Man Utd or Chelsea? Football writers debate which side finishes higher this season

Manchester United and Chelsea played out the dullest fixture of the weekend as both sides struggled in the rain at Old Trafford.

The bore draw means both sides have continued their mediocre starts to the campaign.

Frank Lampard ‘s Chelsea, flush with a raft of new additions over the summer, remain shaky at the back and unconvincing at times going forward.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side are so far paying for the price for a dismal summer in the transfer market.

But which of the Premier League’s big-hitters will finish higher this term as they both look to replicate last term’s top-four finish?

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Aaron Stokes – Manchester United

While there is a terrific amount to like about Chelsea’s attacking exploits, they remain too fragile in defence.

Two cleans sheet in as many games of late is a move in the right direction – but with West Brom and Southampton notching three each against the Blues this term already, the backline could cost Lampard once again.

As for United, never write off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Every time he looks on the brink at Old Trafford, he gets his side playing – as seen against PSG twice and earlier this year with their post-Christmas form.

To add, United will be a different force entirely when the Norwegian finds a way to play Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes together.

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Dave Armitage – Chelsea

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be happy the fans are excluded because United’s home form is abysmal.

A 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace followed by a 6-1 thumping by Spurs and then the Chelsea game giving them their only point.

It might be early days but 15th in the table is unthinkable. Next two league games are home to Arsenal and away at leaders Everton.

Anything but maximum points from those two and the cries for Mauricio Pochettino will get ever louder.

Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…


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