Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer has given Chelsea three ways they can exploit Manchester United when they travel to Old Trafford for their midweek Premier League clash tomorrow night.

The Blues will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for just the second time this season under Mauricio Pochettino, who has struggled to keep his side consistent amid a severe injury crisis within the squad. With his team currently sat in 10th, the Argentinian will be missing ten players for the match, including vice captain Ben Chilwell and duo Noni Madueke and Lesley Ugochukwu who were ruled out after the 3-2 win over Brighton over the weekend.

They’ve picked up minor injuries and will recover back at Cobham alongside Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku, who are both not being chanced against the Red Devils. Pochettino believes that it’d be best to make sure they’re fully fit in order to maximise their impact and hopes they’ll be back ‘very soon’.

“No [Nkunku won’t be available]. I think it is like we always tell you, it’s about assessing day by day. Sometimes we become excited when we see on the pitch and we want to have the player as soon as possible.

“I think we need to be careful and of course when he is ready he is going to be really strong. Romeo is doing well also but like Christopher is not going to be involved.”

But despite that, there have been positives for the Blues in recent weeks – the upturn in form has often been centred around summer signing Cole Palmer who has been pivotal to the success of Pochettino’s squad. Raheem Sterling has often played a big role also, with the pair combining for nine of the team’s 25 goals this campaign.

It’s in the wide areas that Shearer believes the Blues can exploit their opponents on Wednesday night the most. Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Shearer pointed out the overlaps from Newcastle United in their 1-0 win over Erik ten Hag’s side last weekend, and pointed out how they were unable to handle them, in particular with little to no tracking back from their attacking players.

He said: “They [Newcastle] absolutely battered Man United in wide areas. [Kieran] Trippier and [Tino] Livramento were sensational against [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka and [Diogo] Dalot.

“In their defence, they got no help whatsoever from [Alejandro] Garnacho and [Marcus] Rashford. Rashford didn’t look at it at all – didn’t look interested. It happened so many times. Newcastle created so many chances and they should have had many goals.

“For me, there are too many bad eggs in that Man United team. Too many bad attitudes. It’s alright when things are going well for you, you can get your feet on the ball, play and pick your head up when things are nice and rosy.

“When it’s not going for you, when you’re a bit tired and you’ve got to roll your sleeves up, there’s not enough characters in that team.”