Chelsea will end Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the Premier League top four if they beat the Red Devils on Monday, says former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich. Chelsea are currently fourth in the table, four places and six points ahead of United. It would be the second consecutive season United miss out on the top four if they were to do so.
Bosnich, who played for both Chelsea and United, does not think it is a must-win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Stamford Bridge.
However, he says United cannot afford to lose the match and let the gap increase to nine points.
“I don’t think it’s win or bust, I do think perhaps you could probably lean towards lean or bust,” Bosnich told Sky Sports News.
“I just think it’s a must-not lose. I think the gap will be a little bit far to catch up if they do lose but not win or bust, no.
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“They’re not far off and Chelsea will be looking at this as well, obviously with Tottenham breathing down their necks, at home, they’ve both had the week’s break so it will be a very, very important game for both sides.
“For Chelsea and Frank Lampard they’ll be looking to put a little bit more breathing space between them and the chasing sides.
“In terms of Ole they’re not that far off at all and what a psychological boost it would become if they did happen to win at Stamford Bridge, especially with the signing of Bruno Fernandes.
“I think it’s a massive game for both sides for both those variety of reasons.”
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Both United and Chelsea have been on their winter breaks this week.
Chelsea decided to stay in England whereas United have travelled to Marbella.
Speaking from their training camp, Solskjaer said he was expecting to rotate his squad for the remainder of the campaign.
“It is a long season,” the former Norwegian striker said.
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“Overall, during every season, every team has injuries and we have been hit badly this year and we have felt the lack of numbers.
“But when everyone is back, the competition for every place is big and hopefully we will have two games every week.
“We want to go through in the Europa League, we want to go through in the FA Cup and of course the league is important, so we need players to rotate with.”
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