Man United v CHELSEA: Preview


Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Monday, 28 December
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

In view of our record away at Old Trafford, this fixture wouldn’t usually bother Chelsea as much as most teams. Ahead of today, we’re unbeaten in our last eight against them in the league and cup. That’s not a statistic United will want to hear either in their current form but then, given we’re sitting 10 points and 9 places behind them in the table right now, this isn’t your usual United-Chelsea game.
United can’t find goals, which is a bonus since we don’t appear too great at defending them. Chelsea, meanwhile are without Diego Costa who scored both of ours against Watford Boxing Day.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Louis van Gaal will allegedly resign if they lose today. After defeat to Stoke Boxing Day, the United boss said “You can say we can quickly get over this defeat by playing against Chelsea but, in the time in between, you have to recover because the players have given everything. Then you have to manage that you are very confident to start the Chelsea game, and that you dare to play football — our football! It is very difficult to do that in just two days but we shall try.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddinks meanwhile, says “I don’t want to go back in the recent past. That’s why when I had my talks with people before taking the job, I said I don’t [want] much info, I want to have my eye and use my experience to see how they manage and act on the training pitch. Then everyone has his chance.”
Whilst on United’s recent form, he says “It’s difficult for me to give a judgement about that. Man United were first, were second and now they’re in a difficult period. Every Chelsea versus Manchester United game is big but this one is especially.
I feel literally the thrill in my stomach. It is always nice with all the past we have, and the beautiful feelings, going to the big stadiums, for intense games, which it will be on Monday as well.”

SQUAD NEWS
For United, Bastian Schweinsteiger is available following suspension, Matteo Darmian (hamstring) could be available again and Rooney could start after he was benched against Stoke.
For Chelsea, Diego Costa, is suspended for accumulating five yellows so Remy should start. Eden Hazard is likely to return to the starting line-up.

TEAMS
UNITED (Possible line-up): De Gea; Young, Blind, Smalling, Jones; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Herrera, Mata, Rooney; Martial.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill; Ramires, Matic; Oscar, Willian, Pedro; Remy.

LAST SEASON
United 1-1 Chelsea (26th October 2014)

CURRENT FORM
United: WDDLLL
Chelsea: WDLLWD

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games against United
~ Chelsea have won six Premier League games at Old Trafford – more than any other visiting side.
~ Five players have been sent off in the last six league meetings.
~ United have lost four competitive matches in a row during a single season for the first time since October-November 1961.
~ United have lost three successive league games and are without a win in seven games in all competitions.
~ United have the division’s best defensive home record, conceding just three goals.
~ Chelsea have taken just five points from the last 27 available away from home.
~ Chelsea are without an away victory in the league since beating West Brom in August.
~ Chelsea have scored just twice in their last four league away matches.

PREDICTION
The outcome of this is anyone’s guess

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