Chelsea vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups as Cristiano Ronaldo left out

Diminished and now dropped, Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Man United is all but over

Ronaldo’s latest act of petulance and the news the 37-year-old has been banished from the United squad spells a messy end to a regrettable reunion, writes Richard Jolly

Chelsea vs Man Utd early team news and predicted line-ups

Conor Gallagher has recovered from illness so Chelsea’s squad is similar to the one that travelled to Brentford, with Reece James, Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante out. Thiago Silva should start after being rested in midweek, along with Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Manchester United will be without Ronaldo as well as Anthony Martial, who is yet to return from his latest injury setback. It would not be a surprise to see Ten Hag name the same team that defeated Spurs, but Christian Eriksen could return if the manager opts for a change in midfield.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Antony; Rashford

No Ronaldo for Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea in the Premier League this evening after he was dropped by manager Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo has been punished by the United manager following his actions in the 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday, where the forward stormed down the tunnel before full time after refusing to come on as a late substitute.

It took the attention off what had been United’s best performance of the season so far, and Ten Hag’s side will look to build on that display at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Chelsea vs Manchester United

There are two games taking place in the Premier League at the minute. Everton are taking on Crystal Palace with Manchester City hosting Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

Everton lead 1-0 at Goodison Park after Dominic Calvert-Lewin sent the Toffees ahead and it’s the Erling Haaland show in Manchester with the Norwegian putting City 2-0 up at half-time.

Our focus is on the late kick off though where Chelsea are readying to host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. This is a big clash near the top of the table with the winner ending the day inside the top four.

FT Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaking to BT Sport after the match: “The performance I can kind of explain, the result not to be honest. I never saw a game where one team has four or five no-brainers from a set piece where we have to finish it off. The way they defend we were perfectly prepared for that. We had to put the game to bed to be perfectly honest.

“The goal we conceded was a big mistake from us. We lose the ball and give them the free-kick and this can happen around set pieces. Apart from that, all the chances they had we gave them. We had to make really late changes and in general a lot of changes and it’s a game you have to win doing the right stuff again and again and again and we didn’t. That’s why we stand here and have lost the game.

“We arrived with consistency but we had six games with a limited squad playing three high intense games. That’s how it is, we cannot change that and we have to fight through. Result-wise we should have showed consistency today. We could have had it by finishing situations off.

“Giving a team six clear chances after a set piece I’m not sure where I should put the praise to be honest. They are a great team and Steve is a great manager but for us today we have to win here and we didn’t, so credit to Nottingham.”

Nottingham Forest stun Liverpool to move off bottom of Premier League

Nottingham Forest ended their 10-game winless streak in style as Taiwo Awoniyi returned to haunt former club Liverpool and stop their Premier League revival.

Awoniyi was on the books at Anfield for six years without ever playing for them, but showed Jurgen Klopp what he was all about, securing a famous 1-0 win that lifts Forest off the bottom of the table after his second-half goal.

Forest beat Liverpool at the City Ground in their first ever Premier League match 30 years ago and this victory will be just as memorable as it is their first three points since August and will provide hope that they can make a fist of their return to the big time after picking up just three points from their last 27 available.

This was a thoroughly deserved success born out of aggression, energy and desire that at times Klopp’s men could not handle.

Nottingham Forest stun Liverpool to move off bottom of Premier League

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool: Taiwo Awoniyi’s goal against his former club was enough for a first win since August

FT Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool’s James Milner spoke to BT Sport after the match and said: “Obviously we didn’t perform how we wanted to. We had a lot of chances to score goals and didn’t take them. We weren’t alive enough for the second balls and we didn’t create enough chances.

“Ali [Alisson Becker] has made a lot of good saves and we could have defender better. We did everything we wanted to do other than put the ball in the back of the net.

“That’s where are. Games come thick and fast. You’ve got tonight to be disappointed but we have to shake it off and go again.”

FT Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool have lost three of their 11 Premier League games in 2022/23, one more than they’d lost in the whole of the 2021/22 campaign (two from 38).

FT Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

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