Marcus Rashford is all set to start for Manchester United vs Chelsea in a major boost for the England striker.
Alexis Sanchez – who scored the winner against Newcastle last time around – only arrived back in the country today after a mammoth trip back from Chile.
He played the whole game as his side beat Mexico on Wednesday night. The frontman was pictured outside Heathrow airport this morning, giving him little time to prepare for tomorrow’s early kick off.
That means Rashford, who arrived back from Spain on Wednesday morning, is all set to start in the 12.30pm kick off.
The 20-year-old was called out for his role in the win against Newcastle before the international break.
Jose Mourinho questioned his decision to hand Rashford a start and whether the pressure was too much.
“Maybe it was my wrong decision to start Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay," Mourinho said before the international break. “They were not ready for this level of pressure that the man-hunting is bringing.”
Rashford struggled against Croatia, spurning several great chances, but then proved his worth against Spain.
A superbly taken goal helped Gareth Southgate’s side win 3-2 in Seville and put him in a prime position to start vs the Blues on Saturday.
A good chance of a start has now become all but certain after Sanchez’s late return back from international duty.
Sanchez did score the winner vs the Magpies, but after a long-haul flight back from Mexico, where Chile won 1-0 over El Tri, fatigue and jet lag likely mean he will start on the bench at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old played the 90 minutes for La Roja and after touching down a little over 24 hours before kick-off in London, Rashford should be given the start.
Mourinho will be desperate to gain revenge over his former club and ease the pressure on himself.
With United already seven points behind the Blues, defeat could all but end their title hopes and put them in a tough predicament regarding qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea beat Mourinho’s United at the Bridge last season 1-0, thanks to Alvaro Morata’s header, before the Red Devils gained revenge to win 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Though the Blues won the rubber match in the FA Cup final to clinch silverware in Antonio Conte’s last match in charge.
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