United face another stern examination of the incredible home record against Chelsea..
The Reds may have lost the 100 percent start to the season at Benfica in midweek but a draw was a good result in the context of the group. In the Barclays Premier League, Sir Alex’s attacking tactics have brought a glut of goals and four excellent victories on the spin. Chelsea have also started well under new boss Andre Villas-Boas. After drawing at Stoke on the opening weekend, the Blues have taken a maximum nine points from their last three fixtures and sank Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 on Tuesday.
Ins and Outs
Nemanja Vidic (calf), Rafael (shoulder), Tom Cleverley (foot), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Darren Gibson (ankle) all miss out. Ashley Young and Rio Ferdinand are available after being rested in Lisbon while Antonio Valencia and Darren Fletcher returned from injury lay-offs in the Benfica clash. Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Didier Drogba after his head injury against Norwich and Villas-Boas must decide whether to start with Fernando Torres or Danny Sturridge up front. Petr Cech and David Luiz are fully fit again.
In a pulsating encounter at Old Trafford, the Reds brought the house down with a very early strike by Javier Hernandez. Nemanja Vidic’s header doubled the lead as United took a huge step towards winning the title. Frank Lampard pulled one back and a number of missed chances by the hosts kept things tense all the way until the final whistle, which signalled scenes of joy around the stadium.
John Terry is the man who epitomises the Blues’ spirit, aggression and determination. A constant force at the back, he’ll be as keen as ever to prove the Londoners are capable of wrestling the title back from Old Trafford. He’ll be tested by the United attack and mocked by the Stretford End, but expect him to be heading balls away from the danger zone all afternoon.