Manchester United v Chelsea in numbers

Manchester United are now fifth on the table, ahead of the clash against Chelsea on Sunday.

Winning the latter competition may represent their most plausible route back to the Champions League as they lie fifth in the Premier League - 18 points shy of Antonio Conte's table toppers and with a tough run-in to come.

United have won the EFL Cup in a season that started with Community Shield success but there remains a chance they could fall short in their quest for Champions League qualification.

Speaking at his news conference at Cobham on Friday, Conte said: "We are fighting for the title, until the end".

Manchester United's future looks promising but Michael Carrick is only interested in the here and now, with the veteran midfielder as focused on a top-four finish as Europa League glory.

The Portuguese was not happy with Conte's rousing of Stamford Bridge in the closing stages of Chelsea's 4-0 win over United in October in the Premier League. Played at United's then home of Venue Bank Street in Clayton, the game finished goalless. When I considered Chelsea I thought about the fact that Mourinho was here.

Cole experienced the hardline approach first-hand as he helped Mourinho's Chelsea team win two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup during his first spell as manager at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007. I would prefer to be first in the league and not having this record.

"For me a good season is to be ready for every match and fight for every match for the best result and to defend Man United prestige". I speak for myself and [Anderlecht] was not a good performance.

"I think he has still to prove that he is one of the very top players in the highest category and he needs to enjoy another year at this level. It doesn't give us anything".

  • Salvatore Jensen