"Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United."
"...we are playing well, in the process of a big evolution [...] But we need to keep going, always chasing improvement, both individually and as a team."
-Jose Mourinho; source: Matchday Programme Note (Man United - 19/01/14)
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | David Luiz, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Samuel Eto'o
Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres
Manchester United stating lineup (4-2-3-1):
David De Gea | Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael | Michael Carrick, Phil Jones | Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia | Danny Welbeck
Substitutes from: Anders Lindegaard, Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Shinji Kagawa
A couple surprises in either lineup, with Ivanovic and Evra making unexpected appearances in the first team lineup. On paper, this is a no contest. But a contest it will be nonetheless. Hang on to your hats!
UP THE CHELS!