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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke to the club official website before the clash at Old Trafford:

Man United lost on Saturday [at Stoke] so they will want to produce a good performance in reaction to that.

“I think we have shown progress in the last couple of games so I hope we can continue like that and have a good match ourselves. We need get into a good rhythm and if we do that we can climb up the table.”

 

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Cesar Azpilicueta spoke to Chelsea website before Old Trafford’s clash with Manchester United:

It’s always a big game, when you play at Old Trafford to end 2015 it’s a good place. It’s a game we all want to play in and it will be tough.

“Now everybody is looking for us to start winning games and get the winning feeling which we had back. In a tough season we want to finish the year as best as possible.

“In the first part of 2015 we played Man United at home and we won 1-0, the feeling was that we were really strong and powerful. When we are in the position we are now it’s hard to take but that’s the reality and we want to get Chelsea back to where we should be.

“We are working hard but sometimes we haven’t been able to get the results. In a few games we were unlucky but sometimes you have to earn your luck and now is the moment where we have to be focused on the next five or six months, get on a good run and finish in a good position.

“We have to work for it and we will have to do everything almost perfectly because when you play against them they have a lot of quality and you have to be concentrated for every second of the game.

“It will be a great opportunity for us, the fans will be with us and if we can get three points it’s a good chance for us to be back.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is having a hard time choosing which striker would play tonight to substitute banned Diego Costa: both Eden Hazard – who can play as a “false nine” – and Loic Remy travelled with the squad to Manchester but they are not fully fit and will undergo fitness tests.

On Diego Costa’s absence, he claimed:

“That’s a setback. I could complain a lot but that’s not my nature. We have to go on and find a solution as soon as possible. But it is a setback, it’s true.”

On Hazard‘s situation:

“He [Hazard] came in a bit late because we sent him away for holidays for a few days and because of his injuries,” he said speaking to the press before Manchester United clash.

“He came back and he trained the last three days with us. For me, he is not top fit yet but very fresh in his mind and that’s important, so he has to also get training and games.”

Hiddink reveales that Radamel Falcao is not ready to play yet:

“He [Falcao] is training with us, but there is a difference of being fit and game fit. You need longer in training. We talked to him about the intensity of training. If you are fit to train, the next step is to be game fit.”

Hiddink was then asked if he thinks Falcao will ever find his best form again, Hiddink added: “We have to see him for a bit longer.”

The Dutch manager revealed that Chelsea won’t go to Old Trafford to set up a defensive game:

“We are going there and it will be difficult, but I hope this team will show in every game, home and away, the ambition that they showed against Watford in going for a win anywhere.”

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The predicted line-ups for this evening clash at Old Trafford ( 5.30 pm GMT)

– Diego Costa is suspended

– Cesc Fabregas didn’t travel to Manchester with the team

– Bastian Schweinsteiger comes back after 3-games-ban

– Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia are injured

– Radamel Falcao ( Chelsea) and Matteo Darmian ( Manchester United) can come back after injury

 

MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Schweinsteiger, Scheiderlin; Mata, Herrera, Martial; Rooney.

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Oscar, Hazard, Remy, Willian.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

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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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Chelsea will face tomorrow Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The best two Dutch coaches- Guus Hiddink and Louis Van Gaal- in the recent ( and not recent) football history will meet, and another Dutch talent will be on the pitch: Memphis Depay.

The former PSV Eindhoven wonderkid impressed in his first appearances at Old Trafford, but then his performances’ level decreased, until the incredible mistake that caused Bojan‘s goal at Stoke on Boxing Day’s clash.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink knows Depay very well, since he coached him in the Holland national team, and he claims people to have patience with him:

“He’s a very young guy.

“When he was in Holland he was one of the star players at a very young age, because there is a lack of star players who are playing already many years in their league.

“So at a young age, he was bombarded as one of big talents. Of course, he has this talent, but he is also having to confront the demands of the Premier League, which are much higher in the intensity of the game during 90 minutes.

“That’s an experience that all players, not just him, have to overcome. I think they need time for that.

“Because, in principle he has this talent, but he is also giving interview saying ‘I have to get used to another way of playing, the intensity of the games every three days.’

 

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Chelsea are already off to Manchester for United clash.

The team will play tomorrow at Old Trafford at 5.30 pm and are heading off to north of England after a training that took place in the early afternoon.

Willian posted a picture with Kenedy on his Instragram profile to show us the team was prepared to take off for their next duty.

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Mourinho hugs Van Gaal in his last visit to Old Trafford with Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester United is going through a bad run after a good start of the season, and Van Gaal’s job is every day more on the brink.

After failing to qualify for Champions League Round of 16 – they qualified anyway for Europa League Round of 32- the team lost firs to Bournemouth away and then to Norwich at Old Trafford, both games for 2-1. Last win was one month ago in Watford, and the team dropped to challenge for the top of the table to fifth place.

Van Gaal‘s position is very delicate in this moment and both the club and the manager hinted that he won’t extend his contract with the Red Devils that will run out in the end of this season.

Now ex Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is most serious candidate to succeed his friend and mentor at Old Trafford. 

It’s well known that the Portuguese coach got an excellent relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, for whom he got always a huge respect.

And in all of his years managing we barely remember a critic to Manchester United as a club and as a team or to their managers: Mourinho always paid a huge respect to them, even when he was the Real Madrid boss and knocked them out of the Champions League, the referee took a bunch of bad decisions against the Red Devils and Jose seemed to be almost sorry for that, instead of celebrating a huge success for his team. It was March 2013, and he already agreed a pre-deal for his return to Chelsea.

It seems like Mourinho always wanted to leave a door open for a possible job at Manchester United, a club that he always admired for giving their managers the time to work, and probably now his great chance will come.

Manchester United also got a great respect for the former Blues boss, even though Sir Bobby Charlton once claimed Jose is not in the top list of his favourites: “Mourinho is a really good coach but that’s as far as I would go really. He pontificates too much for my liking. He’s a good manager, though,” but this was three years ago, and things could have changed.

The curious thing is that if Van Gaal will get the boot in this Christmas week, we could see the former ,boss facing his ex beloved team very soon, in fact Manchester United v Chelsea is scheduled in just one week, for Sunday 28th of December: it would be really really curious to see what would happen there, with karma biting back very soon.

 

 

 

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pedro chelsea

Pedro’s transfer from Barcelona to Chelsea was the most talked about deal of the summer on social media new data revealed this morning show. 

Numbers released by Twitter say the last minute swoop from the Premiership Champions to take the Spain forward when it appeared he was on his way to Manchester United was the most discussed deal of the transfer window.

The Red Devils’ successful pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger came second, and Manchester City acquisition of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool third. Of rumours, the most talked about was also the most incessant- David de Gea’s non-move from Old Trafford to Real Madrid was the most talked about, followed by Arsenal’s attempt to sign Karim Benzema and Chelsea’s failed pursuit of John Stones from Everton.

David de Gea was the most talked about person on Twitter throughout deadline day and Arsene Wenger, who faced the wrath of Arsenal fans for not signing a single outfield player all summer, was second.

 

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