Manchester United's chances of securing a positive result against Chelsea will be heightened if Diego Costa is ruled out due to fitness concerns.
That is the opinion of Paul Merson, who believes that, despite the previous threat that Didier Drogba's name used to carry, the powerful Ivorian striker is simply a diluted version of the all-conquering attacker he used to be.
"So much depends on whether or not Diego Costa will be fit for this game," said Merson to Sky Sports as he looked ahead to Manchester United's match with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"If both him and Loic Remy are out then Manchester United have a chance," he said.
"Didier Drogba is not the same player and isn’t going to run away from anybody and if he plays then United can squeeze the game and suffocate Chelsea a little bit.
"A lot of people will expect Chelsea to turn up and win and they can’t afford to get complacent because this will be a hard game. I will still just go for Chelsea, but only for a narrow win."
United boss Louis van Gaal had his own injury problems yet it appears these have been allayed as Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera will both likely start.