Ten Hag says Manchester United can win if Chelsea don't have referees on their side

Manchester United boss Ten Hag says his team can win if Chelsea don't have referees on their side

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag claims his team have a good chance to win against Chelsea as long as the opponents do not have the referees on their side.

While Saturday’s visit to Stamford Bridge is going to be Ten Hag’s first match against Chelsea as a Manchester United manager, he had already faced them a couple of times before while managing Ajax.

Chelsea had the upper hand against his former side with a win and a draw from the two Champions League group games between the two sides in 2019/20.

The second match, in particular, ended in a dramatic 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in which Ajax blew a 4-1 lead in the second half.

Ten Hag saw two of his former players; Daley Blind and Joel Veltman, sent off, which led to Chelsea’s scoring three goals to level the score in the remaining half an hour.

It is safe to say Ten Hag has still held a grudge over the match ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

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“I hope we don’t experience tomorrow playing [against] 12,” the Manchester United manager told the club’s official website when asked about his last visit to Stamford Bridge.

“If we play [against] 11, I think we have a good chance to win.”

Ten Hag still considers Chelsea among the top teams in the Premier League, however.

“As in every league, there is a difference. You have top teams and middle and lower-class teams,” he explained.

“If you face teams like Arsenal, [Man] City and Chelsea, you face a different challenge, that is clear.”

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Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.