Former United coach warns old club about Costa-less Chelsea - why?

Rene Meulensteen has warned Manchester United that Chelsea are not a one-man team and can threaten with many other players on Sunday.

Much pre-match attention has focused on the apparent unavailability of predatory penalty-box poacher Diego Costa, yet Chelsea have a plethora of elite-level players they can call upon in order to do the business against Manchester United.

That is the opinion of former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, who has looked ahead to Sunday's showdown at Old Trafford and warned his old club not to get too excited should Costa not be named on the starter's list.

"I think Chelsea have got enough of an attacking threat to throw something at them even if Costa is not playing," said Meulensteen to talkSPORT.

One of those players who definitely will not be thrown on by manager Jose Mourinho is Loic Remy, who suffered injury in the club's midweek rout over Maribor in the Champions League.

However, they can still utilise Francesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba effectively.

Meulensteen continued: "Of course, if Costa was playing and he hit the ground running, you could put money on him that he’s going to get a chance and he will probably score.

"But Chelsea have still got enough attacking options even without Costa," he concluded.

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