Manchester United vs Chelsea – United’s Starting XI?

The first game of the season against Swansea City served to offer some proof that this is still a strong Manchester United team, capable of winning trophies in the face of the momentous changes happening at the club. The performance was exactly what David Moyes needed to start the Premier League campaign. This week is the first home game of the season, and it will come against one of the biggest challengers for United’s crown, Chelsea.

The starting 11 for this clash with Chelsea will likely be similar to the starting 11 that were chosen against Swansea, and against Wigan in the Community Shield. This formation of 4-4-1-1 seems to be one that Moyes prefers, using it through the pre-season up to the Swansea match last week.

At the back it will likely be the usual suspects of De Gea in goal, then Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand taking up their normal positions in the defence. Similar to the Swansea game, Jones should take up the right back role in the absence of Rafael. The extent of Rafael’s injury was confirmed in the Friday press conference when David Moyes told reporters, “Rafa picked up an injury in the Community Shield game so we’ve lost him for three or four weeks”.

This wasn’t the only injury update, Moyes went on to say that, “We have one or two coming back from injury – the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Chicharito”. This is good news for the manager giving him options in the coming weeks but it means they will not be fit and available for selection this Monday for the visit of Chelsea.

The midfield is expected to line up like last week with Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, and Danny Welbeck taking their places. The dangers of the Chelsea attack from Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Lampard will mean that midfield will be one of the key areas on Monday night. The battle is likely to be a tough one in the centre of the park and one that will probably drag the second striker back into the fray.

Moyes has been quoted as saying, “Wayne has recovered and has a good chance of starting”. If Rooney is fit then it really means there isn’t a question about it, he should start. Even with Rooney’s reported disappointment at not being granted a transfer he was still able to make a big impact against Swansea last week, being influential in two of the goals. The other options for Moyes in this position will be Giggs and Kagawa. If Rooney does start then after only playing 30 minutes last week it would be surprising if Rooney was able to complete the full 90.

Up front there isn’t any debate, Robin Van Persie will take his normal position leading the line. Chelsea have recently being starting with Terry and Cahill in the centre of defence, a partnership that I’m sure Van Persie will be thinking he can gain some joy from.

Predicted Manchester United Line-Up:

predicted Manchester United XI vs Chelsea

This match will be drastically different to the opener against Swansea. Chelsea offer a much sterner test for the new manager but if he is to be a success at Manchester United, these are tests he will have to get used to passing.

What do you think the score be against Chelsea? Comment in the section below.

82 Comments

    • U must b crazy 2 even think of [email protected] I mean, where do u place d midfield of man shitty? Miles beta dan chelseas’. In my opinion man utd 2 win dis game by 3:1 scoreline. Goals 2 b scored by wr10, rvp20 and sk26. Btw did u 4get dat man u has d best strikeforce in d league? Or dat we have a beta defence dan chelsea? Or a calm and assured coach in moyes unlike d loud mouthed overhyped a**hole dat is mourinho. Seriously! This is no issue at all. Man utd all d way. Ggmu.

    • U must b crazy 2 even think of [email protected] I mean, where do u place d midfield of man shitty? Miles beta dan chelseas’. In my opinion man utd 2 win dis game by a 3:1 scoreline. Goals 2 b scored by wr10, rvp20 and sk26. Btw did u 4get dat man u has d best strikeforce in d league? Or dat we have a beta defence dan chelsea? Or a calm and assured coach in moyes unlike d loud mouthed overhyped a**hole dat is mourinho. Seriously! This is no issue at all. Man utd all d way. Ggmu.

    • man u will win the game 2;1 dis is becose Chelsea have poor defence force than manu. I praise the good straiking force man u have and this will ultimately boost the success for united.

  1. hey u two, stop sayn those words and just hope that the odds are n ur favour only, Jehovah doesnt answer prayers that have to do wth soccer matchs or any other competitions, just gv t a thot, chelsea wld b prayn, and united wld b prayn.and chelsea wins, shld we say that Jehovah doesnt luv united-No. We dnt say that coz he has nothn to do wth these staff, ts worldly staff, so stop foolin ur self,

  2. Lakaku shud play ahead ov Torres 4 physicality against our centre backs jose will use hazard n Mata 2 try n pull players out ov position wiv the other running in2 the space

  3. Please… if there’s a god, castrate all of the muppets in these posts that’s have no idea how to write in English.
    You’ll be doing the world a favour by ending their gene pool

  4. I’m a united fans,let not b shy away 4m d truth.united canot pose of a creative midfieder on like hazard,oscar,mata whose is gonna b a big threat 2 man u.prediction chelsea 3, manu 1.

    • What can u tell from the 2 previous encounter
      Isn’t enough to indicate to u where this encounter is leading?
      Chelsea played better in those two matches
      Remember, chelsea still house those vital player that executed those
      Players, u can’t fake it chelsea has better midfield than man u better attacking options than man u CHELSEA 3 man u ok um may be 1

  5. God love every body and all teams arround the world…..play good football and win….anybody can win…manchester united 1 vs chelsea 3,,,,,,,,,up blues for ever

  6. Am very disappointed in all united fans who said chelsea wil beat united.It never going to happen cos e boys wil win e game even if there is not coach.Are u forgoten e never say die n forever spirit,at e end it’s 3-1 against [email protected] womanfollowship team chelsea.

    • I don’t tink that welbeck shud start on da left. Maybe it is best that he starts on the bench and replace WR. Because he was very consistent aganst swansea when he played as a striker.
      What Fergie’s wrong doing was playing welbeck out position too much. The best position for
      Him is playin da 2nd striker. MU wins 2-1.

  7. Jose Mouriho is just wasting his time for playng mind game with moyes emotion, albino no dey fear! Man Utd will beat Chelsea 4-1… GGMU!

  8. Man united will welcome jose to old trafford with a 3 – 0 defeat bco we a great club God bless my felow united fans

  9. I think it will be a tight game and united will win 2-1 Rooney and van persie will score. Rooney should start the game and show all the united fans who with all this speculation surrounding him, still cheered his name at the Swansea game when he came on and instead of booing him cheered him on that he loves the club and will stay and fight for his place.

  10. To me, its gonna be a tough encounter, especially at the centre of the park, with chelsea’s packed milfield and man united’s michael carrick, proving to be such a hard nut to crack in his recent performance. But i stand to say. Man United will win

  11. To Robin Van Persie i want you to score as much as you can so that we can stil win the title race (EpL)….,…..posted by man utd fan…..Sanza Kefas Agyas, Gude Lukoh

  12. Chelsea lyk making noise hw many time united ll teach dm hw to play game, i dnt knw y dm 4get tings easily, we rule d epl. unitd 4 vs 1 chelsea. through dis dm ll show respect.

  13. Mourinho will get his loud mouthed lips zipped when he is beaten and booed @old trafford. he left madrid nd spoke abt cr7 and cr7 dealt with him, after losing 29ts game against my team man utd, he will surely loss the game against the german demolishers…bayern munich…..

  14. i thing man united will beat chelsea coz we are confident despite ronnys saga.all what we need is to prove to jose so dat he stops intentions of causing divisions in the club. van,ronny,welback all have to show to the fans that they are the defending champions.come what may we shall win.regards to all man u fans

  15. I fill pity to all those who are saying man u will stun the blues.to tel be frank enough guys chelsea is the best team in the league untd we are coming to teach u a lesson.by the way who z moyes.chelsea 3 untd 1 if they play to there ever best

  16. before you open your lips,ask your self a few quick questions…which team has the best midfield? chelsea…which team has recorded the best performance in the last five matches? chelsea…whose defence is solid? mourinho’s…go chelsea go…man utd 1-3 chelsea ……big ups to all chelsea fans..we are a great team for sure…..

  17. Personally,i cherish manchester united..i wish them good luck as they prepare 2 face da blues.I believe in manchester en am sure,thy’l gv a result worth a smile.

  18. Some chelsea fans are here talking trash whn chelsea defenders are wary of man u striking squad.abeg its man u 4 V 1 chelsea.

  19. In as much as chelsea’s midfield is good, they lack some quality upfront. If rooney will start and will be willing to drop back to the midfield at some points, then united is as good as winning! Up man u.

  20. The midfield is going to take centre stage. I am a United fan but Chelsea boasts of a better midfield. We just have ti reinforce that area. As for tonight,fingers crossed.

  21. my fellow untied fans,lets chelsea beat us as they can but at the end of the season the trophy will be us so dont follow them and talk my united brothers.remember we are not born to work in vain.

  22. To u chelsea fans,let me go by d way of cr7 football is don on pitch wiff foot and not by loud mouth..chelsea will fall today!!

  23. Man u 4 life,we are not goin 2 fear notin agains chelsea,i trust my team and my players d wil do smtin possible,
    I am goin 2 win dis mach by God willings dat is 3:1 agains chelsea.UP UNITED???

  24. By man u having the best striking line in the league, chelsea should be defence conscious. To me i am speculating a draw.

  25. chelsea will dominate the game and the first attempt will start to Ramiles but end of the 90 minutes
    CHELSEA 3 VS man u 1

  26. The Almighty Jah knows dat Man Utd fans ar nt bluffering, how can chelsea stand b4 Man Utd? By de way Man Utd 3 chelsea 0

  27. why ar yu people talk lik animal yu tak say acholic e go beat manu 4get dat nonsense.wu be dat team wey go beat united nation.all of yu dey mad

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