Manchester United will aim to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for a second time this season but will have to do so without six of their first-team stars.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side return from winter break with their last appearance being an underwhelming goalless draw with Wolves.
But in Chelsea they face the side who they put four past on the opening weekend of the Premier League.
Two of their four goals that day came courtesy of Marcus Rashford but the United forward is still sidelined through injury.
Record signing Paul Pogba put in a rare impressive display at Old Trafford back in August as they saw off the Blues and he joins Rashford on the injury list.
Solskjaer conceded recently that the Frenchman may have played his last game for the Red Devils with speculation mounting over an Old Trafford exit in the summer.
Academy graduates Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Tim Fosu-Mensah are also unavailable for United’s trip to the capital while goalkeeper Lee Grant is recovering from injury himself.
The visitors have been handed a boost though with Nemanja Matic due to return from suspension and Odion Ighalo now available for selection.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have his squad depth tested
The former Watford striker has not featured since his deadline day move from China but will give Solskjaer more options in attack alongside Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Although the Norwegian refused to comment on whether or not the Nigerian would play at Stamford Bridge.
“I never said he [Ighalo] was going to be ready to play on Monday,” Solskjaer said. “He’ll be involved with us and he’ll travel down with us and, obviously, now he’s out of that two-week period of precaution and it’s a precaution we’ve made.
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“He’ll travel with us and let’s see if he’s involved or not. He’s done his [training programme] and it was always going to…