Potter finally starts 24-year-old as £50m star also returns: Chelsea's predicted XI for Manchester United
Graham Potter’s winning run as Chelsea manager came to an end in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Brentford.
It was another strong defensive performance led by Kepa Arrizabalaga, although the Blues lacked the bite required to find the breakthrough.
Now, they look ahead to a massive game at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United.
The Red Devils sit just a place and a point behind the Blues, with them both pushing for a regular place in the top four.
Here’s who The Chelsea Chroncile believe will start for Chelsea in this weekend’s massive game.
GK and Defence
Another game brought another clean sheet for Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks, and he will continue to hold off Edouard Mendy in goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta will start on the right of a back five, with his defensive qualities something Graham Potter will be keen to get the most out of.
This means Trevoh Chalobah will start his fifth consecutive game alongside him. He’ll be hoping for a fifth consecutive clean sheet in that time.
Thiago Silva will return after his midweek rest to marshal the back line, with his experience essential in a game this big.
Kalidou Koulibaly will continue his impressive return to the team with another game on the left of the back three.
Marc Cucurella will be replaced by £50m man Ben Chilwell, who was not in the squad for Wednesday’s game.
Jorginho will continue his record of featuring in every game since Potter came in with another start in midfield.
Alongside him, Mateo Kovacic will start after being an early replacement for the ill Conor Gallagher in the week.
Mason Mount will continue his record of starting every game for the Blues so far this season under Potter with another appearance at the weekend.
After Armando Broja’s first start, he will drop back to the bench in favour of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who certainly impressed in his brief cameo in that game.
To complete the attack, Christian Pulisic will be rewarded with a start following his impressive substitute appearance against Brentford. He will play in favour of Raheem Sterling.