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

The first big clash of the new Premier League season takes place tonight as Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford. Here’s a preview for the game.

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The first big clash of the new Premier League season takes place tonight as Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford.

The match will mark David Moyes’ first game in charge in front of his home supporters and the Scot will be hoping to strike an early blow to Chelsea in the title race.

United strolled to their 20th league title last season but with Sir Alex Ferguson retiring and Jose Mourinho returning to the hot seat at Stamford Bridge, this season promises to be a much closer affair.

The defending champions got off to an excellent start after beating Swansea 4-1 last weekend with strikers Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both bagging braces, so Moyes will be hoping for more of the same tonight.

However, Chelsea are already setting the pace after victories over Hull City and Aston Villa left them leading the hosts by three points and the gap could be extended to six if the Blues manage to leave Manchester with a win this evening.

Team News

David Moyes has hinted that Wayne Rooney may be recalled to the starting eleven after coming off the bench to set up two goals last weekend. The striker is unsettled at Old Trafford and has been targetted by todays opposition, but after getting another full weeks training under his belt it looks as though he will start against his suitors tonight.

United will have to make do without the services of Rafael after the Brazilian was ruled out for four weeks with a hamstring problem. Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez are also out.

Chelsea will be without David Luiz as the defender continues to nurse a hamstring problem, but he could be back to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday.

Mourinho is expected to rotate his strike-force once again with Romelu Lukaku expected to start ahead of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea: The two giants will cancel each other out in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

What would be your preferred starting eleven and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

55 Comments

55 Comments

  1. Joseharga

    August 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I must agree with Abukar. Man U. are very good at defense in the air and counter attack. So, chelsea should avoid crosses in the air and defend well and so they should use Mikel & Ramirez as DM since both are our natural DM

  2. Ajala Oluwasheyi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Mourinho should show them we are fit to beat and even better than them without rooney

  3. joseph okopi

    August 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    THE MATCH BETWEEN CHELSEA AND MANCHESTER UNITED WILL BE A TOUGH MATCH, BUT I SEE 1-0 IN THE END OF THE FIRST HALF. COULD THESE BE CHELSEA OR MAN UNITED, BUT LATER ON I SAW 1-2

  4. James

    August 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    As for me this formation will be of help for utd 4-3-2-1,
    de gea
    jones vidic ferdinland evra
    valencia carrick anderson
    rooney welbeck
    van persie
    utd win 3-2.

  5. ERIKU SANDE

    August 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    man uited 2 chelsea 1

  6. anyiam emmanuel

    August 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Blues all d way.line up defenders,cech,aziblicuta,ivanovic,cahil,a.cole mildfieters mikel and ramires and oscar,attacers hazard bruyne and torres.man u 1 chelsea 2

  7. Isiaka oke

    August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    If onlya chelsea cud go into dis game tonyt wit de mentality of its triumph and dominance ova united last season wit de likes of torres, mata, Hazard and kevin. ramires, lampard in holdin midf. While in defence. John T, cahil ash and iva wit peter in goal, de score should be 3nil in favor of de blues. Watch out!!!

  8. OTO-OBONG RAPHEAL

    August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I see chelsea 2-1 man u, no two ways about it !

  9. Henry

    August 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I strongly believe in chelsea. We are winning 2-0

  10. Olawale olaitan

    August 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Goal keeper (cech). Defenders (ivanovic, cahil, terry, asley cole). Defensive midfielder ( ramirez). Attacking midfield (oscer mata hazard schlure). Striker ( fernando torres). Chelsea 3. Manchester united 1.

  11. promise

    August 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    This will be a mouthwatering game. I hv not been convinced with Mou’s tactice and team selection so far. With this team i see chelsea winning man u 2-0 . Petre c, Iva, cole, cahil, JT. Dm mikel, Ramires. Am Osca, Mata, Hazard. Fc, Lukaku. Up chelsea

  12. uba

    August 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    If can get a good officiating,no doubt 3 to 1 in favour of chelsea

  13. uba

    August 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    If we can get good officiating,no doubt 3 to1 in favour of chelsea

  14. Rocky

    August 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    The never say die n forever spirt lives in every player in the red colours. United wil thrsah chelsea by 3-1 via wazza rvp n jones.

  15. Isaac

    August 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    mikel should be back in dis game,because only ramires cannot hold man utd attacking force. Lampard is old and not good in defensce

  16. ganiyu a adetona

    August 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    insha allah chelsea will win 2 0.

  17. ganiyu a adetona

    August 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    chelsea 2 man u 0

  18. Anslem Nnadi

    August 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    In dis match i beg d happy one to pls start mikel coz only ramirez cnt hold utd’s attacking..then de bruny and lukaku can be super subs..i predict che 2 v 1 utd..up chelsea lets go boys no fear in us

  19. Oyewole victor

    August 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    By d special grace of God, chelsea will win d match. D score line will b: chelsea 3, man u 0.

  20. segun

    August 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Can d blue carry d day, i can say mau 2 chelsea 1.

  21. chukky

    August 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    It is going to be a match of slugfest.Let the better side with intense determination for three points carry the day.

  22. Ezekiel Obioha

    August 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    The match between Chelsea and Manchester united will be a draw match

  23. Oniboy

    August 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Manchester united will win coz i believe in dem go rvp go rooney at least u shld thrash dem b4 joining them.go united i cn c a tremendous 4-1 win.rvp hatrick rooney 1

  24. isiaq oniyangi

    August 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Rooney will best today man united will won 6 -1 for chesea

  25. isiaq oniyangi

    August 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Love manchester united will won today 1 love

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