The Blues remain top of the pile with 29 points from their opening 12 games, whereas Michael Carrick’s side sit seven places and 12 points below the European champions.
Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea – the only team to record a shutout in more consecutive league games against the Blues is Newcastle United, who did six in a row between 1913 and 1919.
Chelsea are winless in their last seven Premier League games against Man Utd, only having a longer run without a league win against the Red Devils once before (10 games between 1938 and 1950).
In all competitions, Manchester United have won three of their last four away games against Chelsea (D1), having won just three of their previous 25 visits to Stamford Bridge before this.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League away games in London (W7 D4), winning each of their last three in a row. They last won four consecutive league visits to the capital between May and November 2005.
This is the fifth time Chelsea have hosted Manchester United in a Premier League game when starting the day as the league leaders. The Blues have won three of the previous four (L1), going on to win the title in the season of each of the three victories (2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15).
Manchester United Team News:
Harry Maguire saw red in the humiliation at Vicarage Road and will not be available here, with Raphael Varane’s injury allowing Eric Bailly the chance to earn a rare start in defense.
Paul Pogba remains out for the long term, and doubts persist over Fred, Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and the COVID-positive Mason Greenwood, although Jadon Sancho will aim to hold his spot on the right regardless after finally opening his United account in midweek.
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford started on the bench against Villarreal, but both players will surely rejoin their teammates in the final third as Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial drop out.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo