'Most potent in the country': Lampard picks out in-form United stars ahead of FA Cup tie

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised four in-form Manchester United stars ahead of the FA Cup semifinal tie.

Facing a team who have been unbeaten since January, it would be difficult not to worry about Sunday’s game for Chelsea fans.

Manchester United’s front three have played arguably the biggest part in their impressive run, especially after the lockdown period.

Lampard did not really hide his admiration when asked about Manchester United’s attackers in the pre-match press conference.

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He told the media (via Chelsea’s official website): “We know they’re playing well.

“They have a very potent front three, probably the most potent front three in the country on pure numbers, anyway.

“Obviously [Bruno] Fernandes has made a huge difference since arriving in January.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have combined a total of 13 goals since the Premier League restart with Martial raking six goals and three assists in that period.

Fernandes has also been putting up unbelievable numbers from midfield, netting five times and providing four assists since the competition resumption.

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Although Lampard understands the threats Manchester United’s attackers can pose but still urged his players to believe in themselves.

“You see the strength that’s brought to their team with individual quality but we know that,” the manager added.

“We have to be confident in ourselves, deal with their threats, and worry about us as well.”

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Unfortunately, Lampard will not have N’Golo Kante in his options for Sunday’s game as he is still recovering from a hamstring problem.

The France international would have been a great weapon to help nullify Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

Fernandes himself has previously praised Kante, highlighting the 29-year-old’s ability to pressure players.

“Kante is everywhere,” the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder told BT Sport.

“He can press the keeper, midfield and strikers. That guy comes out from everywhere.”

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