A new dawn looms for Manchester United as Ralf Rangnick looks set to be appointed the interim manager until the end of the season, but whilst he awaits a work permit, the Reds travel to table-topping Chelsea.
In a week that was filled with managerial twist and turns, United look to be set for a resolution off the pitch allowing for the focus to return on it as they look to dust themselves down after the sobering defeat to Watford.
The dismantling at Vicarage Road spelt the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure at Old Trafford and saw him subsequently replaced by Michael Carrick on a temporary basis and in the dugout for this weekend’s fixture.
Harry Maguire was sent off, as the final dagger blow was landed for Solskjaer, after a second bookable offence following a loose touch led to a desperate lunge to turnover possession which saw Tom Cleverley left in a heap.
The red card means the 28-year-old will miss just the one match for United and could return to the fold when they host Arsenal on Thursday.
Paul Pogba, who would’ve returned from his suspension had he been fit, is still sidelined with the thigh injury that he picked up during the international break.
Similarly with his French compatriot, Raphael Varane, who was forced off in the draw with Atalanta. Scans later showed that it was a hamstring injury and he will miss the trip to the capital.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Sunday’s match comes too soon for Mason Greenwood after the winger succumbed to the coronavirus and missed the defeat to Watford and the midweek Champions League win over Villarreal.
The Uruguayan saw tendon issues flare up again in the win over Tottenham last month that meant he missed the latest international break.
Shaw went off last weekend with a concussion – weeks after suffering a similar injury in the defeat to Manchester City.
He missed the trip to El Madrigal, but awaits an update for Sunday.
Ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge, the Londoners aren’t short of injury problems themselves with key absentees including Ben Chilwell.