Pep Guardiola's side have gone six without victory after their midweek defeat.
Sunderland host Arsenal at the Stadium of Light in Saturday's early kick-off.
The Toffees currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, having scored 13 goals from their opening nine games.
For a moment, Gastón Ramírez looks puzzled, then understanding dawns. “Ah, Frigorífico Anglo,” says Middlesbrough’s Uruguay playmaker, smiling broadly.
Under Antonio Conte Chelsea’s stomachs are settling. It has been a fraught 12 months but three Premier League wins of increasing significance have brought a pronounced change in tone and the manager’s tweaks, both on and off the pitch, appear to have swiftly borne fruit.
The vignette of Alexis Sánchez tearing off some strapping to toss to the turf as he skulks off, head down, visibly disgruntled to see his number up on the substitutes’ board, is not unfamiliar.
José Mourinho has said the rebuilding job at Manchester United requires more than a sprinkle of salt and pepper as he claimed demand for immediate success is greater on him and at Old Trafford than their Premier League rivals.
They say you should never kick a man when he’s down, so it must have come as a bit of a blow to the staff at Deutsche Bank to be informed that their management was considering vested non-cash bonuses.
Pep Guardiola does not have a hairdryer setting and prefers not to excoriate his players for individual mistakes.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United took some fearful hidings over the years.
Simon Mignolet will start Liverpool’s EFL Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur with his status as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper confirmed by Jürgen Klopp.
Feted as the final piece in an expensively assembled jigsaw in the summer and pilloried as a lavish disappointment barely two months later, Paul Pogba makes a convenient scapegoat now that it transpires he did not arrive in England holding a wand that could magic away all of Manchester United’s problems with one extravagant flourish.