Ian Wright warns Manchester United they will have to deal with one in-form Chelsea star this weekend

Ian Wright said Manchester United will have a hard time facing Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side and Reece James, in particular, this weekend.

A recent report from The Athletic suggests Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager.

The report, however, also mentioned that he will not be in charge in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday due to work permit reasons.

So as already expected, caretaker manager Michael Carrick will lead the Manchester United side for the big game.

Wright believes Manchester United could suffer a big defeat against the “ruthless” league leaders.

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“The thing about it is that we’re dealing with the same backroom staff,” the former Arsenal striker said about Manchester United during The Kelly and Wrighty Show (via Optus Sport).

“We’re talking about a Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side that is going to be ruthless with what they do. They’re not going to change.

“You’re going to have to deal with Reece James and what he does.

“Unfortunately for Chelsea, [it is unclear whether] Kante is going to be fit.

“But the way they play in the system, if you’re organised, and you stay in your shape, you’re probably going to break through the Manchester United side.

“I really do feel that if Man United do not [stop or slow Chelsea down], it could be a big [defeat] again for them.”

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James’ impact in final third will be key for Chelsea

As Manchester United previously confirmed, they will be without at least three key players for the Chelsea clash.

It also remains unclear whether Luke Shaw will be in the squad, having previously missed out on their win over Villarreal in midweek.

Instead, Carrick deployed Alex Telles.

While Telles is a good attacking full-back, he is not known for his defensive qualities, and he might have to deal with arguably the most in-form Chelsea player in James.

James has so far had the most goal contributions in the league among Chelsea players, with four goals and four assists.

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