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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that his side need to take chances after a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The home side dominated but couldn’t find a winner, which meant they are now without a win in eight games.

Speaking to BT Sport, Rooney said that the result was disappointing:

We created a lot of chances but didn’t manage to take one. The crowd were excellent today and you could see how much it meant to the players.

“It’s a disappointing result because we dominated the game but that is football.

Rooney, who was lucky to escape a red card after a high challenge on Chelsea midfielder Oscar, has said however that the team will continue to fight despite their dip in form:

“A lot of people say a lot of different things. We would be letting ourselves down if we didn’t go out on the pitch and give our all.

“We will keep fighting and we will come back.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said that his side fought hard for the point after a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

The visitors had to soak up a large amount of pressure as United looked for their first win in eight games at Old Trafford, but held firm to move up to 14th.

Speaking to BT Sport, Courtois said:

They wanted to win in front of their fans. From the start they put high pressure on us.

“Without a striker, it wasn’t easy for us to find depth but we had chances and David [de Gea] played well.

“The team showed progression, which was good.”

Chelsea’s best chance fell to midfielder Nemanja Matic, but Courtois simply labelled the miss as “a pity”, and has said relegation isn’t playing on any of the players’ minds.

It’s a pity Matic doesn’t score. It’s more difficult for us than last year, but I think we are getting into a flow to win games.

“You cannot think it’s not possible to get relegated, but we look forward, and we think that soon we will get the winning flow.”

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Chelsea draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford after a mediocre performance.

 

After a highly interesting game against Watford, the Champions of England had to play at Old Trafford. The game against Manchester United was the last one for the Blues in 2015, Chelsea haven’t done a good job.

From the start of the game Manchester United were the better team. After not even 2 minutes, Ex-Chelsea player Juan Mata hit the bar with a great strike from outside of the box. The Red Devils continued and earned some corners at the early stages of the game. The Blues, who had to play without their strikers Costa, Remy and Falcao, struggled to get out of their own half. 32 % of ball possession at the first half speaks for itself. Guus Hiddink’s team had their best chances after particular errors by Chris Smalling (18th minute) and after an unsuccessful corner by Manchester United (30thminute) – both were counter attacks. Louis van Gaal’s side made many fouls to stop the breaking through Hazard which resulted in two yellow cards for Schneiderlin and Smalling. There were no goals at the first half.

It was maybe a surprise but manager Guus Hiddink decided to make no changes to give them a 2nd chance. Indeed, Chelsea started well into the 2nd half. Pedro got the ball at a good position but De Gea made an amazing save, still the situation was not done as Azpilicueta got the ball on the left side of the box and tried his best to score – again De Gea was there and prevented a surprising lead for Chelsea. After another wasted good chance (this time by Matic), Manchester United found their way back into this game. Martial, the most expensive teenage-football player of all time, made a superb run over the left side and crossed the ball perfectly to Herrera who shot directly but with an amazing save by Courtois it remained 0-0. Around 6 minutes later, Chelsea had another great chance, after a great cross by Hazard behind the defence of the Red Devils Nemanja Matic got the ball – and missed poorly the target. The game got more and more rough at the end. However, Rooney had another big opportunity but as usually he didn’t make the best out of it.

Overall the draw is a fair result though Chelsea couldn’t complain about a defeat. Hiddink’s team have to step up for the upcoming game against Crystal Palace.

Report by Benjamin Neubauer 

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LOUIS VAN GAAL MANCHESTER UNITED

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 27th December. 

 

Full-time score:

Manchester United win: SB – 6/4, L – 7/5, C – 31/20

Draw: SB – 11/5, L –11/5, C – 2/1

Chelsea win: SB – 19/10, L – 2/1, C – 2/1

 

First goalscorer:

Wayne Rooney: SB – 11/2, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Anthony Martial: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Memphis Depay: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 6/1

Juan Mata: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Marouane Fellaini: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

No goalscorer: SB – 15/2, L – 7/1, C – 13/2

Eden Hazard: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1 C – 7/1

Oscar: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Pedro: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Loic Remy: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 13/2

Willian: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 9/1

 

Final Score:

Manchester United win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

2-1: SB – 9/1, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

3-0: SB – 25/1, L – 22/1, C – 25/1

3-1: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 22/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

1-1: SB – 9/2, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 66/1, L – 66/1, C – 70/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 300/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

2-1: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

3-0: SB – 33/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

3-1: SB – 25/1, L – 25/1, C – 28/1

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Guus Hiddink will be looking for his firs Chelsea win as his side take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday (19:30 GMT KO).

The Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by Watford on Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge, and Hiddink will look to maintain his record of having not lost a game thus far in either of his spells at Chelsea.

United however have taken a serious dip in form – a 0-2 loss to Stoke on Saturday meant Louis van Gaal’s side haven’t won in seven games.

Last season Chelsea, managed then by Jose Mourinho who has been heavily linked with replacing van Gaal at Old Trafford, took four points off the Red Devils last season. The Blues drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in October last year, before sealing a 1-0 win at home in April.

 

Last five games:

Manchester United: DDLLLL

Chelsea: DLWLWD (includes one Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Eden Hazard could start after returning from the bench after a hip injury.

– However, they will be without striker Diego Costa, who is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.

– The Blues have no other new injury concerns.

– United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is available after suspension.

– Matteo Darmian could also return after a hamstring injury.

 

Statistics:

– The Blues haven’t lost to United in their last eight meetings in all competitions (W5, D3).

– The hosts have however conceded just three goals at home this season – the best home record in the league.

– Chelsea have taken just five out of 27 available away points this season, scoring just twice in the last four.

– United have lost their last three consecutive games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Manchester United (away vs. Stoke, lost 0-2): De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Depay, Martial.

Chelsea (home vs. Watford, drew 2-2): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Pedro, Costa.

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Watford at Stamford Bridge (15:00 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to win their first game under Guus Hiddink as they come up against a Watford side who have won six of their last eight.

Lineups:

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Baba, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Remy, Hazard. 

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

WATFORD: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Holebas, Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.

Subs: Arlauskis, Behrami, Berghuis, Guédioura, Anya, Prödl, Diamanti. 

Manager: Quique Sanchez Flores

 

Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

Kick Off: 15:00pm GMT

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Guus Hiddink will look to win his first game in charge as Chelsea face Watford at Stamford Bridge today (15:00 GMT KO).

Hiddink watched over the Blues’ 3-1 win over Sunderland last week and will look to get the perfect Christmas present as he takes charge for the first time in his second spell at the Chelsea helm.

Watford however have had an excellent season thus far, sitting in seventh – nine places and 10 points ahead of today’s opponents.

 

Last five games:

Chelsea: WDLWLW (includes one Champions League games).

Watford: LLWWWW

 

Team News:

– Eden Hazard could returnnafter the Belgian picked up a hip injury against Leicester.

– The Blues have no other new injury concerns.

– On-loan Watford midfielder Nathan Ake is ineligible.

– Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) are both out.

 

Statistics:

– The Blues haven’t lost on Boxing Day since 2003 (W6, D4).

– The visitors have conceded 16 and scored none in their last four trips to Stamford Bridge.

– Watford have won six of their last eight Premier League games.

– Odion Ighalo has scored 28 goals in 2015 – more than any other player in the country.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Sunderland, won 3-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

Watford (home vs. Liverpool, won 3-0): Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

The Daily Star have claimed that Chelsea are planning to grab Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann by selling Eden Hazard.

Hazard was the star of Chelsea’s title-winning show last season but has seriously struggled to find form this season, and is yet to score this campaign.

Griezmann on the other hand has turned several heads having scored 37 goals in 75 appearances for Atletico Madrid since his move from Real Sociedad in 2014.

The Frenchman has a £46 million buy-out clause in his contract at the Vincente Calderon, which reports claim Chelsea are willing to meet in order to bypass negotiations.

Pogba has also been highly impressive for Juventus, but apparently wants a move to Barcelona. With three-and-a-half years left on his deal in Turin, it would cost the Blues at least £64 million to tempt Juve to sell.

Pogba, who is also French, reportedly however snubbed a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer after a phone conversation with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

It is unclear which club Hazard would be sold to, if any, or indeed any offers have, or are, to be made.

 

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The Sun has said that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is eying Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli.

The Blues are looking for a long-term manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last Thursday.

Sampaoli led the Chilean national side to their first ever Copa America success earlier this year, and has since attracted attention from both Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The 55-year old will hold talks with the Chilean Football Federation on Monday January 4th to discuss his future.

Sampaoli has managed the Chile side, who were knocked out by Brazil in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, since 2012. He has also managed a range of South American teams.

It is unclear how interested Sampaoli is in the job, or indeed if Chelsea have contacted him about the position at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea may have to continue paying former boss Jose Mourinho should he become the manager of Manchester United, the Telegraph claims.

Mourinho, who was sacked by the Blues last Thursday, has been widely linked with the position at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal expected to be sacked after six games without a win.

However, Chelsea would have to make up an shortfall in Mourinho’s wages until the end of the season, should the Portuguese take a pay cut.

 

At United, the 52-year old could expect to earn around £6 million; £4 million less than what he earned under his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Overall, this would mean Chelsea would have to pay their former boss around £1.5 million.

Neithe the club nor Mourinho were prepared to comment on contract terms regarding the exit.

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