United vs Chelsea (FA Cup Semifinal) Team News: Kante, Shaw, Williams

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For whatever reason, Manchester United just have Chelsea’s number right now. The two sides will meet for the fourth time this season on Sunday, in a FA Cup semifinal clash. The Red Devils have won all three of the previous meetings this season, outscoring Chelsea 8-1 on aggregate in 2019-20.

Marcus Rashford has scored four times in the three games against Chelsea thus far. The last time Chelsea beat United, in any competition, was the 2018 FA Cup final, a streak that stretches now to six. MUFC also dominate the all-time series, with 81 wins to Chelsea’s 54; and 51 draws.

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Another major storyline in this match is managers leading their former clubs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won two FA Cups as a player with United while Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, won it four times during his playing career.

In the other semifinal, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (who faces his mentor Pep Guardiola and Manchester City) also won two FA Cup titles as a player for the Gunners. Yet another story line is the mini war of words between the two managers right now. With that covered, let’s take a look at the team news for this one.

“N’Golo Kante won’t be fit for the match, he’s still not right. So he’s out,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.

“Other than that we have a few people with a few little niggles that I’ll monitor over the next 24 hours or so, and then we’ll be ready to go.”

Kante is probably the Blues best player, overall, so obviously this is a major blow for a game where a cup is on the line.

Meanwhile United are sweating on the fitness of their first and second choice left backs.

Luke Shaw picked up an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Southampton, while his replacement Brandon Williams suffered a head injury which required stitches. Both missed out on the win over Crystal Palace on Thursday, but Timothy Fosu-Mensah filled in admirably.

Also, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are out for the season.

Manchester United vs Chelsea FA Cup Semifinal FYIs

Kickoff: Sun July 19, 6pm, Wembley Stadium

Starting XI Predictions:   Chelsea    Manchester United

TV: BBC 1

Odds:  Chelsea win 6/4   Man United win 5/7

Prediction United 3, Chelsea 2

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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