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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Chelsea v Man United LIVE updates: Team news for huge Premier League showdown as Michael Carrick faces Thomas Tuchel – Ralf Rangnick to be announced as new Red Devils boss soon

  Chelsea will be looking to regain their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table when they host manager-less Manchester Unit...


Chelsea will be looking to regain their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table when they host manager-less Manchester United this evening. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, who smashed Leicester last weekend, have been superb in recent weeks and will be confident of claiming their 10th win of the campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Carrick will lead ninth-placed United again following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the club are expected to announce the arrival of new interim manager Ralf Rangnick soon. Premier League showdown to kick off at Stamford Bridge at 5:30pm today

Team news to be announced at 4:30pm Ben Chilwell and Mateo Kovacic out for Chelsea, N’Golo Kante a major doubt but Romelu Lukaku could return United captain Harry Maguire suspended, Luke Shaw, Fred and Edinson Cavani doubtful, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba out talkSPORT will have updates from west London throughout the day while you can follow all the action in our live blog below

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Ralf Rangnick's expected arrival at arch-rivals Manchester United is 'not good news for other teams'. Klopp's fellow German is set to be installed as interim manager at Old Trafford until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rangnick has had some influence on the Liverpool boss in terms of the pressing style which has been so successful for him and Klopp knows exactly what to expect.

“Unfortunately a good coach is coming to England, that's how it is, to Manchester United,” he said. “Ralf is obviously a really experienced manager. He built most famously two clubs from nowhere to proper threats and forces in Germany with Hoffenheim and Leipzig. “United will be organised on the pitch, we should realise that – that's obviously not good news for other teams. “But all coaches in the world, we need time to train with our teams and Ralf will pretty quickly realise he has no time to train as they play all the time, so that makes it a bit tricky for him. “Apart from that, a really good man and an outstanding coach, if it happens, will come to England.”

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 Michael Carrick believes Manchester United's players have the ability to adapt to any type of coach ahead of Ralf Rangnick's expected arrival at Old Trafford. United have been in discussions with the 63-year-old German, whose appointment as interim manager until the end of the season could be confirmed any minute.

United's press came under major scrutiny during the dismal run that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lose his job last weekend, but caretaker boss Carrick said the squad would be able to cope with any new system.

“I think you can get ideas across quite quickly,” he said. “History shows that. Sometimes it's not just about ideas, it's just a different voice, a freshness, and history proves that for whatever reason. Sometimes it works really well, sometimes not so well. “That's the nature of life and we'll see what happens in the days to come… “There are lots of different styles in football. We've got a good group of players. Whoever comes in I'm sure they can adapt. There's real talent and good people, good human beings in the squad, so we'll look forward to what's ahead.”

But in facing a side coached by Tuchel, Sunday could give them a first-hand look at what to expect under Rangnick.

“You've got to be hugely impressed by the way they go about things,” Carrick said of the European champions. “They're super intense, well organised, and have really good movement across their front line. “They're very good at having the back three connect with midfield, trying to narrow you up and causing problems through the middle and with the wing-backs. They're really aggressive, playing high and testing your back line and stretching you across the pitch. They've got a really good balance.”

As he prepares for his second game in charge Carrick, part of the coaching set-up at United since retiring as a player in 2018, added that he had not had time to think about his own future under any new manager.

“My focus is on preparing the team as best I can,” he said. “I've got a huge responsibility and I've given everything to that. Anything else is for after Sunday.”

Ben Chilwell is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following his injury in midweek while N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are also set to miss out. Tuchel said: “Kova is still out for the game on Sunday. N’Golo twisted his knee a little bit against Juventus and feels better but it seems he will be out for some days. We still have a little hope but it’s almost a miracle if he makes it.

“Ben is out, he has a partial tear of his ACL, and the decision is to treat it conservatively. “The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and be available or if he will need surgery.”

Kai Havertz is still a bout due to a slight hamstring issue while Tuchel also confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will most likely start on the bench. For United, Harry Maguire is suspended following his red card against Watford while fellow centre-back Raphael Varane remains out. Paul Pogba is also injured while the club will need to check on Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood, Fred and Edinson Cavani.

Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial are among those pushing for starts. Carrick would not be drawn on Rangnick's anticipated appointment directly, describing it as ‘speculation and reports’ while insisting his focus was purely on Chelsea.

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