Chelsea legend names his second XI to play Manchester United. He believes they can make top six

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has picked up a Chelsea second team that will face Manchester United tonight, and the team includes players who haven’t really played much this season, and who weren’t in Frank Lampard’s starting lineup to face Burnley at the weekend.

See his lineup below:

Goalkeeper: Caballero

Defence: James, Rudiger, Christensen and Emerson

Midfield: Kante, Barkley

Attacking trio: Pedr, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi

Striker: Batshuayi or Giroud

Explaining his line-up, Pat Nevin wrote: “The likes of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi would definitely love some game time and anyone who we can get back from injury would also be desperate for a go. The likes of N’Golo Kante, Emerson, Andreas Christensen, Toni Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro all must be watching on and thinking they would love to be playing every week. The only way you can do that is to let the manager see you doing well against the likes of a Manchester United.

“How about adding Callum Hudson Odoi and Reece James to the list that need a few 90-minute outings and suddenly you begin to see how stiff the competition for places is right now. So, try this for a thought, how would the team below fare if they were fit and well and sent out against most teams in the Premier League?”

Nevin went on to explain how quality this team is as he added: “In all seriousness, if Frank Lampard put that team out for any game, I would be excited by it and would expect them to very probably win. Where would that team finish in the Premier League for example? I totally honesty think they would challenge for top six minimum and not one of them is starting for the team just now!

“It is a huge pity all those lads aren’t fit, but when they are it should give us a great chance in any of the cup competitions over the next few seasons. In the midst of it all, there are more youngsters coming through as well. Put young Billy Gilmour somewhere in the above side and it probably doesn’t weaken it at all. These truly are exciting times and not just because of the current first 11.”

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