Manchester United vs Chelsea has, in the Premier League era, always been a big game, however, with the added layer of having Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout these days, it’s only got bigger.
Add to the already spicy mix that in two attempts this season the Portuguese has failed to get one over on his old employers, losing to Antonio Conte’s side in both the league and FA Cup so far, and today’s clash is monumental, that’s before you even take into account the fact that Tottenham have closed the gap at the top to four points whilst Manchester City’s win yesterday means their rivals need all the points they can get to keep top four hopes alive.
With that in mind, you would expect Mourinho to hold nothing back with his team selection. The Red Devils have had a rough time of it with scheduling over the past few months, but they knew what was coming.
Therefore, it has come as a surprise to many that Mourinho has chosen to bench top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Here is the full line-up:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 16, 2017
And here is how it’s gone down on Twitter…
— (@ClassyWazza) April 16, 2017
@ManUtd No one was waiting for that.
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) April 16, 2017
@ManUtd Errrr is this a joke…?
— Hêlîn (@MUnitedGirl) April 16, 2017
@ManUtd Haha good one lads, now where's the real line up?
— TJ (@JuanMxrtial) April 16, 2017
@ManUtd We're playing Chelsea, not Chelmsford
— Lucy Morris (@LucyMorris91) April 16, 2017
— Matt (clubber) lang (@mattclubberlang) April 16, 2017