Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man Utd v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson is not expecting Manchester United's clash with Chelsea to be entertaining...

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Mark Lawrenson is expecting Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea to be a dull affair – and is tipping the game to finish as a 1-1 draw.

The Blues head to Old Trafford looking to return to winning ways after they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by Watford in what was Guus Hiddink’s first game in charge following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

United, meanwhile, will be desperate to turn around their disastrous run of form, with Louis van Gaal’s men having slipped to their third straight Premier League defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day.

The Red Devils are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table, while Chelsea are languishing down in 15th following their disastrous start to the new campaign.

And former Liverpool man Lawrenson is not expecting to be entertained at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “I’ve never known such a fuss about a game where both sides are so poor. If you look at the history of the Premier League this should be one of the games of the season but instead it will be dull, dull, dull.

“Louis van Gaal’s problem now is that he has no defence. Literally. When he came in he said that he would make Manchester United difficult to beat but right now everyone is rolling them over. It’s a strange situation. Jose Mourinho is in the background but is he really a Manchester United manager? I can’t see it.

“How will Van Gaal play this game? He will be safety first, everyone will sit in and they can’t really buy a goal at the moment. He is not playing well at the moment but Wayne Rooney will have to come back in, why you would drop him for a game like Stoke away I have no idea.

“The Van Gaal story will roll on and on but this looks like a bore draw to me.”

MORE: The latest Man Utd news and views

MORE: The latest Man Utd player tweets

United have only won three of their last 10 Premier League games.


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Gary Neville sends blunt message to Jurgen Klopp about Liverpool FC defence
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger hails ‘exceptional’ Arsenal star: He’s agile, quick and intelligent
The Sport Review
Owen Hargreaves sends warning to Man United about Victor Lindelof