3 reasons why Chelsea vs. Manchester United is a must-watch originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The 2020-21 Premier League season is still in its toddler stages, but both Chelsea and Manchester United have not begun their domestic campaigns the way they would've liked.
Chelsea currently sits in eighth place in the table with eight points on the season (five matches played). They've drawn in two of their last three league matches, sandwiched with a victory over Crystal Palace.
Manchester United is a lot further down the table, as they currently are in 15th, albeit playing one fewer match (four) than most clubs have to date (five). However, the club is coming off a big victory over PSG in the UEFA Champions League group stage and has plenty of confidence entering Saturday's match.
Here are three reasons to watch Chelsea vs. Manchester United, Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
1. Christian Pulisic is back and fully healthy for Chelsea.
The United States Men's National Team star is back from injury, as he's started Chelsea's last two matches and impressed. Earlier this week, Pulisic said he feels fully healthy and is ready to go for the Blues come Saturday.
"Fitness-wise I feel great. I'm getting back to where I was," Pulisic said, via CBS Sports. "I feel strong, I feel like I can play 90 minutes and yeah, I'm happy."
Perhaps no player had a better finish to the Premier League restart last season than Pulisic, who put his limitless potential on display during The Blues' final stretch of the season.
For any American soccer fan, Pulisic is must-see television. Hop on the hype-train now, not when it's the in thing to do when he inevitably scores a hat trick in the 2022 World Cup.
2. Can Manchester United build off its impressive victory over Paris Saint-Germain?
As aforementioned, Manchester United has not begun the Premier League season the way they would have liked. They won't finish the 2020-21 campaign nearly that low in the table, but they must begin to pick things up soon.
Perhaps the Red Devils can build some confidence off their mid-week victory over PSG in the Champions League group stage. Despite just having 39% possession, Man U still had as many shots (14) as the French side and had more shots on goal (14 to 9). An 87th-minute strike by Marcus Rashford gave the club a big three points to begin the competition.
In recent years, we've seen Manchester United fail to parlay momentum from one game to another. Usually, the storied club reverts back to its troubling ways after an impressive victory. We'll see if that's the case come Sunday.
3. Which version of Thiago Silva will Chelsea get?
Thiago Silva arrived at the London side this summer on a free transfer, with Chelsea unsure how effective the 36-year-old defender would be.
Through the early stages of the Premier League, it's been a mixed bag for Silva. He's had some impressive moments that prove he's still a near-world class defender, but his blunder against West Brom in his debut is one no one will soon forget.
However, in games that Chelsea has paired Silva with Edouard Mendy in net, Chelsea has yet to allow a goal. If both do start for the Blues on Saturday, it'll be interesting to see how they fare against the Manchester United attack.
There's plenty to watch in this Saturday's Premier League clash. Be sure to tune in to NBC at 12:30 p.m. to catch all the action.