Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made five changes from the side that lost to Manchester City in midweek for Sunday's visit of Chelsea.

Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic return in midfield, while Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku are named in attack. Eric Bailly, who has not started a Premier League game since February 3, is also recalled in defence.

Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Fred – who all started the 2-0 defeat to City – are missing from the squad all together.  

Chelsea, meanwhile, make four changes from the side that drew with Burnley on Monday. Antonio Rudiger returns in defence, while there are recalls for Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic and Willian.

Danny Rose, Chris Smalling and Troy Deeney are among the Premier League players who will boycott social media for 24 hours as part of a Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) initiative to take a stand against racism. 

The PFA's #Enough campaign will encourage players in England and Wales to refrain from using their personal accounts between 09:00 GMT on Friday until the same time the following day. 

Rose was racially abused during last month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro alongside England team-mates Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the Tottenham full-back recently said he "can't wait to see the back of football". 

In the past week Arsenal and Chelsea both condemned supporters who allegedly abused Kalidou Koulibaly and Mohamed Salah respectively and the proliferation of such incidents has persuaded the PFA to act. 

"When I said that I can't wait to see the back of football, it is because of the racism that I, and many other players, have been subjected to our entire careers," Rose said. "Football has a problem with racism.

"I don't want any future players to go through what I've been through in my career. Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse." 

The PFA has also pledged to continue its work with the Football Association and apply more pressure to governing bodies FIFA and UEFA through the international players' union FIFPro. 

Manchester United centre-back Smalling said: "Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just 'part of the game' but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.

"I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human. 

"As a patron of a youth education charity it is my duty to use my platform as a voice for all, regardless of background. We have to take a greater stand against discrimination of all kinds." 

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, Arsenal forward Danielle Carter and Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa also launched the PFA campaign alongside Deeney, the Watford forward who was targeted by racist messages alongside team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele after scoring in his team's dramatic FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves. 

"My team-mates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch," Deeney said. 

"Any racism in football is too much, and it's essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it. 

"On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players - or anyone else - whether from the crowd or online, that we won't tolerate it within football."

Deeney added: "The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism – enough is enough." 

Lionel Messi could be rested against Huesca after a challenge by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was compared by Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde to being hit by a train.

Messi was left with a swollen eye and a bloody nose after being caught in the face by Smalling's elbow during the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Barcelona captain completed the match, which Valverde's side won 1-0, but he could sit out their trip to LaLiga strugglers Huesca.

Strike partner Luis Suarez, though, should be available for Saturday's game despite appearing to be struggling in the closing stages at Old Trafford, while Ousmane Dembele is back from a torn hamstring.

Smalling, who was not punished during the game, said his clash with Messi was an accident, while former United manager Jose Mourinho said the incident happened because the defender has "tall arms".

Valverde, though, said the clash could result in Messi being given the weekend off ahead of United's visit to Camp Nou for the second leg.

"It is possible that Messi rests, the blow was strong, as if a train runs over you," Valverde told reporters on Friday. "I spoke with him and it is a possibility."

On Suarez, he added: "He's fine, but at the end of the matches there are always problems that then appear, but we see him well, it was a very intense game, it's normal.

"Tomorrow is important for [Ousmane] Dembele, not in terms of being important for the Manchester United game. We need to really focus on getting the three points we need. I know focus can turn to games like ones at Old Trafford but we have to maintain our mental focus on the next game.

Valverde has been adamant it is too early to talk up Barca's treble chances, despite last weekend's victory over Atletico Madrid giving them an 11-point cushion in LaLiga.

His side are also through to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they will face Valencia, while winning at Old Trafford gives the Catalan club the advantage over United in their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time since 2015.

"I think last season we were also in the same position at the same stage and we won two trophies [LaLiga and Copa del Rey]," said Valverde. "But we haven't won any at the moment. We'll be happy with one, happy with two and ecstatic if we win three.

"Circumstances are what they are, there may be changes tomorrow but we do not forget that we have 10 points left to be champions. No matter how much we think it is won, it is not."

Barca beat Atleti after Diego Costa was sent off after clashing with match referee Jesus Gil Manzano.

The striker has been banned for eight matches by the Royal Spanish Football Federation: four for foul-mouthed comments made towards the referee and another four for grabbing the official's arm.

Diego Simeone labelled the ban "excessive" and Valverde also expressed surprise at the scale of Costa's punishment, which is a further blow to Atletico's already slim hopes of catching Barca.

"It's a considerable suspension. I think it's four for one incident. four for another," Valverde added. "I thought it would be four as something similar happened with [Gerard] Pique and he missed four games. Eight games, I'm not sure of the rules but it's a big suspension."

Chris Smalling insists there is no ill feeling between him and Lionel Messi after their collision during Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Messi was left bruised and bloodied in Barca's 1-0 victory at Old Trafford after taking a blow to the face in a robust challenge from the United defender.

Smalling, though, says the two spoke after the game and assured there is no animosity.

"We spoke afterwards. We had a brief chat and shook hands," Smalling told BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast.

"He knew it was an accident. I didn't realise at the time that I'd actually caught him like that.

"[Luis] Suarez [came up to me] after the game as well. We had a good tussle and he just shook my hand afterwards and said, 'Good luck.'

"It's nice when you can have that battle on the pitch and then there's respect after the game because, ultimately, you are just trying to do your best."

United travel to Barcelona on Tuesday for the second leg.

Chris Smalling is "just a tall guy with tall arms" as Jose Mourinho played down the Manchester United defender's clash with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the Champions League.

Messi was left bruised and blooded in Barca's 1-0 first-leg quarter-final victory at Old Trafford after taking a blow on Wednesday.

The Barca captain – who was uncharacteristically quiet – was struck as Smalling attempted to win the ball ahead of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner midweek in Manchester.

"That situation with Smalling and Messi is nothing. It happens," former United manager Mourinho said during his appearance on RT.

"He's just a tall guy with tall arms. I don't think he has that intention. But they thought about him. And they have to think about him."

Mourinho added: "I don't know if they did or if it was Messi who decided to be quiet. I think a little bit of both. United were positively aggressive."

"By the defensive point of view, they [United] were good, keeping a lot of people behind the ball. But again, there are two legs, you will have to go away in the second game," Mourinho continued.

"If it was a group phase, where one point would be a positive result... They could, because Barcelona never killed the game."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players not to focus solely on the formidable threat posed by Lionel Messi when Barcelona visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Argentinian superstar has once again been in imperious form this season, scoring 43 goals in 40 games across all competitions.

Messi is undoubtedly Barca's most potent weapon but Solskjaer wants his side to be aware that LaLiga's leaders have match-winners all over the pitch.

Speaking at his media conference ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg, Solskjaer said: "He's a fantastic player and he will go down in history as one of the best individual players ever.

"He will be difficult to stop but it is never impossible. It's not like it's Messi against Manchester United – it's [Luis] Suarez, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Ivan] Rakitic and [Arturo] Vidal.

"There's so many good players, we cannot just focus on one player. We know we have to play against 11 of them.

"This season we've played against Juventus and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain with [Kylian] Mbappe, Chelsea and [Eden] Hazard.

"Suarez, Coutinho and Messi will keep our defenders on their toes, so let's see how we manage."

Chris Smalling is likely to be tasked with stopping Messi and the United defender is licking his lips at the prospect of facing the 31-year-old.

"It's something to relish, I think," he said.

"This season I've been lucky enough to face Ronaldo and Mbappe and they're challenges that I think I definitely relish and I think players at this club relish. I say bring it on."

Manchester United players cheered when the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals pitted them against Barcelona, according to defender Chris Smalling.

United stunned European football when getting past Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 as they progressed on away goals after drawing 3-3 on aggregate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men became the first team to overturn a deficit of two or more goals in a home first leg of a Champions League tie and progress, with Marcus Rashford's controversial late penalty in Paris ultimately proving decisive in the 3-1 victory at the Parc des Princes.

The draw for the last eight was not kind to United, handing them a two-legged tie against Barca.

But Smalling is adamant that is the sort of contest United players wanted.

"All our draws this season – be it FA Cup or Champions League – we don't have the easy draws, and we thrive off playing big teams like that," the centre-back told United's official magazine.

"After the PSG game, we know that we can go away to the big teams and get results. We're just looking forward to it. Let's take it on.

"We were warming up on the bikes in the gym [during the draw]. Normally we do 10 minutes on the bike and then we do some gym activation, but I think we stayed on the bikes for maybe 20 minutes just because we saw the draw was on the TV.

"We were all excited. As soon as it came out, we were all happy. We cheered and then we got on with training, but at least we knew who was in front of us.

"When the draw was made, you think, 'I want to play against teams like this'. I was injured or just coming back from being injured for the first game [against PSG], so it was nice to be able to test yourself against the best, and I think PSG are one of the best teams in the world."

United welcome Barca to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested he could drop Paul Pogba into a deeper midfield role to help Manchester United control matches better, after watching his side scrape a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.

United marked their first game since Solskjaer was named their new permanent manager with a narrow victory over the Hornets at Old Trafford, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Pogba has thrived more than most at Old Trafford since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, but the France star was largely anonymous in a game in that Watford largely dominated but were kept at bay by the impressive Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Mourinho was often criticised for not giving Pogba enough licence to attack from midfield, but Solskjaer has now hinted at replicating the deep role he often plays for France in order to get him on the ball more often.

"We started so slow and sloppy," he said. "You could see we've had players out with injuries. It's one of them first games after the international break: you're looking forward to them, but you know they could be a potential banana skin.

"Watford are a good side, they didn't have that many players away and they deserved to take the lead. But after we scored - great goal, by the way - I thought in the rest of the first half we played some great counter-attacking stuff. We defended well, we had to because they were dominant, but I thought Chris and Jones especially were fantastic and kept us in it.

"Paul is important for us. We couldn't keep the ball today - 50-50 per cent possession at home, you're a bit disappointed with that. But Paul's been away, played two games for France, he's playing a bit deeper for them so that's maybe something we have to think about, to get him more in the game. 

"Paul can do both, he can attack and defend. Today, we had two strikers who did it for us. I thought Rashy was fantastic - he gave us the energy the others lacked."

Solskjaer bristled at the suggestion United should be concerned by their inability to dominate one of the Premier League's less-fancied sides.

"Watford are a good team," he said. "They're playing the semi-final of the FA Cup, they've got some very good players, play well on the counter-attack as well. I don't think you're giving them respect because they're a good side. Along with Wolves, they're the best two teams apart from the top six.

"Of course, you'd like to dominate, but we weren't able to. We've set ourselves targets over the next eight games, now seven games. We came away with a win - that's great. Everyone knows we can play better."

Solskjaer praised the performance of full-back Luke Shaw, who won back possession before sending Rashford through on goal to score the crucial opener.

"Luke has got so much in his locker and I can't wait to see it blossom," he said. "He's exceptional going forward and his sharpness defending as well… I thought he was top class, until he got his cramp."

The Birmingham City fan who attacked Jack Grealish has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and handed a 10-year ban from football matches.

Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, pleaded guilty to pitch invasion and assault after punching Aston Villa midfielder Grealish during the Second City derby at St Andrew's on Sunday.

Mitchell, 27, was also ordered to pay £350 in fines and is prohibited from attending games in the United Kingdom for the next decade.

The incident occurred just hours before a man ran across the field of play and pushed Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during their Premier League match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

The Football Association has resolved to work with other authorities in order to provide greater protection for players and match officials.

"This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour," an FA spokesperson said in a statement.

"On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players.

"Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk.

"This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.

"We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.

"In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations to examine the security measures they had in place."

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion after he pushed Chris Smalling during Arsenal's win over Manchester United in the Premier League.

The fan ran across the Emirates Stadium turf and made contact with United defender Smalling following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's conversion from the penalty spot.

Metropololitan Police confirmed the man is in custody at a north London police station.

A statement from an Arsenal spokesperson announced the club's intention to ban the individual.

It read: "We utterly condemn the behaviour of the individual who ran onto the pitch and approached Chris Smalling during today's match.

"We would like to apologise to Chris and Manchester United, and are pleased that the individual was apprehended and arrested.

"We will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation. The individual will also be banned from Arsenal matches home and away."

The incident occured just hours after Jack Grealish was punched by a pitch invader during the Championship clash between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

United captain Ashley Young, who was nearby when the spectator approached the celebrating Arsenal players, called on football's authorities to provide greater protection.

"What if they are carrying something? The players will be in danger," Young told beIN Sports.

"I think it's definitely somewthing the FA, the Premier League, FIFA [have to address]. I don't know whether it's extra stewarding or whatever.

"It's obviously a concern with the one earlier today and then the one on Chris. Something has got to be done."

Chris Smalling believes Manchester United's dramatic Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday will galvanise the club for the remainder of the season.

United claimed a dramatic 3-1 win on Wednesday at Parc des Princes to reach the quarter-finals on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg and without 10 senior players due to injury and suspension, United were 2-1 up thanks to Romelu Lukaku's double before Marcus Rashford struck an injury-time penalty in the second half that was awarded following a VAR review.

After playing his part to help United become the first team in Champions League history to progress in a knockout tie after losing the first leg by two or more goals at home, Smalling is confident that the win will propel them through the season's closing stages.

"After Rashford had scored and we had all gone into the corner, I think I was shouting that much that I felt dizzy," he told Manchester United's official website.

"I went into the changing room after and spoke to Luke [Shaw]. I was saying to him how I felt dizzy and he said the same thing as well.

"It was an unbelievable feeling and an unbelievable moment that will galvanise us until the end of the season.

"I think their players thought there was no way, going into the game, that they could lose. But we knew we had a game plan as a team to frustrate them at times and know that we would get chances on the counter attack.

"I think we could have scored a couple more goals as well. Ultimately, they might have had more of the ball, but I felt like we had the better chances. Full credit to the whole XI and the game plan, to stick to it despite times when we came under pressure.

"I think it all just summed up what this club is about. I think it was a great time to be part of this club, for sure.

"Obviously, there was no trophy at the end of the game, but in terms of games and moments in my career, barring cup finals, that is definitely up there."

Manchester United travel to Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Arsenal, who are a point and place behind them in fifth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have restored positivity at Manchester United, but Chris Smalling insists the caretaker manager has a "nasty side".

United won 10 and drew one of their first 11 games after the former striker succeeded Jose Mourinho in December, with his unbeaten run coming to an end against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Solskjaer has won praise both for improving United's standard on the pitch and for lifting the morale around Old Trafford following a tough final few months under Mourinho.

But while Smalling says he is "a joy to play under", he claims Solskjaer is not afraid to use a stricter approach when needed.

"I think he has got that sort of nasty side," Smalling told MUTV. "I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround. A manager has to have all different sides covered. He's a joy to play under and he's great."

United face Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday knowing that the competition represents their best chance of ending the season with silverware.

Smalling is confident of a positive result at Stamford Bridge, particularly given they were moments away from a 2-1 win in the league this season before Ross Barkley struck an injury-time equaliser.

"This year, we're making sure we get a trophy and, on Monday, we'll be going all for it," he said.

"The record at Chelsea, you're right, we've not had too many good results there but I thought, earlier in the season, we were so close to winning until the last dying seconds. In general, we played quite well there, so let's kick on and improve on that performance.

"The fact it's Monday night as well means it's got the whole world watching. They'll be looking to improve on last weekend's result [at Manchester City], as we will [after PSG], so it's a big game all around."

Smalling feels primed to play his part for the rest of the season after admitting he rushed back from a broken toe too quickly in December.

"I'm fully healed from the broken toe now. It was good to be available again on Saturday [against Fulham] and get that game under my belt," he said. 

"It's just about managing my next game and getting back up to match fitness. Hopefully, I'll be available for all the games until the end of the season.

"Through the Fulham and Arsenal [home] games, I had injections and then I had more injections for the Liverpool game [at Anfield] but it made the injury worse. So, then it was a case of getting it right and getting back as soon as I can but, first and foremost, making sure it was right."

Manchester United have handed a new contract to defender Chris Smalling, which could keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.

Smalling, 29, has signed a deal running to June 2022, with an option for a one-year extension.

The centre-back joined United from Fulham in 2010 and has won all major trophies in English football during his time with the Red Devils, including the 2010-11 and 2012-13 Premier League titles.

Smalling was also a key member of the team that lifted the Europa League in 2016-17, completing 90 minutes in the final as Jose Mourinho's team beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm.

Overall, he has made 307 appearances for United in all competitions, scoring 18 goals.

"This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team," Smalling told United's official website.

"It is a real honour to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period."

Smalling made his international debut in 2011 and has 31 caps for England, although he has fallen out of favour with current boss Gareth Southgate and missed out on a place in the 2018 World Cup squad.

"I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract," Mourinho told his club's website.

"Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad."

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