Sunday, 27 December 2015

Man Utd Vs Chelsea

Match Preview

Louis van Gaal has urged Manchester United to "dare to
play football" as they look to end a run of four straight
defeats when they host Chelsea at Old Trafford.
United suffered to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat
at Stoke City on Boxing Day, their fourth in a row in all
The Dutchman even suggested after the match that he
could consider stepping down should United lose at Old
Trafford on Monday, although he remains in charge.
With just two days to recover both physically and
mentally after the Stoke loss, Van Gaal has called on his
players to be brave against the BPL champions, who are
unbeaten in five against United.
"You can say we can quickly get over this defeat by
playing against Chelsea but in the time in between, you
have to recover because the players have given
everything," he told MUTV.
"Then you have to manage that you are very confident to
start the Chelsea game, and that you dare to play football
– our football! It is very difficult to do that in just two
days but we shall try."
Chelsea parted company with Jose Mourinho earlier this
month but were forced to settle for a point against
Watford in Guus Hiddink's first match back in interim
charge, as Oscar missed a penalty in the 2-2 draw at
Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink has a strong record against Van Gaal, having
beaten his AZ Alkmaar side three times with PSV
Eindhoven in the 2005/06 season, and Willian says
Chelsea's top-four hopes will remain alive if they can
take maximum points from Old Trafford.
"I think we deserved to win. We played well second half.
We kept fighting and then we scored," he told after the Watford match.
"Now we have to rest and be ready for Monday. This
situation is difficult for us but I think we can go and win
game by game and finish the league in the top four."
Chelsea's hopes of winning on the road for just the
second time in the league this season were dealt a blow
when Diego Costa picked up a fifth booking of the
campaign against Watford, ruling him out of the United
Radamel Falcao could lead Chelsea's attack against the
side he struggled with during last season's loan spell
from Monaco, having shaken off a muscle problem. Eden
Hazard is still battling for full fitness, though.
United captain Wayne Rooney may be restored to the
line-up after being benched against Stoke, while Matteo
Darmian (hamstring) could be fit to return and Bastian
Schweinsteiger is back from suspension.
Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Marcos Rojo (shoulder),
Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Luke Shaw (leg) are out.

Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Johnstone,
Valdes, Darmian, Jones, McNair, Smalling, Varela, Blind,
Carrick, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin,
Schweinsteiger, Young, Depay, Martial, Rooney.

Chelsea (from): Begovic, Blackman, Courtois, Azpilicueta,
Cahill, Djilobodji, Ivanovic, Rahman, Terry, Zouma,
Fabregas, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Mikel, Oscar,
Ramires, Traore, Willian, Kenedy, Pedro, Falcao, Remy.


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