Kick Off: Monday, March 13th 2017. 19:45 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
It’s the FA Cup quarterfinals; the oldest cup competition in the world, and two of England’s best will grace the occasion right in Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Hostilities will resume, friendship will be put aside and rivalry will be the theme as Chelsea play host to Manchester United, and of course the last scoreline of 4-0 has made this fixture even more interesting, notwithstanding the Jose Mourinho factor.
Both sides have had an interesting journey to reach this stage of the competition. Chelsea overcame Peterborough, Brentford and Wolves to get this far while Manchester United overcame Reading, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn to reach this stage.
In the only meeting between the two sides this season, Chelsea won 4-0 back in October at Stamford Bridge, which adds more rivalry to this meeting. Much of the match has been themed about Mourinho seeking revenge against his old side, and this brings more drama for the neutrals to make this season’s FA Cup an amazing one.
Surprisingly, the last time Chelsea tasted defeat against Manchester United was in 2012, a 5-4 loss in the League Cup. Other than that, Chelsea have been dominant in this fixture in recent times. In the last eight meetings between both sides, Chelsea have won four and four ended in draws.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 league and cup games against United (W6, D5), and have only conceded three times in the last nine encounters.
United have only won two of their last 19 league and cup games at Stamford Bridge (D6, L11).
This is the 12th time Chelsea and Manchester United have been paired together in the FA Cup. Of the 11 previous ties, Manchester United have won eight and Chelsea three. However, the Blues have prevailed in both ties since the turn of the century – winning 1-0 in the final in 2007 and 1-0 in a sixth-round replay at Stamford Bridge in 2013.
Chelsea have only lost one home game in all competitions this season, the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on 16 September.
Coincidentally, the last time United lost an FA Cup tie away from Old Trafford was their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in 2013.