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Manchester United fans react as Chelsea suffer Champions League qualification blow

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Chelsea have slipped to a 3-0 defeat against Sheffield United which has opened the door for Manchester United in the Premier League top four race

Manchester United fans have labelled Monday’s meeting with Southampton as a must-win game as Chelsea slipped to a defeat against Sheffield United.

United are embroiled in an intense battle for the final two spots in the Premier League top four and Champions League qualification with Chelsea and Leicester City, who both currently sit above them.

However, Frank Lampard’s side lost their second match in four games as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday which has opened the door for United to finally steal an advantage in the race.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side play Southampton on Monday and a victory would take them above Chelsea and give them a one-point advantage going into the final three games of the season.

United are in great form and haven’t lost in 17 games, but now the pressure is on them to get a result against Southampton and fans are desperate for them to keep the streak going.

Southampton could prove to be tricky opposition, however, as they haven’t lost in three games themselves and beat Manchester City in their last outing at St. Mary’s. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned United that they won’t be fearing them despite their great form.

Hasenhuttl said: “They have at the moment an unbelievable run and this is exactly what we like the most because then we can see how good we are and we can go into this challenge and be competitive against such an opponent.

“This is exactly the challenge we need. If we want to get better, we need to challenges against such teams. We can learn a lot.

“I think against Manchester City we learned a lot about how good they are in possession and what they can do – we need these games.

“I once said that if you want to be lion then you have to fight with lions, and I think this is exactly what we are looking for.”

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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