Man United v Chelsea: Van Gaal On Thin Ice

It will be a tale of two giants or shall we say former giants as Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Although many would have loved to see Mourinho taking over as Manchester United boss ahead of the game against Chelsea, Louis Van Gaal remains the man to make the Red Devils Champs or Chumps.

The Dutch manager has been at the receiving end of some backlash from the fans and the media recently.

With reports suggesting that he has overstayed at Old Trafford, but club hierarchy has yet to release any official statement surrounding the matter so as it stands the Dutch man will remain as Manchester United manager until further notice.

Manchester United fans had everything but a happy boxing day celebration as United suffered another loss to Stoke City. Stoke have proven their quality on many occasions this season, but certainly Louis Van Gaal has no excuse for being a sore loser against the Potters.

United were sent packing courtesy to the skills of Swiss superstar Xhediran Shaqiri and goals from Arnautovic and Bojan with Red Devils failing to score.

Manchester United next host reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea.

Chelsea seems to have gotten their drive back in the wake of Guus Hiddink’s arrival following an impressive display of good attacking football against Watford last time out.

Hiddink will be relishing the chance to get one over his Dutch Compatriot as its well known that both managers don’t see eye to eye on many things.

Guus Hiddink would have been pleased with the performance against Watford despite the failure to grab all three points. The Blues remains just two points clear of the relegation zone after 18 games as they continue to fight to salvage something from their season.


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could start against Chelsea after he came on from the bench against Stoke.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from suspension and defender Matteo Darmian could be available following a hamstring injury.

Chelsea will be without striker Diego Costa, who is suspended for accumulating five bookings this season.

Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up after making his comeback from the bench on Saturday.


Manchester United Starting Lineup: De Gea – Young – Jones – Smalling – Blind – Schneiderlin – Schweinsteiger – Mata – Depay – Martial – Rooney

Chelsea Starting Lineup: Courtois – Ivanovic – Cahill – Terry – Azpilicueta – Fabregas – Matic – Pedro – Oscar – Willian – Loic Remy


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