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Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Lineups & Game Thread

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"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!


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