With six Premier League wins on the bounce, Manchester United can head to Stamford Bridge with real buoyancy as they look to continue their pursuit of 2nd place.
Ripping Manchester City to shreds on Sunday gave rise to a spectacular multitude of superlatives being thrown Louis van Gaal’s way. Very few would’ve banked on Fellaini and Young being derby day heroes, but derby day heroes they were.
The number of players who seem to exceed their potential in this attacking 4-3-3 formation is astonishing – the benefits of the Dutchman’s expertise is beginning to show. At the hands of the Iron Tulip, Man United have started to look like malicious world-beaters once again.
However, regardless of how well Man United are playing, they will go into this encounter with Chelsea as firm underdogs.
Everything is stacked against Louis van Gaal’s men. Jose Mourinho’s home league record is nothing short of imperious; in 136 home league matches, the ‘special one’ has seen his team lose just once. Man United have only managed two league wins at Stamford Bridge since 2002, shipping 13 goals in their last four visits. Not a happy hunting ground to say the least.
If those stats don’t scare you, just remember that Chelsea are three wins from their first Premier League title in five years. Despite not looking their ruthless selves ever since their Champions League omission at the hands of PSG, Mourinho’s team is fully expected to blow the visitors out of the water on a wave of title chasing impetus.
Chelsea will be without their main attacking linchpin Diego Costa on Saturday, whilst Loic Remy also remains a doubt.
Jonny Evans is unable to return, as he remains suspended for one more game, whereas Luke Shaw and Robin van Persie could be involved in some capacity after recovering from injuries. Louis van Gaal described Michael Carrick’s calf injury as ‘small’ in his post-match interview last Sunday, but his availability for this game still remains uncertain.
Chelsea fans fan almost sniff the title; Stamford Bridge is set to be a cacophony of bear-baiting mayhem, intertwined with a celebratory attitude as they welcome Man United on Saturday. Many have dubbed this encounter as a foregone conclusion already – but with Louis van Gaal able to field a dangerous and settled group of players, a spoil for Mourinho and Co. could be on the cards.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United