Man. United vs Chelsea by FP
Mourinho of course was relieved of his duties as Chelsea manager for a second time just before Christmas after a poor run of form. Guus Hiddink has been chosen to take temporary charge of the team. The Chelsea fans have not taken kindly to the decision and still chant Mourinho’s name, as do the Manchester United fans who want him to replace under fire boss Louis Van Gaal.
At the time of writing this preview Louis Van Gaal is still Manchester United manager, although he did hint that he may resign during a news conference after the very disappointing 2-0 defeat to Stoke. My thoughts are that he surely will not last the season as he has clearly lost the players and fans, and is acting like a petulant child during media interviews. I do not think Manchester United want to be associated with the image that Van Gaal is giving them and I would expect Ryan Giggs to take over until the end of the season. Jose Mourinho is obviously a very good manager but he is associated with short term success and his affiliation to Chelsea may be difficult to move past.
Manchester United have been simply awful for the last seven games and have barely managed to string three passes together. The tactics have been wrong, the team selection has been wrong and the substitutions made during games have been wrong. All these things are down to the manager who does not seem to have the slightest clue about English football. He may have had the balls to drop captain Wayne Rooney for the Stoke game but he still persists with Fellaini in an advanced role and his performances have been shocking. He has been brought in as a physical and aerial presence yet gets brushed off the ball, misses his headers, loses the ball far too often and his shooting has been abysmal. The visit of Chelsea may motivate his players to put in an improved performance but I would not bet on Manchester United to win until things change drastically.
Hiddink will have been pleased at his teams spirit in fighting back from 2-1 down to draw 2-2 with Watford on Saturday, but he will not have been pleased with his side throwing away a 1-0 lead to go 2-1 behind in the first place. It is clear that problems still remain within the Chelsea team although some players do look a lot happier and are playing with more freedom than they were under Mourinho. Diego Costa returned to form with two goals but got himself a yellow card and a suspension which rules him out of this game. His loss is a big blow to Chelsea’s chance of winning this game. Loic Remy is likely to come in and lead the line.
For me, the likely result here is a draw. It would stop a run of four straight defeats for Manchester United, and keep Hiddink’s unbeaten record since his return to Chelsea. It all makes for unmissable viewing whatever the result in what may be Van Gaal’s last game in charge.
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