Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United are confident ahead of Chelsea clash

by Leo Nieboer

Marouane Fellaini has insisted that Manchester United are confident ahead of their FA Cup quarter final clash with Chelsea on Monday night.

Man United will head into the game with the Champions-elect having had just two days of preparation under their belts following their trip to FC Rostov.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have had a full week to prepare for the clash and haven’t lost at home since last September.

But Fellaini, speaking after United’s 1-1 draw with Rostov, was adamant that Mourinho’s men were full of confidence heading into the clash with Antonio Conte’s side.

“It will be a tough game,” he said.

“Obviously we lost there a few months ago, but now it is the FA Cup and we will see what happens. It will be tight, I think. It is the FA Cup, it is one game.

“They are top of the league, they have confidence, they have great players, but we will show our quality there and see what happens.

“Of course they are confident so let’s go there and see what we can do.”

This could very easily be another nightmare for Mourinho’s men. Stamford Bridge, for one thing, is United’s established bogey ground: just two wins there in the last ten years, with one of those only coming due to an offside winner and Chelsea going down to nine men; on top of that they will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic – their unmistakeable talisman – at No.9.

And you can bank on Conte’s side looking fresher, faster and just generally more composed on the night following such an extensive period of preparation for the game.

Perhaps this is the perfect environment for a good old fashioned smash and grab from Mourinho’s men; perhaps United, with the Premier League and their European campaign taking priority at this stage of the season, can cut loose and throw everything they have at the London side.

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