Predicted XI and Starting Formation: Chelsea vs Man United

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea He’ll be busy now that Manchester United have suffered so many injuries.

Antonio Valencia Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s danger man and Valencia needs to try and stop him. Good luck, Tony.

Chris Smalling He is now United’s only available senior defender so must step up to the plate

Paddy McNair – Big game for McNair to come back in but certainly preferred to Tyler Blackett (sorry Tyler).

Luke Shaw – The opportunity Shaw would have been waiting for will come against the club he supported as a boy. Script is written.

Wayne Rooney – Will have to play in midfield which is far from ideal given how much better he is up front but injuries to Carrick and Blind mean it is a necessity.

Marouane Fellaini – Chelsea have a game plan for Fellaini but United’s injuries could see him adopt a different role. Either way, Louis van Gaal will need the Belgian to impose himself on the game.

Ander Herrera He’ll be the main creator. Needs to have a great performance.

Juan Mata A special occasion for Mata on his return to Stamford Bridge and hopefully he’ll rise to the occasion.

Ashley Young – With Blind out, Young will need to kick it up a gear in order to create as much on the left flank.

Radamel Falcao – A last chance for Falcao? Probably not, it is surely too late now for him to earn a  permanent deal but with Robin van Persie not fully match fit, van Gaal could give him a chance.


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