Harry Maguire has said Manchester United are aiming to put an end to Chelsea’s fine start to life under Thomas Tuchel, ahead of the two side’s meeting at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues are unbeaten since the German took charge at the end of the January, with six wins and two draws in all competitions, including their most recent 1-0 win ‘away’ against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
After reverting a back three, Chelsea have looked much more solid under their new manager than under his predecessor Frank Lampard, with only two goals conceded in his early tenure at the club, one of which was an own goal.
Such form has left the London club back in the race for a top-four spot, the Blues having the chance to leapfrog West Ham into fourth should they win against Manchester United this weekend.
The two sides played out a drab goalless draw at Old Trafford earlier this season, with an Edinson Cavani header one of few chances in a keenly contested game back in October.
United will be hoping to end their disappointing run against ‘big six’ sides this season, while also putting some daylight between themselves and the sides below scrambling for a Champions League place.
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A win for Chelsea would leave them just three points behind United, however, with Red Devils captain Maguire hoping his side can ‘spoil’ their opponent’s recent solid form.
“Obviously, Chelsea’s going to be a tough game but we went there last year and won and we’ll be looking to do that again,” Maguire told manunited.com.
“They’re keeping their position very nicely and build up really well and [are] not conceding many goals, so it’s a good start [for them]. We’re hoping to spoil that.”
The England international did however praise how the Blues have reacted to the change in manager, although he admitted he was more concerned with his own side.
“It’s a great reaction [to the change],” said Maguire. “They’re a great group of players with tons of talent and they’re starting to gel, starting to tick, but we’ve got to look at ourselves, first and foremost.
“We go into the game full of confidence, full of belief. We’ll make sure we play to the ability of what we’re capable of and go and get the three points.”