Louis van Gaal’s team can produce a season-best performance to beat league leaders
Roll on Sunday where Old Trafford will host what has become one of the games of the Premier League season and this one looks set to be a spicy encounter.
Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have crossed paths on several occasions, with the Dutchman hoping to get one over his younger adversary in a match which will go a long way to determining the outcome of the title.
A win for Manchester United will see the title race opened up and give fans optimism that they can challenge for the top domestic honour this term.
Ladbrokes offer a best price 2/1 about a home win and it appears that the home side could be lining up against a Chelsea side missing Diego Costa and potentially Loic Remy.
It could mean a rare start for Didier Drogba, although Remy is hopeful that the groin injury incurred during a 6-0 drubbing of Maribor won’t prove to be too bad.
‘I don’t think it’s too bad,’ said Remy. ‘I felt something in my groin. Fortunately I stopped playing because I felt something. It was a bit stiff. That’s why I prefer to come off.
‘I have to care about myself and if I’m not feeling very good it’s better to leave for another player who is 100 per cent. It is frustrating because Costa is injured but I am not afraid. I don’t think it is really bad. I really hope to play again this weekend.’
It is certainly encouraging news for United, with Drogba admitting he needs more game time and it could see Mourinho push Eden Hazard or Andre Schurrle into a more attacking position.
‘I need time,’ said Drogba. ‘Before signing, I didn’t play for two or three months and then I had this injury. I need more games. But I’m training hard to be back to full fitness. I’m not fit yet but these games will help me improve.
‘It’s up to the manager to decide who starts, but if you’re a player how would you feel if they say you can play at Old Trafford? You’ll be happy. To be able to enjoy these kind of moments is fantastic. We are lucky and if I play I will feel lucky one more time.’
Chelsea are a 6/4 chance to win this game with Boylesports and they have won practically every encounter this term with the blot on the copybook being a 1-1 draw at Manchester City a few weeks ago.
Radamel Falcao didn’t start at The Hawthorns and the Colombian could return to the starting line-up, with all eyes on Marouane Fellaini who might also feature from kick-off after an impressive 45 minutes against West Brom.
Chelsea have played a good deal more football this season than their opponents and it could give United the edge on Sunday.
Manchester United to win @ 2/1 with Ladbrokes