Writer: Red Boy
Date:Monday August 26 2013
Tonight, Bank Holiday Monday, the champions welcome a club, tipped by many, perceived as potential champions this season. The arrival of a certain Jose Mourinho has seen a wave of confidence envelop the West London club. However, David Moyes will be keen to ensure he gets off to a winning start in his first Premier League fixture at Old Trafford.
Although David Moyes has expressed concerns about the difficult start, t the season, the fixture computer gave United, it appears he is relishing the prospect of Chelsea coming to Old Trafford for his first home Premier League fixture, remarking,
'There is lots I've been looking forward to: taking the team on tour, leading them at Wembley.'
'But to do it [lead the team out] at Old Trafford for the first game against Chelsea is a thrill, it really is.'
David Moyes enters his first Premier League home fixture as the manager of Manchester United without four players available for selection, these four being Rafael, Hernandez, Nani and Young.
Will David Moyes decide to play the striker against the very team that seeks to attain his services? If he does will Wayne put on the kind of performance that will show Moyes he is a regular starter and also what Chelsea will be missing?
The controversial Jose Mouirnho has more-or-less a full strength squad to select from. The only likely absentee will be the Brazilian centre-back, David Luiz, who has been troubled by a hamstring injury and is yet to play any part in Chelsea`s season.
Since we last encountered Chelsea, the West London club have purchased Andre Schurrle, Marco Van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer. Their ranks have also been boosted by the return of Kevin De Bruyne from a season long loan spell in the Bundesliga,
The Brazilian may be slight in stature and looking as if he`s not physically suited to the Premier League but he has class in abundance and playing in behind the lone striker Chelsea employ, he can be dangerous.
In Premier League fixtures played between the two clubs, a total of 42, Chelsea have the slight edge with 14 wins compared to our 13 with 15 having been drawn.
Last season Chelsea won 1-0 at Old Trafford and if they can beat us again, hopefully not, they`ll become the first Premier League team to beat us twice in the same calendar year!
The man in the middle for the fixture against Chelsea is Martin Atkinson who will be ably assisted by P. Kirkup and S. Long with the nominated fourth official being Mike Dean.
This will be a tough encounter but although Chelsea have produced some flowing football in their first two fixtures, against Hull City and Aston Villa, they`ve also shown a penchant for going off the boil. Under Mourinho they`ll be looking to keep things tight but I just have this feeling that, like in previous clashes, an early goal could open the game up for United. Something tells me this one will end up as a 2-0 home win, with Van Persie and Carrick getting on the score-sheet.
Next Sunday lunchtime we travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in what should, as usual, be a feisty encounter.
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Date:Monday August 26 2013
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