Premier League Preview: Manchester United - Chelsea
With the Blues' place in the Europa League final secured, they turn their attention to Champions League qualification in trying to get a result against the EPL title winner.
By Sam Wells
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to make a solitary change from the team that faced Arsenal as Shinji Kagawa seems primed to replace Nani, operating off the left wing.
Ashley Young (ankle) is definitely ruled out while Nemanja Vidic (knee) and Danny Welbeck (calf) are also doubtful as the strains that ruled them both out of the Arsenal game persist.
Rafa Benitez, meanwhile, appears ready to make his now-customary changes to the starting lineup as various players look set to make way from the team that beat Basel 3-1 on Thursday.
John Terry, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Juan Mata, Oscar and Demba Ba are expected to replace
Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Victor Moses and Fernando Torres from the previous starting XI.
There are no serious injury problems for the Blues, though Marko Marin, unlikely to feature anyway, may only be fit enough for the bench as he continues to recover from a thigh problem.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Over the course of the Premier League era, Manchester United has lost more games (13) and conceded more goals (55) against Chelsea than it has against any other team in the league.
- However, Chelsea has managed just one clean sheet in its last 17 league trips to Old Trafford - a 3-0 win in December 2001, with a goal from Mario Melchiot followed by a double from Eidur Gudjohnsen.
- United has hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the Premier League this season, 22 times, while Chelsea has hit it the fewest amount of times, five.
- Though it is doubtful whether he will feature in this match, of all the players to have played more than 150 Premier League games, the Red Devils' captain, Nemanja Vidic, has the best win percentage of any player, having played 184 and won 136.
- Chelsea skipper John Terry (pictured right), however, boasts a similarly impressive record as the Blues have won 67 percent of Premier League games with him playing this season and just 48 percent without him.
- The Blues have scored 15 headed goals this league season - the most in the Premier League.
Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 1-2 Chelsea
- 20.15 %
Manchester United 3-1 Chelsea
- 12.61 %
Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea
- 12.42 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Aug 26, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Chelsea 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 5, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Chelsea 1|
|FA Cup (FA)||Apr 1, 2013||Chelsea 1 - Manchester United 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||Mar 10, 2013||Manchester United 2 - Chelsea 2|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Oct 31, 2012||Chelsea 5 - Manchester United 4|
|Dec 7, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Newcastle 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Tottenham 2 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|Nov 27, 2013||Leverkusen 0 - Manchester United 5||UCL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Cardiff City 2 - Manchester United 2||EPL|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
Times In EDT
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