Welcome to our preview of the Chelsea v Manchester United game in the English Premier League. This is undoubtedly the most important game of the season so far for Manchester United, as the away side must avoid defeat if they are to retain even a remote chance of winning the Premier League. Defeat would also put their Champions League hopes in severe jeopardy. Chelsea look to have the quality to launch a sustained title challenge, and will fancy their chances against a Manchester United team that have not looked to have the quality to live with the big boys thus far this campaign.

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Chelsea DWLWL
Manchester United WLDWD

Previous Meetings

Premier League – 26th Aug 2013 – Man Utd 0 – 0 Chelsea
Premier League – 5th May 2013 – Man Utd 0 – 1 Chelsea
FA Cup – 1st Apr 2013 – Chelsea 1 – 0 Man Utd
FA Cup – 10th Mar 2013 – Man Utd 2 – 2 Chelsea
Capital One Cup – 31st Oct 2012 – Chelsea 5 – 4 Man Utd
Premier League – 28th Oct 2012 – Chelsea 2 – 3 Man Utd

Goals Scored

Chelsea have scored 40 goals so far this season, while Manchester United have scored 35.

Goals Conceded

Chelsea have conceded 19 goals so far this season, while Manchester United have leaked 24.

Team and Selection News

United would love to have at least one of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in their starting line-up, but the Dutchman is already ruled out, with no apparent return date in sight, while Rooney is unlikely to be risked from the start given his weeks of absence. Chelsea have no such selection problems, with only Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic absent from the squad at present. After a decent run of form, Fernando Torres is likely to lead the Chelsea line.

Conclusion

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