Most of the major investment under Louis Van Gaal has been in the Manchester United's attacking department and the defence still looks too weak against opponents of Chelsea's calibre. Under Van Gaal, the Red Devils have kept only 2 clean sheets in 9 matches and those were against the Premier League's bottom two, Burnley and QPR. Chelsea have conceded 8 goals this season, 6 of these have came away from home. The likely absence of leading strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy are a worry, but Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesc Fabregas are all capable of finding the back of the net. And there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Man Utd's last 11 home games in the EPL.
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Man United have won their last 3 in a row at home in the league.
Chelsea remain unbeaten in the EPL this season and have won 7 out of 8 games so far scoring 23 goals. Jose Mourinho has a great record in this fixture having lost just once in 12 meetings with the Red Devils.
However, Old Trafford remains a relatively unhappy hunting ground for the Blues having only won twice there in all competitions in the last 5 years.
Man Utd have shipped 9 goals in their last 4 played, but they have power up front, scoring at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in the Premier League. Chelsea have only failed to score 2 or more goals in one Premier League game this season; that was in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad against Man City.
Falcao will come back into the team having been benched at the Hawthorns following his international trip to Canada and the Colombian superstar has looked much sharper in recent weeks, including in a 20-minute burst off the bench on Monday.
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Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:05 GMT