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Man Utd v Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon looking to dent the Londoners hopes of a top-four finish. Here’s a preview for the game.

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Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon looking to dent the Londoners hopes of a top-four finish this season.

United go into the game safe in the knowledge that their 20th league title is already in the bag but Sir Alex Ferguson will have his players up for the game as he goes up against his old foe, Rafa Benitez.

The pair endure a ‘tense’ relationship and have clashed several times over the years, particularly when Benitez was in charge at Liverpool back in 2009, so Ferguson will be keen to put one over his sparring partner this weekend.

United came back from a sluggish start against Arsenal last week to draw 1-1 but the stalemate now means they can no longer beat Chelsea’s record points haul of 95.

Chelsea are desperate for the points as they continue to battle with Arsenal and Tottenham for the all-important Champions League places. The Blues reached the Europa League final with a 5-2 aggregate win over FC Basel on Thursday night and they also have a vital clash with Tottenham to come next Wednesday, so Benitez will have to manage his squad carefully to avoid burnout.

Team News

Manchester United are without the services of striker Danny Welbeck after he was ruled out with a knee injury. Captain  Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Paul Scholes are back in training. Vidic could return to the starting line-up but Scholes is set for a place on the bench at best this weekend.

Ferguson has vowed to field a strong starting eleven meaning the likes of Robin van Perise, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney should all start.

Chelsea welcome back Ashley Cole after the defender was suspended for Thursday’s European clash. Eden Hazard was withdrawn during the second half against Basel as a precaution and is expected to be fit to start at Old Trafford.

Demba Ba is likely to come in for Fernando Torres despite the Spaniards goal-scoring display in midweek, while David Luiz is expected to continue in midfield after some impressive outings in recent weeks.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Manchester United have a superb home record in the league this season with only Tottenham managing to take away maximum points from Old Trafford so far. Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet in their last 17 trips to United but the Blues have more to play for and I can see them taking something away from this one. Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea 

What would be your preferred line-up for the game and whats you predicted score? Get involved in the comments section below.

42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. Olamide

    May 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Nice line-up for United….I like the way you skipped the fact that City also too maximum points off us at OT…I’d skip that too

  2. udeme aduak

    May 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    chelsea re quality to win man u atleast 3 nill

  3. Francisco

    May 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Chelsea most win over Man u. Chelsea 2 Man u 1

  4. Kenny

    May 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Man u1 vs chel 2

  5. Christian lisha

    May 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    CHELSEA 3 MAN.U 2

  6. Christian lisha

    May 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    CHELSEA 3 MAN U 2

  7. mcnumec

    May 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    chelsea have to play very well if we will stay within the top 4. I expected a win with the line here. I am also expecting Rafa to line up Torres and Ba someday.

  8. Abubokr Mamo

    May 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Manchester 1 – 4 chelsea to Man U Rooney & cfc Oscar,hazard,Torres,lampard

  9. bukola

    May 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Chelsea 2 man u1

  10. Donchuks

    May 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Chelsea 1 man u 0

  11. Pius john

    May 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Chelsea is going to win match with 2 goals to 1 (Man Utd)
    Man Utd 1 2 Chelsea

  12. Ashley Brown

    May 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Chelsea wins 2-1 go with de lineup Rafael Benitez. Blues 4ever

  13. Sani Garba

    May 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    man u 3, chelse 1, or man u 2, chealse 1, dis wil be d best result. United we stand.

  14. Maxwell joseph

    May 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Is a lie coz man has all wat take it defeat….man u 3 chelsea 1, goalz frm RVP, kagawa, valencia, Rooney.

  15. Emmanuel charles

    May 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    i wuld lyk benitez 2 play torres up front cos elnino has got a gr8 record over united.chelsea 3,man u 1

  16. samuel

    May 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Chelsea 3 – Man u 1

  17. waliu BADMUS

    May 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    It we be a wonderfull for blues but we win d game

  18. waliu BADMUS

    May 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    It we be a wonderfull game for blues but we win d game

  19. OSCAR IHEJI

    May 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    MAN U 3 CHELSEA 1. NO TOP 4 FOR CHELSEA

  20. marwana kogari

    May 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Chelsea 4 man u 0 goal ba,hazard,luiz and mata

  21. maximum j

    May 5, 2013 at 12:31 am

    cfc 4 united 2

  22. olawale moy

    May 5, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I tink united are in uper hand to win…man u 2 chel 1

  23. Nifadexayomide

    May 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Chelsea wins 2:1 over Man u

  24. kelvin

    May 5, 2013 at 4:50 am

    This Game is gonna be a tough 1, but i’m very sure CHELSEA will come back with all the three ‘3’ points. “May God Be With Chelsea”

  25. ezekiel emmanuel

    May 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

    wat bogus record re u referrin 2@emmanuel charles.those records elnino had ova man utd,was wyl he was stil a liverpool player.playin elnino upfront wil b a total disaster.rafa,pls start wit ba,if u 1na win dis game.

  26. umez clifford

    May 5, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Man united wl always beat chelsea.chelsea be gentle nd learn 4rm us

  27. Abraham Nathan

    May 5, 2013 at 6:54 am

    We wil see all this After 95ms, i knw the game wil sweet, but chelsea must wine

  28. kentus

    May 5, 2013 at 7:01 am

    The right person 2 get the score’s correct .a 750 recharge card .

  29. Olusola

    May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I belief man u is winning at 2 goals chelsea 1. United i stand

  30. samuel

    May 5, 2013 at 7:50 am

    che 2 manu 1

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