Manchester United's Paul Pogba starts vs. Chelsea at Old Trafford

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 25, 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his club's history is more important than his personal baggage as he prepares to host old side Chelsea in a crunch Premier League clash on Sunday.

It was a crucial match for both clubs as United sat two points behind Chelsea in the table.

The Red Devils are a mere three points ahead of Chelsea FC as the top-four race hots up with a place in the Champions League at stake.

Hazard was deployed as Chelsea's main attacking threat against Barca as Conte once again opted to play without a recognised striker. And I don't have any bad feeling in relation to Chelsea Football Club to say, "Oh, I'm going to play against my former club, I am going to prove this, I am going to prove that". It is a huge boost for United Academy graduate McTominay who starts for the third consecutive match, having played in Seville and against Huddersfield in the FA Cup tie.

Asked at his pre-match press conference if he would accept Mourinho's hand, the Italian said: 'I'm not interested to speak about this topic. As a professional, I always accept decisions from the club.

"It doesn't matter if the leader is Chelsea or another - we beat them convincingly". Now Matic, unfortunately, is playing for Manchester United.

"The midfield battle is usually where the game is won".

That said, while Chelsea has struggled with bouts of inconsistency away from Stamford Bridge (losses to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford), they've also shown the ability to pull things together during the biggest moments.

He replaces Pedro in one of two changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Barcelona on Tuesday, with Danny Drinkwater replacing Cesc Fabregas in the other adjustment for Antonio Conte's outfit.

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