The Red Devils advanced to the round of 16 of the Champions League with one game remaining after defeating Spanish club Villareal by a score of 2 goals to nil, thanks to champions league super star Christiano Ronaldo and best summer recruit Jadon Sancho.The two eliminated the host's hopes of placing first in the group.
Manchester United travelled to Spain, their minds preoccupied with the latest management controversy at home. On the other hand, Michael Carrick managed to fit into the shoes of a world-class manager, as seen by the group he selected to face Villarreal. United's players had a high level of confidence and will to win, and none were sent off the field due to injury.
With Lukaku, Harvets, and Kovacic remaining doubtful to play against United, Thomas Tuchel's situation continues to worsen as N'Golo Kanté and Ben Chilwell sustained injuries during Chelsea's 4-0 thrashing of Juventus in front of their home supporters at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Silva makes a superb stop to deny Alvaro Morata an equalizer.
They will be without several key players when they face their vehement rivals, Manchester United. Kanté, who had been outstanding and dominated the midfield, was sent off early in the second half after struggling with a stinging, painful knee.
The Red Devils enter the game with a significant advantage, as Antony Taylor has also been assigned to officiate the Sunday evening game. The Blues manager is well-known for improvising his roster and winning, so hopefully the injuries in his squad will not pose too many difficulties for the Champions of Europe.
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