Mauricio Pochettino to consider three Chelsea changes and Christopher Nkunku call vs Man United

Mauricio Pochettino could make a number of changes for Chelsea as they travel up to Man United in the Premier League on Wednesday evening in a huge clash

Christopher Nkunku of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground

Chelsea returned to winning ways in dramatic fashion at the weekend as they beat Brighton 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. After the game, Mauricio Pochettino was visibly delighted with what he witnessed from his players but they have hardly time to reflect on the victory, with a short turnaround before they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Blues will make the trip up to the north west on Wednesday ahead of the all important clash. United lost last time out away at Newcastle United and before that, they capitulated in a 3-3 draw with Galatasaray to massively dent their hopes of progressing through their Champions League group.

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Erik ten Hag has come under increasing pressure with United once again underperforming this season. The Dutchman, though, will be looking to once again pile the pressure on Pochettino – such is the way of modern day football.

After seeing his team edge Brighton on Sunday afternoon, Pochettino may be tempted to go fairly similar in terms of personnel in Manchester. However, he will be forced to make at least one change to the starting lineup with Conor Gallagher suspended at Old Trafford.

Gallagher picked up two yellow cards in the first-half against Brighton meaning he now has to serve a one-match ban. Lesley Ugochukwu could come in for the England international with Romeo Lavia still not back from his long-term injury.

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Chelsea, though, will welcome two players back from their respective one-match suspensions, with Reece James and Marc Cucurella once again available for selection. James is likely to be recalled to the side, perhaps in place of Axel Disasi, who deputised at right-back at the weekend.

Levi Colwill could keep his place in the side after impressing at left-back against Brighton. Not only did the 20-year-old score his first Chelsea goal on Sunday but he also impressed with his overall performance, meaning Cucurella might be forced to wait as he returns from suspension.

Cole Palmer is also likely to return to the starting lineup. The 21-year-old started from the bench in the way over Brighton after picking up a minor knock in training earlier in the week. Palmer, though, did complete 39 minutes in the second-half.

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We could see Mykhailo Mudryk drop to the bench for the trip to Old Trafford. Mudryk won the penalty that Enzo Fernandez scored, in what turned out to be the decisive goal on Sunday, but the Ukraine international did not get himself involved as much in the game as he, or Pochettino, would have desired.

So we could well see the return of Palmer, in a front three alongside Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson. A midfield three behind consisting of Enzo, Moises Caicedo and Ugochukwu, with a defensive four of James, Thiago Silva, Benoit Badiashile and Colwill, with Robert Sanchez in goal.

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There is of course a chance that Christopher Nkunku could return to the squad with the Frenchman closer than ever to returning from his lengthy layoff. Nkunku has been sidelined with a serious knee injury since pre-season but is now extremely close to being considered for selection once again.

Even if he is fit enough to take part against Man United, it looks highly unlikely that Pochettino would risk the former RB Leipzig attacker from the start in what is expected to be a high-intensity encounter. If we could see him on the bench, though, that would be really encouraging. Even better if he comes on.

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