The final match of the 5th round of this season’s FA Cup sees Chelsea welcoming Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18.
The caretaker manager said: “It’s a chance for anyone who plays, if it’s Alexis or Romelu or who starts or [Tahith] Chong or Angel [Gomes].
Assistant coach Zola said: “We know that it’s a crucial moment. It’s very challenging, I think the key will be to face each task by only thinking about that task.
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have been ruled out for up to three weeks after suffering muscle injuries in the first half against PSG. While it serves as a huge blow, it provides an opportunity for forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to rediscover their goalscoring touch. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are the other two absentees because of minor injuries in the United camp.
In Chelsea’s corner, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is doubtful to start the match as he has sustained back injury. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri though is expected to go with a near full strength team on February 18 night, meaning Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to settle for a place on the bench. Ross Barkley will hope to keep his place in the team after scoring against Malmao.
Chelsea XI (formation: 4-3-3): Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Luiz, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
Manchester United XI (formation: 4-3-1-2): Romero, Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku
Head-to-Head (last 6 matches)
Manchester United: 2