Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Manchester United will have a hard time dealing with Thomas Tuchel’s in-form Chelsea side, particularly Reece James, at the weekend.
As it stands, the Blues are three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with only four goals conceded after 12 games.
Tuchel’s men have also yet to taste a defeat since October, having collected nine wins in 10 games in all competitions during the period.
Manchester United, on the other hand, had three defeats in their last six games in all competitions, including the 4-1 loss to Watford which eventually led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
Unsurprisingly, Wright-Phillips considers the west London outfit clear favourites ahead of Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s going to be an uphill battle for Manchester United against Chelsea on the weekend,” the former Blues winger told Football London.
“I think if anybody has seen Chelsea and watched the way they play, even on a bad day, it’s going to be hard for Man United to match that pretty much in all their positions.
“The only downside for Chelsea is the loss of Ben Chilwell, but he will be replaced by [Marcos] Alonso who was playing well until Chilwell stepped in.
“Manchester United will go into the game worrying about Chelsea more than the other way around.”
Unstoppable Reece James could cause problems for Manchester United
On the potential key battle, Wright Phillips added: “I’m not sure whether Luke Shaw will be fit to play.
“But I’m looking forward to that battle between him and Reece James, as they both love bombing forward.
“They’re both quite physical but with Reece James, he possesses a certain quality, especially in crossing and finishing, that nobody seems to stop him doing that at the moment.”
The 21-year-old right-back has deservedly attracted quite a lot of attention recently thanks to his form.
He has already had more goal contributions — four goals and four assists — than any other Blues player this season.
Blues teammate Christian Pulisic even admitted that he will not be surprised if James stays leading Chelsea’s goalscoring charts at the end of the season.