news and transfers from Helsea LIVE: Jackson caution, Nkunku return hint, Pochettino sack claim

Chelsea took on Manchester United last night at Old Trafford as part of their hectic Premier League schedule. The Blues managed to stay in ninth place because of two braces from Scott McTominay, which came either side of Cole Palmer’s effort, despite Bruno Fernandes’ early missed penalty.

A few weeks remain until the January transfer market opens, so teams elsewhere will be preparing for potential new additions. Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen has been mentioned as a potential center-back, and moves including Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney to strengthen the front lines have also been rumored.

 

Chelsea confirm new Mauricio Pochettino captain decision vs Man United for the ‘next John Terry’

Chelsea have confirmed that defender Levi Colwill will captain the side in their clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. It comes following confusion surrounding which player will take the armband for a huge tie between the two teams.

Reece James was named the new club captain earlier this year, but injury worries have seen him very rarely take that role so far this campaign. His return from an absence has seen him take on that responsibility, but a recent red card against Newcastle brought up questions surrounding him.

Conor Gallagher was named captain as his replacement, but he also saw red and it was two captains sent off in as many games for Pochettino. That has seen some questions over whether there is a discipline problem for the west London outfit, who also have the most yellow cards in the Premier League.

Many assumed that following his one-game suspension, James would return to right-back and take the captaincy once again when his side faced Man United on Wednesday. That wasn’t the case though, with the England international only named on the bench as Pochettino looks to protect him from further injuries.

 

Mauricio Pochettino sent a clear Chelsea transfer warning as Christopher Nkunku’s point made

Chelsea suffered yet another defeat in the Premier League last night after losing 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was a ‘fair result’ with the Blues failing to capitalize on most of the good chances they created – raising questions marks again about the impact of Nicolas Jackson and Mykhailo Mudryk in the attack.

Despite spending over £ 1 billion on the senior squad since becoming co-owners, there hasn’t been a clear sign of progression under Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Speaking after the game, Pochettino was questioned about Chelsea’s position in the table given the investment they’ve made into the squad.

“Football is about to perform and show the reality on the pitch,” the Argentine said. “We are a project and we are not going to change what we were saying from the beginning of the season.

“It is difficult. Even with all of the players fit, we knew it would be difficult but when you have half of the squad out and they cannot help to increase the level, it is difficult also.

“It is difficult to talk because it is unfair. That is the reality and we need to improve the player, like we were talking about, improve the player that arrives with massive pressure to perform, it is about time.

“A few days ago we were talking about a fantastic performance, all going well and today because we don’t get what we wanted here, we will not change our speech now. We need to be calm, keep going working and for sure try to help the team to improve and be more competitive and consistent when the players we have outside can be with us and be part of the squad.”

Chelsea were gutless at Old Trafford as they were beaten 2-1 to an out-of-sorts Manchester United side. A double from Scott McTominay was enough to sink the Blues in a disappointing performance from the visitors in the northwest.

Going into the game Chelsea had been without a league win at Old Trafford since May 2013. And the Blues were very close to going behind in Manchester within the first ten minutes.

After Enzo Fernandez was deemed to foul Antony, Robert Sanchez was called upon and produced a brilliant save from the penalty spot to deny Bruno Fernandes. Sanchez guessed the correct way and pulled off a superb one-handed stop that led to a huge roar from the away end.

It was indeed a very busy start to the game for Sanchez. The Spaniard was then forced to make saves from Alejandro Garnacho and Antony not too long after to keep Chelsea level at Old Trafford.

 

Nkunku, Lavia, Madueke – Chelsea injury news and return dates after Man United clash

Chelsea continued their push in the Premier League in midweek as they made the trip to Manchester United following on from their victory over Brighton. They were under pressure early on as the hosts were given a penalty, but Bruno Fernandes’ effort was denied by Robert Sanchez.

United found the opening shortly after, though, as Harry Maguire’s blocked shot fell to the feet of Scott McTominay, who buried his opportunity. While the Blues had struggled, Cole Palmer dragged his side level by working an opening and firing past Andre Onana just before the halfway mark.

That wasn’t enough to kick on and earn a win though as the Red Devils continued to push and eventually took the lead once again. McTominay completed a brace in front of the Old Trafford crowd, which was enough to earn them all three points and leave Chelsea with none.

Chelsea’s next five fixtures as Man United defeat damages Champions League hopes

Chelsea would have been hopeful that a charge toward a Champions League place was on the cards following an impressive upturn in recent results. The next challenge that followed was a trip to Old Trafford to take on fellow challengers Manchester United, with both managers under pressure.

An early Bruno Fernandes penalty miss would have brought some panic to the home side, but that was alleviated shortly after by Scott McTominay. Despite the dominance from the Red Devils, Cole Palmer brought the game level just before the halfway mark with an individual effort.

The Blues still found themselves under immense pressure, though, as McTominay doubled his tally on the night and gave his side the lead once more. It would prove to be a costly goal as United went on to win the game, denting Chelsea’s chances of a Champions League finish.

With a very busy fixture schedule ahead, here’s a look at Chelsea’s next five and how they compare to their rivals.

 

Manchester United verdict

Chelsea were gutless at Old Trafford as they were beaten 2-1 to an out-of-sorts Manchester United side. That was the verdict of football. london’s Chelsea writer Bobby Vincent as he dismantled the Blues’ performance away at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

 

Chelsea players celebrate with goalkeeper Robert Sanchez after he denied Bruno Fernandes from the penalty spot (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

 

Jackson blame

Ally McCoist has aimed at Chelsea star Nicolas Jackson for his role in Manchester United’s first goal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Blues fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Red Devils, with a disappointing performance to show for their efforts.

Scott McTominay celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Chelsea (Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

 

Nkunku injury return hint

Chelsea star Levi Colwill has teased supporters once again by claiming his side will only improve once Christopher Nkunku makes his return from injury. The forward joined with plenty of anticipation in the summer from RB Leipzig, having won the Bundesliga Golden Boot in the previous season.

 

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