A usual derby between two most powerful teams in Premier League has suddenly become a key fixture in the battle for the Barclays Premier League crown. United‘s defeat at Arsenal means they will lose pole position on goal difference if Chelsea win at Old Traffford.
Manchester United though have dropped only two points at home all season and have the cushion of knowing a draw would surely be enough to see them go on and win their 19th title.
The Blues enjoyed a 2-1 victory in the Barclays Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge in March but United won both legs of the Champions League quarter-final.
Sir Alex Ferguson: “Last Sunday’s result has certainly brought an awareness to us of how important this game is and I think it’s one of the reasons I had to pick the team I did on Wednesday. It’s given us a fresh team for Sunday. It should be a fantastic match and if we win, we should win the league.”
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Lindegaard, Rafael, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evans, Brown, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Gibson, Park, Giggs, Nani, Obertan, Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba, Torres, Ramires, Zhirkov, Kalou, Alex, Turnbull, Anelka.