David Moyes' Manchester United face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, on Monday night, in the premier league’s first big showdown. The build up to this fixture has already had its share of sound bites with Mourinho voicing his opinion that the Manchester United squad was not “terrific” in their previous title-winning season. This match is way too early to be termed decisive in the title race, though a win for either side will be a definite shout out to others who harbour title aspirations. In particular, to the blue half of Manchester, who was stunned last night 3-2 by premier league virgins, Cardiff City.
Mourinho will be eager to repeat the success he has enjoyed not only at Old Trafford but also against Moyes, who he has beaten on four occasions and drawn against twice. In polls conduct last season, by United fans, Mourinho was voted as the most preferred choice to replace Sir Alex. Moyes will want to ensure the faithful that United will be a force under his tutelage. He is fully aware that his side has not been earmarked as favourites and insists he is unfazed, “In a way it suits me not being classed as favourites. It suits my sort of nature, fighting back and quietly getting on with the job.” Also Read: Rooney saga hangs over Chelsea-United clash
Both teams enter into the game on the back of solid opening week outings. Chelsea were brilliant against Hull City but were made to sweat against Aston Villa. United meanwhile cruised to a 4-1 victory over Swansea City with Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck securing a brace each. Both sides are expected to line up as follows – Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, Cleverly (possibly Kagawa), Van Persie and for Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry (Luiz on the bench), Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. But the player, who has dominated the media headlines in the run in to the game, may only find a place on the bench – Wayne Rooney came on as a substitute against Swansea and is likely to reprise the same role against Chelsea. Also Read: I want more ambition from Hazard, says Mourinho
The players to look out for include Danny Welbeck, who was excellent against Swansea and unlike