Here’s the Chelsea v Manchester United preview you’ve been waiting for

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For a long time Chelsea facing Manchester United
represented the new guard against the old, and for
a good few years they were the two strongest
teams England had to offer
– evidenced by the
Champions League final played out between them
in 2008.
Since then, though, managers have come and gone
and Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, in
charge of United just two years after winning the
league with Chelsea, adds another dimension to
the clash.
Will the fans welcome him? Will his presence in
the opposite dugout give his former players an
extra boost, after the way things ended between
them? Our preview can’t answer those questions,
but it can answer some others.
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Amazingly, Chelsea haven’t lost against United in
any of their last 10 games, in any competition. The
last time they did United man Juan Mata was on
the scoresheet for Chelsea, but goals from Robin
Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and a David Luiz
own goal secured the win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s
men at Stamford Bridge, back in October 2012.
The Red Devils and Chelsea finished first and third
in the Premier League that season, but both are a
little behind the teams leading the league so far
this season in terms of quality. With the way it’s
shaping up there might only be one Champions
League place to share between the two of them
come May, so there’s no understating how
important this match is.
It’s a difficult one to predict, and it’s definitely not
one to be missed.

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