2. Win the battle on the wings
Arguably the most interesting battle of the game, will take place on the wings. United’s left flank will see Angel Di Maria take on arguably the League’s best right back in current form in Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea have their own mercurial winger stationed on the left and Eden Hazard will be up against Rafael, who will look to add the Belgian to his already impressive collection of world-class wingers he has managed to keep quiet, when he has played against them.
Although both sides are stronger on their left flank, it is the other one that might make all the difference. With Ander Herrera’s injury, it is very likely that Van Gaal opts for a winger in place of Herrera, to play on the right side of the diamond. Chelsea as well, will have a change of their own as Cesar Azpilicueta is suspended after his red card against Crystal Palace which will meant that Fillipe Luis will be making his first league start for the Blues. With both sides comprising of promising wingers and attacking full backs, it will be a close fight to see who wins the battle on the wings. And one thing is for sure, the home side’s odds of beating the Blues will increase exponentially if they are able to dominate the wings.