Struggling Manchester United take on an invigorated Chelsea in a must win match for Louis Van Gaal to save his job safe at the Old Trafford.
Guus Hiddink and his Chelsea team will be looking to continue their road to recovery and will be keen to take advantage of the recent slip of the Red Devils.
Ten Points separate the teams at the start of the kick-off, with many now believes Man United are in a similar phase that Chelsea suffered at the beginning of the season under Jose Mourinho.
Team Form Comparison
Both teams are currently on a poor form in their last five games, with United having the worst. Manchester United have lost 3 successive League games and 4 successive games in all competitions.
Chelsea on the other hand are showing signs of recovery under the new boss after picking up win and a draw in the last two outings. They have started banging on target on regular basis in their last two outings, which was hardly seen in matches prior to those.
Manchester United vs Chelsea : Head-to-Head Stats
Since May 2013 Manchester United have not tasted victory against Chelsea, in their last five meetings, Chelsea have been the better side winning three times and they both shared points in the remaining two.
In the similar fixture last season, a van Persie injury time goal earned Van Gaal’s men a priceless 1-1 draw after Chelsea took the lead through a Didier Drogba goal.
Manchester United : Team News
Morgan Schneiderlin who hasn’t started in Manchester United’s last four defeats could return alongside Captain Wayne Rooney.
Memphis could be dropped after a terrible performance on Boxing Day, forcing Anthony Martial to the wings.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is available for selection after completing his three-match suspension. Matteo Darmain could start at right back if deemed fit in time replacing Ashley Young.
Chelsea : Team News
Eden Hazard is out injured for Chelsea, while Captain John Terry is struggling for fitness.
Diego Costa showed glimpses of his form after scoring twice in the 2-2 draw against Watford on Boxing Day. But he picked up his fifth booking of the season and will miss the clash against Manchester United.
Loic Remy is expected to start up front in this case and Cesc Fabregas could move into a playmaker role behind the striker. John Obi Mikel or Ramires is expected to start alongside Matic in a deep lying midfield role.
Manchester United : Predicted Line-up
Chelsea : Predicted Line-up
Manchester United vs Chelsea : Prediction
Manchester United fans will once again expect a game that will lift their hearts and a win against their bitter rivals is enough for them, coming back from their 4 successive defeat like a wounded lion i think The Red Devils won’t allow this one slip.
However, Chelsea are gradually getting back into the game since the end of Mourinho era, grabbing 4 points from a possible 6, they look forward to make it three games unbeaten in their road to recovery.