Manchester United XI vs Chelsea: Rashford dropped - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest

Manchester United XI vs Chelsea: Rashford dropped - Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury latest

Mason Mount does not start for Manchester United upon his return to former club Chelsea tonight, with Marcus Rashford joining him among the substitutes.

The midfielder returns to Stamford Bridge this evening for the first time since completing a £55million summer transfer to Man Utd and was seeking a first start since October, just days after scoring what looked to be an undeserved late winner against Brentford, before Kristoffer Ajer then gave the Bees a last-gasp equaliser.


"He's a fantastic football player but it's important first that he is getting and keeping fit because he has had three injuries,” United boss Ten Hag told reporters of Mount on Wednesday.

“Like with [Lisandro Martinez], another injury, you want to avoid it and we have to do this carefully. The first objective is to keep him fit. Then he can benefit and contribute to the team like he did on Saturday when he had a big impact.”

In a surprise move, Antony has been preferred over Rashford in the midfield three supporting Rasmus Hojlund.

United confirmed on Tuesday that Victor Lindelof was now facing at least four weeks out with a hamstring injury suffered against Brentford.

Argentine defender Martinez misses out against Chelsea after he suffered yet another setback with a calf strain in training, having made his first appearance for nearly two months off the bench on Saturday night. Raphael Varane has been passed fit to partner Harry Maguire.

Ten Hag is still without the likes of Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Anthony Martial, in addition to Martinez and Lindelof.

Confirmed team news

Chelsea XI: Petrovic, Gusto, Disasi, Badiashile, Cucurella, Caicedo, Fernandez, Palmer, Gallagher, Mudryk, Jackson

Subs: Thiago Silva, Sterling, Madueke, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Chukwuemeka, Casadei, Gilchrist, Tauriainen

Manchester United XI: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Mainoo, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Garnacho, Hojlund

Subs: Amrabat, Mount, Rashford, Eriksen, Diallo, Heaton, Evans, McTominay, Kambwala

Injured: Shaw, Martial, Malacia, Martinez, Lindelof

Time and date: 8:15pm BST on Thursday, April 4, 2024

Venue: Stamford Bridge

TV channel and live stream: TNT Sports