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Man Utd Pre-Chelsea Team News & Injury Update: Rafael, Nani, Young & More…

Champions Manchester United welcome table-topping Chelsea to Old Trafford on Monday night for the first of this season big clashes. Here’s a team news update

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Champions Manchester United welcome table-topping Chelsea to Old Trafford on Monday night for the first big clash of the new Premier League season.

Ahead of the game, new United boss David Moyes has given a team news and injury update with the latest on Rafael, Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez.

Right-back Rafael was forced off against Wigan in the Community shield two weeks ago with a hamstring strain and Moyes has confirmed the Brazilian will be out for a further three or four weeks. Phil Jones filled in against Swansea and is expected to do so again against Chelsea.

Nani, Young and Hernandez have all been on the sidelines for several weeks and Moyes also confirmed today that the trio are slowly working their way back to full fitness, but he feels he has the squad to cope with his current injury problems.

He told the clubs official website:

“Rafa picked up an injury in the Community Shield game so we’ve lost him for three or four weeks,” Moyes told reporters. “We have one or two coming back from injury – the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Chicharito. They’re still recovering.

“So we’ve got two or three coming back from really the effects of not having a proper pre-season because they came back from international duty a bit late. Hopefully they’ll all not too far away now.

“We’ve got a really squad here and we’re able to cope if you do get injuries. But it’s only just a case of getting then up to speed because they’ve missed pre-season.”

The game will be Moyes’s first competitive game at Old Trafford since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer and it will see him welcome Jose Mourinho back to Manchester after the Portuguese coach returned to Chelsea this summer.

The Blues are already setting the early pace in the league having won both their opening two games, including a rearranged fixture against Aston Villa in midweek, so United will be keen not to loss and let the gap open to six points so early on in the season.

Now we’ve seen the team news, what would be your preferred line-up United fans? Share your view below.



  1. Trevor

    August 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    United have two or three players they could improve on . Fergie would never change a player but there are a lot of top class wingers and full backs that are better than United.
    The City right back is streets ahead of Rafael in the defending Also Julian Draxler and. Shaquira of Munich are a lot better than what we have now.

  2. bridge dauda aboki

    August 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I want mourinho to move very fast to sign willian,cos willian has been chelsea long time target ,so buying willian would add more force in chelsea attacking line,willian is a very good player.mourinho should all sign rooney and stop nagotiating mata with rooney transfer cos mata is very good in chelsea squade,

    • Abubakar Musa Abdullahi

      August 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Mata is a very important player for the Blues, Mourinho stop negotiating.

  3. Dr.Ike

    August 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Sign Willian at all cost;he is an attacking wizard whom Chelsea have courted for a very long time. Sign him or burst

  4. Francis Ebre

    August 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Its a matter of concern if man u will loose this major match.
    I just pray the reverse should be the case.
    God Bless man u

    • Abubakar Musa Abdullahi

      August 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Brother, ” it is the end that justify the means ” stop saying anything 4 now !

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  6. Peters Gbenga

    August 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Nice one,chelsea need to keep it tight in midfield.

  7. Jude

    August 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Willian is a good player but we already have many options in that area, my concern is for us to sign a top sriker; up chelsea

  8. Umar kambu kwalam

    August 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Moyes you don’t no anything about managing b/c u did’nt make any new signings to man united up to now.

  9. titus shawn

    August 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Mou,pls…… Go sign willian fast fast,he s a natural born talent


    August 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    william is needed .mata is good but weak when it come to defending game.

  11. alfred lichi

    August 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Sign willian. If rooney n mata can be swap, i tink is good 4 chelsea bc english football is al abt strenght

  12. Ogeh obaro piro

    August 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Hapi one……go sign william fast, b 4 we lose him

  13. Omanu kings Eriksen

    August 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Don’t ever try swapping mata for rooney,bcos we might regret letting him move to man utd,that is selling away the title,imagine the combination of mata and van persie,that will be fire up front,i dont want us to make a mistake that we will regret in the past,am done with my opinion,chelsea fc Beware!!!

  14. Dennis Oletukovie

    August 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Mou pls sign Willian he is a fantastic player but i advise d@ NEVER swap Mata 4 Rodney. If man u ll nt sell wtot Mata so b it. We shud then use d plan B n C d@ u stated. up chelsea!

  15. onelove

    August 24, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Mourino please sign wiliam for us please dnt let toteham hijack the player

  16. Danjuma de blue

    August 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Mourinho.pls go and sign willian fast fast before we hear another story and dont make a mistake 4 swapping Mata 4 rooney, if they want to sale rooney 4 us let them sale, if they dont want to sale we go 4 plan b n c simple.

  17. luke

    August 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

    man u lineup against chealsea;de gea,phil jones ,evra,vidic,rio ferdinand,carrick,valencia,kagawa,van persei,welbeck ,giggs

  18. luke

    August 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

    moyes we need signings our boss for chapions league make up.sign for everton duos,di maria,ozil….after these signings we are ok.rooney is not for sale

  19. ambali jamiu

    August 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    all what we need from david moyes,is to get us the three point or draw,him shouldn’t allow the blues to walk away with the three point.

  20. Nura Iyal

    August 27, 2013 at 10:38 am

    manutd need wingers like Nani, pls dont’ ever use giggs or valencia as winger’s.

  21. Janet

    January 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Moyes’s performance in past is quite good.

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