How has Chelsea’s Aubameyang fared against Manchester United in the past?
If Graham Potter had selection doubts before Chelsea’s meeting with Manchester United on Saturday, his attackers’ performances at Brentford cleared any indecision.
Armando Broja understandably had a mixed performance on his first start for the club. The Albanian’s pace intermittently made Ben Mee nervous and he applied himself commendably against the Bees.
However, a failure to execute was his undoing, as was the broader rawness of his game.
For Kai Havertz, it was an abject evening.
The Germany international struggled in and out of possession, especially with the ball where he either lost it easily or made the wrong choices in promising situations.
Indeed, it was a surprise that Potter kept the former Bayer Leverkusen star on the pitch for as long as he did at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The enduring feeling at full-time was that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offered more in his nine-minute cameo, a harsh assessment in itself, but one rooted in the frustration felt at Havertz’s awful showing.
Chelsea have not claimed a Premier League win in nine matches against United since an Alvaro Morata header gave them a 1-0 success in November 2017.
Back at Stamford Bridge this weekend after two gameweeks on the road, Potter’s decision on Saturday looks to be straightforward — in part due to the rest afforded to Aubameyang on Wednesday and Broja and Havertz’s failure to sow seeds of uncertainty in their manager’s mind.
Having said that, the Gabonese has not had it all his way in previous encounters with the Red Devils.