Underfire Man United Manager Louis Van Gaal will certainly be the man feeling the heat more in this match even though Guis Hiddink’s Chelsea still seat in the 15th position on the league with 10 points behind Man Utd. Van Gaal’s job has been a theme to talk about amidst poor runs, exit from Champions League and the availability of Jose Mourinho in the market.
Boxing day fixture also didnt do any favours for Van Gaal as his team was beaten 2-0 by the Stokalona’s (Stoke City). 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
Whats more? The Dutchman even suggested after the match that he could consider stepping down should United lose at Old Trafford on Monday, although he remains in charge. With just two days to recover both physically and mentally after the Stoke loss, Van Gaal has called on his players to be brave against the BPL champions, who are unbeaten in five against United.
Chelsea’s hopes of winning on the road for just the second time in the league this season were dealt a blow when Diego Costa picked up a fifth booking of the campaign against Watford, ruling him out of the United match.
Radamel Falcao could lead Chelsea’s attack against the side he struggled with during last season’s loan spell from Monaco, having shaken off a muscle problem. Eden Hazard is still battling for full fitness, though.
United captain Wayne Rooney may be restored to the line-up after being benched against Stoke, while Matteo Darmian (hamstring) could be fit to return and Bastian Schweinsteiger is back from suspension.