Reece James has already hinted Manchester United could have a key weakness for Chelsea clash


Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and past comments from Reece James could point to a key weakness in their opposition.

Michael Carrick will take charge of the game before handing over the reins to Ralf Rangnick next week with the former England midfielder hoping to make it two wins from two and Rangnick expected to be announced.

Villarreal were beaten 2-0 by the Red Devils on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho with the goals, and a win away to the league leaders will be the perfect way to sign off.

However, Carrick has his work cut out with a number of key players set to miss out through injury and suspension.

Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani will be absent through injury while Harry Maguire serves his one-match suspension for a red card against Watford. Midfielder Fred and left-back Luke Shaw are also doubts.

“We got two or three little issues,” Carrick told his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“It is never ideal. One or two we are waiting on and Luke took a bang on the head a few weeks ago and took a bang against Watford. We’ll make a call on him.

“Fred twisted his ankle, played a big part, we will have to see how that settles down. One or two others.”

Shaw has not enjoyed the strongest start to the season following an impressive Euro 2020 campaign and concerns over concussion could see him miss out against Chelsea.

Alex Telles could well step in and, if past comments from Reece James are anything to go bt, the absence of Shaw may hand Chelsea a physical advantage.

While on international duty with England during the Euros, James took part in a Q&A with the England Youtube channel, in which he was asked who would win a strength test in the squad.

“Luke Shaw is strong. They (Mings, Maguire) are definitely strong but Luke is a beast, a brick,” the 21-year-old said.

“If there’s one guy I play against that I know is going to be strong, it’d definitely be him.”

If Shaw is to miss out, it is news that will likely be music to the ears of James, given the two will come face-to-face down Chelsea’s right-hand side.

It is not like the wing-back needs a confidence boost, having already claimed five goals and five assists in all competitions so far this season. But the potential absence of Shaw could well see Tuchel let him off the leash even more in an attacking sense.

Source by Football London

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