Ryan Giggs believes Chelsea’s failure to establish a solid centre-back pairing could spell trouble for Frank Lampard’s side at Old Trafford – but he admits Manchester United have had a similar ‘problem’ with their defence this season.
The Red Devils head into the heavyweight Premier League clash on the back of a stunning 2-1 away to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will fancy their chances on home soil this weekend.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were held to a goalless stalemate by Sevilla on Tuesday night, with summer signing Edouard Mendy providing the moment of the match with a top save to deny Nemanja Gudelj early on at Stamford Bridge.
United legend Giggs is hopeful about his former club’s chances but warns Solskjaer’s players that another loss could be catastrophic after worrying defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace already this term.
‘We’ve got to back up these good performances now and go on a run,’ Giggs told the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel.
‘Because of the Spurs game, because of the Palace game, we can’t really afford any more slip-ups.
‘I think we’re in good form.’
Giggs feels United can expose Chelsea’s vulnerabilities at the back if they are able to nullify the attacking threat of the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
Asked whether it’s a good time to face Chelsea, Giggs replied: ‘Chelsea are a weird team.
‘They’ve had a clean sheet, they’re a dangerous side going forward but obviously you can get at them at the back.
‘As long as we negate their offensive options then I think we’ll score goals.’
He added: ‘It’s a similar problem that we’ve got really.
‘Them centre-halves, we’ve seen it through the years – [Gary] Pallister and [Steve] Bruce, [Nemanja] Vidic and [Rio] Ferdinand – you’ve got to have that solidity at the back and then it goes through the team.
‘Frank looks like he’s got the same problem as us, he can’t get that partnership quite right.’
‘You don’t want to be chopping and changing your goalkeeper so it’ll be interesting to see who he goes with,’ Giggs said.
‘I think he probably will go with Mendy after the clean sheet.’