Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Man United
The Liverpool FC legend is backing Chelsea FC to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.
The Blues will be eager to make amends following their humbling experience at The Etihad in their last Premier League fixture.
Manchester City were resounding 6-0 winners against Chelsea FC to subject the west London side to their heaviest Premier League defeat.
Chelsea FC have lost three of their last four Premier League games to heap pressure on Maurizio Sarri.
The Blues managed to bounce back in the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to 2-1 away win at Malmo in the first leg of their last-32 clash.
Manchester United’s 11-game unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to an end at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in the second half secured a 2-0 win for Paris Saint-Germain to leave Manchester United with a tough task in the second leg at Parc des Princes.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea FC to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup clash to secure their spot in the quarter-final draw.
“It is going to be interesting to see how United’s interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to his first defeat, because he has had an outstanding run,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“On the back of that result come two big games – this one and the home league match against Liverpool next weekend. Those games become huge for him, because they are so important for United’s season.
“Yes, I know people keep pointing at different games and saying that they are the true test for Solskjaer, but that kind of pressure goes with the job.
“PSG in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the league are the type of games United managers are judged on, temporary or not. If he loses all three, then of course people will start questioning him.
“Now, everyone is looking at him and asking if he and his players can forget the PSG game and go to Chelsea and win, which is never easy regardless of who is in charge at Stamford Bridge.
“I am actually going to go with Chelsea to get through. That might sound bizarre after what I have just said about them, but that is just the way things are with them at the moment.
“Let’s not forget Chelsea do have some extremely good players, and I do think they can cause United some problems.”
Chelsea FC are in sixth place in the Premier League table to leave Sarri’s side with an uphill battle to overhaul fourth-placed Manchester United in the top-four race.