Right winger: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea
The future is cloudy right now for Hudson-Odoi. He started this season well and looked to be a stalwart in any Frank Lampard-coached side. Now, since Tuchel’s appointment, CHO has changed positions, been substituted as a substitute and been publicly chastised by his manager. All of this has left a lot more questions than answers. Against United, Hudson-Odoi will have a very important role to play. As I mentioned, he will be attacking Shaw as the right wingback and should be able to utilize his speed advantage to the fullest. Defensively, though, Hudson-Odoi will be responsible for keeping Marcus Rashford at bay, which is easier said than done. His performance on Sunday will have a huge impact on the match’s outcome.
Striker: Timo Werner, Chelsea
Even without the goals, Timo Werner is starting to make his presence felt at Stamford Bridge. The German striker has played well as a left forward behind Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham in recent weeks, contributing a goal against Newcastle and an assist against Sheffield United. Most importantly, though, it looks like his confidence is starting to grow.
Despite these good performances, Werner does need to improve his goal tally if he is to be considered an effective striker for the Blues. He has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, which is less than both Abraham and Giroud. Perhaps it will take a full year for Werner to fully adapt to life in England, but another season with these few goals is simply unacceptable.
Left winger: Marcus Rashford, Manchester United
Ah, Saint Marcus. Whether he is motoring past defenders and scoring fantastic goals or guaranteeing food for the underprivileged children of Manchester, it is impossible to hate this guy. He is undoubtedly the Red Devils’ most dangerous attacking threat, meaning the right side of the Chelsea defense needs to be on high alert come Sunday.
Rashford has been in the form of his life so far this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists, as well. A big motivation for his play is likely the upcoming European Championships, in which Rashford will have a key role for the English national team, whether in the first XI or as a sub. He will have to compete with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane for a starting spot, so do not be surprised to see Rashford up his game even more as the summer draws nearer.
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