Isn't Schneiderlin made for these away games? At least Carrick can hopefully dictate things.
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NO CHANGES FOR UNITED
Louis van Gaal is sticking with the same team that overcame Stoke in midweek for today's meeting with Chelsea. The Reds line up as follows:De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney. Subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis.
We can't afford any more dropped points. I don't care how we do it, I just want United to win today so we don't look further from the top 4.
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa
Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Hazard
No Adnan again other than that no surprises. Good thing that loan got cancelled... it's nice to see him not get any game time here either.
Carrick-Fellaini midfield means the result of this game is a foregone conclusion.
Hazard starts on the bench.
Surprised Hazard is on the bench, they looked better with him against Watford. Although not likely to drop any of their front 4, other than perhaps Fabregas.
I felt Schneiderlin was ideal for this given Oscar and Fabregas, the one aspect of the stoke game that was a worry was how we had no midfield protection when out of possession, starting Fellaini again makes no sense.
Good lineup, but I would prefer not to Borthwick Jackson.
Not a surprise. 11 out of 11's all round.
Most likely has to do with van Gaal's "match rhythm" bullshit.
feck off Fellaini.
Him not being in the squad isn't really a surprise.
Schneiderlin literally never plays when I think he should, I'm clearly absolutely clueless.
Think it's a mistake not to play Schneiderlin.
Hiddink gone with a pretty defensive line-up again. Very hard working team with the likes of Oscar, Willian, Mikel, Matic, etc. Hopefully we'll take the game to them.
Matic and Mikel
I thought fellaini was injured?
They could have an absolute field day against Fellaini in midfield.
I had Morgan in place of Lingard.
Where is Schneiderlein? Surely the likes of Fabregas and Matic will run through our midfield without him.
Would like Schneiderlain in there, but I guess you can't complain with an unchanged side when we've just had our best game of the season.
Would've preferred Schneiderlin over Foullaini. Still expect us to win though.
According to papers he was out in Manchester last night celebrating his birthday, so either injured, or the human side of LvG let him get pissed or the manager doesn't think much of him.
Unchanged lineup makes sense, still hate to see Fellaini start. Need a win today, then we are close to Top4 with them playing each other while we face Sunderland. We also still have direct games against everyone above us to play, so hopefully we can show some consistency and good performances now.
I don't care if his form isn't great, but how anyone can leave Hazard on the bench is beyond me.
Really negative from Hiddink. But I'm glad Hazard isn't starting.
Went for Schneiderlein. But LVG does seem to love Fellaini.
I like Morgan but not too concerned that he's not playing. They're not like Arsenal, City or even Leicester in how they attack, where he would be useful.
Chelsea have gone quite defensive so not sure he would have offered a great deal today.
I think someone said earlier that the MEN said he was spotted partying yesterday for his birthday
Fellaini over Schneiderlin...8 points behind Arsenal at the end of today is going to be difficult to overhaul.
We need to do what we did last season, it'll be interesting.
Was predictable that he'd go for the same team after stoke.... Not too optimistic though. Fellaini and lingard playing well at home to stoke is one thing, doing anything productive away to Chelsea is completely different.
Weird why Hazard isn't starting. He always seems to do well against us.
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