Man United v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: Sunday, 5 May

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

This afternoon will see the fifth meeting between us and United this season. Obviously we beat them in both the FA and League Cups although Clattenburg made sure it wasn’t a clean sweep – despite our fight back from 2-0 down at home.  As likely winners as we looked in that one as well, the sendings off of Ivanovic and Torres were a enough to see us concede a late winner from Chicharito.

And as if that isn’t enough to provoke talk of ‘revenge’ in this one, it seems Fergie and the interim have been getting a few digs in at each other in the run-up to the game, so it looks as if there’ll be as much love lost as usual for today’s clash.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Whilst all he had to say about his counterpart ahead of the game was that he seemed a little obsessed with his CV, on his own side, SAF says “I never took into account all the [celebratory] things that happen,” he said. “The PFA award, our own player of the year awards, the parade and then [Nemanja] Vidic came to me last week and asked if the team could go to Chester races on Wednesday. And I said, without thinking, ‘Yeah, of course’. But then when you put all these things together you think, ‘What the hell?’ I hope  they don’t forget there’s a game of football to be played. Now if they don’t win on Sunday I think that  [trip to the races] would be cancelled.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For United, Fletcher (illness), W Keane, Welbeck (both knee) and Young (ankle), all miss out although Scholes and Vidic are both back in training, with Scholes possibly available for a place on the bench.

For Chelsea, Romeu remains out and Hazard might not be risked for a starting place, having come off against Basel midweek. Demba ba, who missed the Basel game courtesy of being cup-tied and Ashley Cole, through suspension, are both back in contention.

 

TEAMS

MAN UNITED (Possible line-up): De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Nani, Kagawa, Rooney; Van Persie, Webb

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Lampard, Luiz; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Ba.

 

LAST MEETING (PL)

Chelsea 2-3 Man United (28th October 2012)

 

PREDICTION
United and Chelsea have met 41 times in the Premier League and ahead of today’s game, it’s all square with 13 wins each and 15 draws. United will come into the game the fresher side as well because whilst we play our 65th game, United, of course have had a rest from European action. Mind you, they’ve won just 2 of their last 5 in the league and already have the title under their belt, so the outcome will undoubtedly be determined by the usual dodgy decisions and controversy!

One Response to “Man United v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. Thank God for this victory against united @ OT yesterday, but I will like to emphasize that the game against tottenham in stamford bridge is crucial one for us to win. Arsenal and tottenham are breathing down our neck and we need to step our game and take our chances in front of goal if we are to beat tottenham come wednesday.