Manchester United welcomes Chelsea at home as hostilities returns between both sides this weekend.It promises to be an intriguing contest as the Blues travels to Old Trafford to face off with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The Blues fresh from the 1-1 draw with Spanish giants FC Barcelona will be hoping to get a decent result away from home in order to stay in contention for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
However, United would not be resting on their oars as they will go all out for a win at home especially after losing the reverse fixture 0-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Jose and his men will be keen for a show of brilliance after their barren draw with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League match.
With the quality expected on the show, we evaluate four key battles ahead of the United/Chelsea clash.
Alexis Sanchez vs. Cesar Azpilicueta
The Chilean forward will be up against the tenacity of the Spanish defender (right back) Cesar Azpilicueta in the Chelsea right side of the defence when both sides take to the pitch.
The battle promises to be fierce as (Alexis) Sanchez moved from fellow London rivals Arsenal to join Manchester United in the January Transfer Window.
The world viewers will be keen to see how both players who are top (class) personnel in their respective position will fare against each other as they square up in the star match of the week at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba vs. N’golo Kante
This promises to be an interesting contest between both players as they both possess the class and the genuine ability to influence the course of the match for their respective side.
Pogba will be on the (pitch) spotlight as he has been in the news as always with the talking point about the French midfield star ranging from his match performance (in games) to his huge transfer fee.
Kante offers him a stern test in the tie as youthfulness competes with shear strength in the middle of the park.
Both Players will offer mostly the pundits the chance to make some statistical evaluation between these two players as they have somehow been likened (compared) to each other on a couple of match occasions.
Nemanja Matic vs. Cesc Fabregas
Matic and Fabregas will probably be up against each other when Jose’s United and Chelsea take to the pitch on Sunday.
The Spaniard knows his midfield opponent as both players (midfield dictators) have starred alongside each other on the Chelsea shirt.
Matic and Kante (Fabregas) formed the backbone of Chelsea’s EPL triumph under Antonio Conte last season and it was a surprise to see the Blues let go of their prized asset (leave the Bridge) in the summer.
Both players would be afforded the chance to display their wares against each other as the battles loom in earnest at Old Trafford.
Antonio Valencia vs. Eden Hazard
The last but not the least of these key battles is the technical contest between the Belgian star (Eden) Hazard and utility player for United in the person of Antonio Valencia.
The South American has stood his ground this season for the Red Devils much to the delight of his teammates and manager Jose Mourinho.
Expect him to pose a stumbling block (defensively) against the dashing runs and the mercurial dribbles of Eden Hazard as the stage is set for an epic encounter at the Theatre of Dreams.