On Friday evening Premier League season 2019/20 starts with the opening game of Liverpool and Norwich. And on Sunday the first “Big Six” meeting of the season will take place on Old Trafford as Manchester United will host Chelsea. There is a lot of focus on both managers. Is the signing of Harry Maguire the final piece of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer´s puzzle? And how will Frank Lampard make his managerial debut in the Premier League against the mighty United?
After having conceding 54 goals in the Premier League last season, Manchester United had one of the worse defenses compared with the top 10 teams. With this in mind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have tried to fix this issue by signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Harry Maguire from Leicester for a total sum of £130m. Both are expected to start on Sunday. Manchester United is unbeaten during the pre-season with 6 wins and they will look to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to deliver the goals. Eric Bailly is out until Christmas and Paul Pogba could also miss the opener with a back injury, while Romelu Lukaku will probably miss out as well, as he’s waiting until the end of the transfer window and hasn’t played in pre-season games.
After only one season managing Derby County, Frank Lampard made the move back to Stamford Bridge. And to say the least, the Chelsea legend could have had an easier opening game. Finishing 3rd last season Lampard have a lot of pressure on his shoulders as Chelsea fans are expecting a top-4 position and a decent Champions League tour. But with a transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, maybe the fans will be more forgiving if the results aren’t going their way in the beginning. Frank Lampard will be missing some key players for this opening game, with Antonio Rudiger with a knee injury, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi with achilles injuries. However, Willian is expected to start on the flanks along with Pedro in a front three that will likely be one of Giroud, Abraham or Batshuayi.
Last five games (Man Utd 2, Draw 2, Chelsea 1):
25 Feb 2018 Manchester United v Chelsea 2-1 Premier League
19 May 2018 Chelsea v Manchester United 1-0 FA Cup
20 Oct 2018 Chelsea v Manchester United 2-2 Premier League
18 Feb 2019 Chelsea v Manchester United 0-2 FA Cup
28 Apr 2019 Manchester United v Chelsea 1-1 Premier League
Last five games at Old Trafford (Man Utd 2, Draw 3, Chelsea 0):