Incredibly, after all the havoc seemingly surrounding Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri’s side are still hypothetically in contention for four items of silverware, one of those coming in the form of the FA Cup.

Conveniently, however, the Blues are pitted against a rejuvenated Manchester United on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge, spurred on by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Only Arsenal have won the historic competition on more occasions than the pair, as both will be desperate in claiming the cup after a rocky season for the two sides who have both experienced their own success and failures under the guidance of former manager, Jose Mourinho.

A score draw was the outcome in their previous league encounter, however, if the outcome were to be the same then extra-time will have to force a winner, adding to an already hectic schedule.

Before the fixture, we have taken a look at three foreign acquisitions to have played for both Chelsea and Manchester United, with futile fortunes.

Juan Sebastian Veron (Manchester United 2001-2003, Chelsea 2003-2007)

All aspects added together, Juan Sebastian Veron should have steam-rolled the Premier League. Six titles in Italy, an impressive World Cup with Argentina and soon to be announced as the most expensive transfer in British history at the time, Veron could do no wrong.

And it certainly wasn’t a disappointing beginning, with Alex Ferguson recruiting him for the red of Manchester United in 2001. Weighing in with four goals in just nine league outings, he’d settled snuggly amongst a stellar midfield.

A Player of the Month award was the only trophy Veron would collect during his maiden campaign. A year on and United were crowned champions of England, yet the Argentine was largely admitted from the title-winning team due to injury and failed form.

Perhaps his performances in the Champions League longed his stay in the country, as Chelsea forked out £15 million for his signature, just under half of his record-breaking fee from two years ago. This reflected a spell which accumulated just 14 appearances for the Blues before returning home to Argentina.

Featuring at three World Cups cannot be overlooked, as Veron captained the White and Sky Blues at the 2002 edition in South Korea & Japan, where he won three of his 75 international caps.

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United 2014-2015, Chelsea 2015-2016)

An obvious comparison can be drawn between Veron and Radamel Falcao. Aside from residing from South America (Falcao from Colombia), both were brought in off the back of outstanding reputations, neither of which were lived up to.

Falcao had rapidly become one of the most feared forwards on the planet whilst at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. United, under the new management of Louis van Gaal, gave Falcao the stage to prove his capability.

With 200 goals at his last three clubs, the four he could muster in Manchester just did not cut in, with his loan duel subsequently chopped short.

Similar to his South American counterpart, he was offered a second chance in the form of Chelsea, with another loan move to the London club. Remarkably, this turned into a greater failure for the fabled striker, scoring just once in an injury-ridden ride.

His return to France foraged an almost crumbling career, his stay in England a small plot on his prolific career record.

As for his country, he could not be held in higher regard as the national team’s all-time top goalscorer. Despite missing the 2014 World Cup held in neighbouring Brazil, Falcao led Colombia into last year’s edition in Russia, only to be knocked out, ironically, by England.

Mark Bosnich (Manchester United 1989-1991 and 1999-2001, Chelsea 2001-2003)

Finally, one more man who came from far away and found the Premier League a giant step too far. Mark Bosnich, born in Australia from a Croatian family, flew over to Manchester at the age of 17.

Hopefully, he bought a return ticket, as he was back in Sydney for 12 months with his original team, Sydney Croatia. He featured in just two games for the Reds before a return to England with Aston Villa.

As if he’d never been away, Bosnich reappeared at Old Trafford in 1999 to fill the sizeable gloves of Peter Schmeichel. To his credit, United dominated the division whilst Bosnich was between the sticks, with an 18-point victorious margin to snatch the title in the 1999/2000 campaign.

This appeared to be only a short-term solution, with Fabian Barthez becoming the number one and Bosnich swiftly becoming a Blue. Surprisingly, he had yet to reach rock bottom; five brief appearances and a failed drug test terminated his Chelsea contract and caused a football ban of nine months.

Bosnich did achieve something which very few goalkeepers have, scoring a goal. This came in the glamorous World Cup qualifying match between Australia and the Solomon Islands in which he converted a penalty during a 13-0 win in June 1997, his seventh of 17 international caps.

By Nathaniel Kay