Chelsea’s perfect Premier League record under Graham Potter was shattered by a goalless draw against Brentford on Wednesday, raising the importance of Saturday’s game against Manchester United.
The Blues are one point ahead of Erik ten Hag’s team ahead of the weekend and both are looking to win early stages of the battle for a top four finish, especially with Newcastle United and Liverpool gaining momentum behind them.
On big occasions like this one, Chelsea can count on their star players and important additions to make an impact, bringing attention to Raheem Sterling, even though England have a surprisingly dismal track record against United.
Sterling’s encounters with the Red Devils have always been derbies before, first with Liverpool and then with Manchester City, and in terms of goals scored, he hasn’t reached the level of his past.
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Sterling has faced United 18 times in his Premier League career and won only a third of those matches, with six wins being the second-lowest total against an opponent he has played more than 10 times (after games). against Liverpool – three wins in 13 games).
After nine defeats, Sterling has more defeats to United than to any other side, including three defeats in his last four matches against the Red Devils – all Manchester derbies against City.
However, Sterling’s woes are not just about the final result, as he failed to score in the 1,357 minutes he played against United, despite being the team he played against for the fourth most minutes behind Everton and Southampton. . and Tottenham.
To date, Sterling’s direct impact in the last third of the match against United is only two assists, and Chelsea’s recent history doesn’t look much better.
Chelsea are heading into Saturday’s game against United without winning their last nine meetings between the teams in the Premier League, with draws being common (6) and three defeats for the Blues.
In fact, 11 of the last 23 clashes between two teams in England’s top flight have ended head-to-head, with United claiming seven wins in that time compared to Chelsea’s five.
Chelsea’s last win over United in the Premier League came five years ago in November 2017, when Alvaro Morata scored the decisive goal of the game.
If this long three-point wait ends this weekend, the Blues will need to shoot at full speed against a United team that has found its rhythm with a five-game unbeaten streak after losing to City at the start. month.