Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson is fully expecting to see Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to take another step closer towards winning the Premier League title this season by beating Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Blues have had a full week to prepare for the crunch clash at Old Trafford after their 3-1 win over Bournemouth last Saturday.

Manchester United, meanwhile, head into the game on the back of their frustrating 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night.

Chelsea are flying seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they look to win the title in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge at the club.

And former Liverpool star Lawrenson is fully expecting to see Chelsea claim all three points with a comfortable win at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Manchester United are in action on Thursday in the Europa League and are struggling for numbers a little bit.

“Chelsea, meanwhile, have had the week off after their win at Bournemouth last weekend – this where not being in European competition makes a massive difference.

“With United boss Jose Mourinho saying his side’s best chance of making the Champions League is by winning the Europa League, you would expect him to play his strongest side against Anderlecht, who they play either side of this game.

“I was tempted to go for a draw but, because of United’s schedule, I am going to back Chelsea to take another step towards the title.”

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Manchester United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification in Jose Mourinho’s first season at the club.

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