Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Chelsea FC

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's home clash with Chelsea FC on Sunday afternoon

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to claim a solid 2-0 victory over Chelsea FC in the Premier League showdown at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game fresh from their 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Manchester United played out a goalless draw with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League tie in Spain on Wednesday night.

Manchester United will now be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they host Chelsea FC, with Jose Mourinho’s men having lost two of their last three games in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League table but they head into this weekend’s round of fixtures just two points ahead of third-placed Liverpool FC.

However, despite their unconvincing form of late, former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Red Devils claim all three points with a comfortable victory against Antonio Conte’s men.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “It is going to be very interesting to see the team that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho picks, and watch the way they play.

“I was in Spain to watch United in the Champions League on Wednesday and there is no doubt that Mourinho was more worried about the opposition than opposite number Vincenzo Montella was about United.

“When you look at United, their two full-backs are basically wingers and they have got loads of attacking options but it appears Mourinho is just reluctant to let them loose.

“Consequently, United do not have enough attacking intent – they do not move the ball quickly enough, they don’t break quickly enough or get enough people forward – and they are not an easy watch at the moment.

“Chelsea have issues too, of course, which is why I think United will win on Sunday.

“The Blues have got some outstanding players and put in a really good performance against Barcelona on Tuesday but there is something not quite right with them at the moment.

“I don’t trust them to play the way they did against Barca every week, and I do not see them repeating their win over United in November.”

Manchester United are aiming to at least finish in the top four this season after the Red Devils ended up in sixth place in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge.

Chelsea FC will also be seeking Champions League qualification following their Premier League title triumph last term.

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