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The Red Devils take on Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford in a bid to break into the top four. The Blues want to retain their dominance on the top of the league. They can take an eight point advantage over Manchester City since the Citizens lost by a goal to West Ham away.
Today’s match is the first of Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United against an opponent of the caliber of Chelsea who are riding high unbeaten. Can the Red Devils break Jose Mourinho’s Special Ones’ streak? Wayne Rooney sits out another match as part of his suspension. Falcao and Robin Van Persie will lead the line for United with Angel Di Maria acting as playmaker.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa is doubtful to start due to injury so it is possible the strike duties may be handed to Andre Schurrle. Veteran Didier Drogba is expected to be brought in the second half. Express reports that Loic Remy will also be unavailable due to groin strain. United should not take for granted that Chelsea will be soft up front without the attacking prowess of Costa and Remy. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian are all strong attack-minded players.
Juan Mata will be playing instead of Rooney and should hopefully try to stake a regular place in the side with his performances. Van Gaal will have to make every minute and play count as Chelsea will be giving their all. The Special One is known to park the bus and frustrate opposing sides that have a strong attack and United does have a few top marksmen up front. He is a specialist in knowing opponents’ style so the Dutchman will have to play a careful and methodical game and it is better not to keep a high defensive line to avoid counter-attacks which is Chelsea’s strong suit.
When these two lions collide, all hell will break lose. After the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga last night, this one will be another exciting fixture on Super Sunday in the Barclays Premier League.