Man Utd news: BBC Sport man Mark Lawrenson makes Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction

Man Utd news: BBC Sport man Mark Lawrenson makes Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction

That’s the verdict of BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson, who says Jose Mourinho will be happy to settle for a point at Stamford Bridge.

United and Chelsea go into this weekend’s showdown in need of a win to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho’s men are currently five points adrift of their near neighbours, with Antonio Conte’s side four points further back.

Lawrenson isn’t convinced either side will come out on top when they go head-to-head on Sunday though.

Predicting a 1-1 draw, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat in the Champions League game at Roma was un-Chelsea-like under Antonio Conte.

“Last year we thought they couldn’t keep winning, regardless of how they were playing, but they did.

“This year you’re waiting for them to throw a wobbler every three or four games. 

“After losing in Rome, Conte said his players are lacking hunger which you can’t imagine he would tolerate. It is strange.

“When United play against the other top teams away from home Jose Mourinho will always take a point – as you saw at Liverpool. That is the way he manages and that isn’t going to change.

“He will try to fight fire with fire when he can but at Stamford Bridge he will have everyone behind the ball.”

City kick-off before Chelsea and United’s 4.30pm clash.

They welcome Arsenal to the Etihad at 2.15pm.

Published at Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:35:23 +0000

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