Manchester United were Knocked out by Stoke City on Boxing Day, where as Chelsea, the struggling defending Champions, showed some resilience after a long period of time against Watford FC, just to failing to grab all three points due to an Oscar penalty miss.
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is under immense pressure after losing four back to back matches, which last happened in Club history during October-November, 1961. Chelsea have sacked under performing Jose Mourinho a couple of weeks back. Both the media and the coach himself now expects a similar story if he fails to turn this season around from the Chelsea match.
Chelsea are currently at 15th place of the Premier League table with 19 points from 18 matches, only 2 points above the relegation zone. Manchester United slipped to sixth position with 29 points from 18 outings, 3 points from the 4th spot and 9 points below the league leaders Leicester City.
Injuries and Suspensions: Manchester United do not have new injury concerns for them. Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are still out with long term injuries. Matteo Darmian is working on his fitness after being sidelined with a hamstring pull. He is still a major doubt and might not be risked against Chelsea. Youngster Jesse Lingard is not fit enough yet following a similar hamstring problem.
Chelsea have a couple of injury concerns. Radamel Falcao is not yet match fit after suffering a setback in training ground a couple of weeks ago. Eden Hazard, who came as a late substitute against Watford, was seen limping out of Stamford Bridge following the match, casting doubt over whether he will be fit for the trip to Old Trafford in just two days’ time. A late fitness test will decide his fortune against Manchester United.
In addition to that, Diego Costa, the man who scored a brace against Watford, will face a one match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of this Premier League season last night.
Though, Bastian Schweinsteiger, the veteran German, is back for Manchester United following a three match suspension. He is now available for selection once again.
Probable Line Up:
Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal has been experimental with his squad, specially with the back line. Ashley Young might be the make shift right back once again until Darmian is fit enough to resume. Bastian might return straight into the starting eleven replacing Marouane Fellaini. Out of form Wayne Rooney came as a second half substitute against Stoke City replacing Memphis. He is expected to start against Chelsea following Memphis’ gloomy display on Boxing Day.
subs: Sergio Romero, Marouane Fellaini, Memphis Depay, Paddy Mcnair, Michael Carrick, Andrea Pereira, Guillermo Varela.
Chelsea: Guus Hiddink, the interim Chelsea manager is not expected to experiment much with his line up in his second game in charge. Cesc Fabregas had a poor game and was hauled off at half time. Though it is expected that he will get another chance to prove his worth against Manchester United. Loic Remy will start in place of suspended Diego Costa.
Subs: Asmir Begovic, Ramires, Kurt Zouma, John Obi Mikel, Kenedy, Baba Rahman, Ruben Loftus-cheek.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Key Players: Anthony Martial is being played in the wings which is not his usual position. He, alongside Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are the key players to be watched for.
Willian is the most consistent performer for Chelsea this season. He has been a revolution with his set pieces.
Manchester United vs Chelsea Last Meeting: Their last Premier League meeting at Old Trafford ended in a 1-1 draw last year on 26th October. Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a lead in 53rd minute, though it was cancelled out by Robin Van Persie at final seconds of injury time.
Current Form (Latest Result first) :
Manchester United: L-L-L-D-D-W
Manchester United vs Chelsea Key Facts:
- Manchester United have lost their last 3 matches in the Premier League.
- Chelsea are undefeated in their last 8 matches against Manchester United in all competitions.
Betting Odds( Subject to Change):
Manchester United: 13/8