For a second time this season, we’ll be squaring up against the Red Devils. The first time we met them, we ran out comfortable winners, after we thumped them 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Pedro’s sublime opener paved the way for the hammering, and Kante’s finish will probably go down as one of the best this season. We totally outclassed Mourinho’s men both mentally and otherwise.
On Monday, we meet them again, as we seek to make it to the next round of the FA cup, and while Chelsea still have the ability to inflict another loss on them, you have to acknowledge that United have gotten stronger over the course of the season. They have not lost a league game in a while (since we beat them 4-0 in October), and that says a lot about the transformation they have undergone. They’re gradually buying into the plans of their manager but of course, the Chelsea roller coaster is still as great as ever, so I honestly do not see us as vulnerable in any way.
Yes, Mourinho and his men will be desperate to make a statement and perhaps avoid a 2nd defeat in 2 games from Chelsea, but I don’t see that happening. Their star man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for 3 games, meaning he’ll miss that tie. He has no doubt been their light this season, and without him, I don’t see the much they can come up with. And then again, they still lost with him against us earlier this season, so it probably wouldn’t have mattered.
The game on Monday will be keenly approached by both teams and fans, especially seeing as it will probably be the best trophy in their cabinets at the end of the season, and of course, there’ll be another meeting between both teams in the league before the end of the season so this one will be a way of preparing for that one. Either ways, I know that no matter how tough it gets out there on Monday night, we’ll still emerge victorious and qualify for the semifinals.