jorginho due to midfield injuries and the trio’s ability to hold possession and make progressive passes up the pitch but Ruben Loftus-Cheek could also be involved following a long injury lay-off.
Mason Mount, an ever-present in their top-flight games until he was rested on Tuesday, should also start to support fellow creator Christian Pulisic, who has finally hit form with three goals and one assist since the restart.
The man they’ll all likely to be looking for is Olivier Giroud, who’s reminded everyone of his quality lately with three goals in as many starts, showing he deserved a new deal in May.
The World Cup winner scored the crucial goal in the 2018 semi-final against Southampton and loves this competition, lifting the trophy four times in seven seasons with Arsenal (three times) and his current side (once).
Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)
Billy Gilmour – ligaments (next season)
Charly Musonda – knee (six weeks)
Marco van Ginkel – Cruciate ligament (back in training)
N’Golo Kanté – hamstring (day to day)
(4-2-3-1) Caballero; James, Rüdiger; Zouma, Alonso: Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
THE RED DEVILS
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford’s chemistry was on show at Crystal Palace on Thursday, keeping United level on points with Leicester going into this cup clash.
Their pair’s play, reminiscent of the treble-winning strike partnership of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, has been a joy to watch and shows signs how much their manager is helping them improve as no other boss has before.
On Friday, Lampard had raised the number of VAR decisions going United’s way, which the Red Devils gaffer pushed back on, a spark which will not only ignite this match but will raise their adrenaline towards its success.
An added plot thread to this repeat of both the 2007 and 2018 final is Leicester City facing Tottenham Hotspur shortly before things get started at Wembley, so both clubs will be hoping for a favour from former boss José Mourinho.
Due to the short turnaround, more rotation is expected. Firstly, Sergio Romero should start in goal in what will be his second since the resumption.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah was a shock starter on Thursday and played admirably in his first appearance in over 1,000 days but due to that lack of fitness, could well need a rest.
Scott McTominay was replaced by Nemanja Matić after 63 minutes midweek, which is expected to happen on the teamsheet tomorrow as the Serbian looks set to face his former club.
Jesse Lingard, who’s Wembley record is quite outstanding, made a surprise cameo against Palace, the club he scored a stunning winner against in 2016’s triumph under Louis van Gaal.
His current manager could give him a start as one of many players who have featured consistently in the cup run so far.
Odion Ighalo is one, who has suffered semi-final heartache before, telling the club website this week that to get to the final would be great for his life and my career after missing out in 2016.
Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)
Phil Jones – ankle (two weeks)
Luke Shaw – ankle (day to day)
Axel Tuanzebe – leg (next season)
Brandon Williams – eye (late assessment)
(4-2-3-1) Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Fosu-Mensah; Matić, Fred; Lingard, Fernandes, Rashford; Ighalo.
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