Up until Manchester City joined the scene a few years ago, Chelsea and Manchester united were the two big names in English football, with their rivalry growing season after season. In recent times United have found it difficult to beat the West Londoners, however with this seasons performance there is not a better chance to end that.
The two teams put in contradicting performances mid-week, with Chelsea producing a woeful 0-0 draw against newly promoted Watford and United putting in their best performance of the season in a dominating 3-0 victory over Stoke.
Wednesday was a step backwards for Chelsea as the form of late was not to be seen at Vicarage Park, Costa had more attempts at pushing opponents to the ground than he did on goal and Hiddink failed to seize a chance to go at the game, bringing Eden Hazard on too late. While only a short introduction into the game, Hazard did seem to be finding his form of old, as he set up some good attempts and got into some strong positions, although there still seems to be some shortage in confidence, he is not running at defenders as he did last season. There was clear improvement in the team as a whole when he entered the field of play, hopefully his return to the starting XI will be against Manchester United on Sunday and we can see his full talent on show.
Talking about talent we have to mention the ability of young Frenchman Anthony Martial, scoring a wonderful goal against Stoke on Tuesday and putting his second man of the match performance in as many games. Ivanovic will not be sleeping well on Saturday night, while he is not the only talented player in the United attack, he will be their focal point, as they will be sure that he has the best over our ageing Serbian right-back.
Games between these two teams have been dull in the past, with a recent 0-0 at Old Trafford before the New Year. This one however, could very easily be on of the most exciting games of the season, as both teams cannot deserve to drop points, with all to play for, anything can happen.
Once again Columbian striker Falcao is expected to be deemed unfit to play on Sunday afternoon (Thigh). Remy is almost back to match fitness, after a time on the side line (Calf) but with the signing of Pato during the transfer window it is unlikely he will be rushed back this weekend.
The Red’s are set to miss a whole host of players; Young (Groin), Schweinsteiger (Knee), Jones (Ankle/foot), Rojo (Shoulder), Valencia (Ankle/foot) and Shaw (Leg).
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Costa
Manchester United: de Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Bothwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney
Manchester United: WDWLW
Head to head
Manchester United: 68
Time: 16:00 Kick off
Television: Sky Sports 1
Highlights: BBC 1, Match of the Day, Sky highlights