Predicted Manchester United and Chelsea line-ups: Mata and Costa to start

Match to be played on Sunday 26th October 2014 at 16:00. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.

Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in a huge Premier League encounter. Jose Mourinho’s side are currently running away at the top of the table having dropping just two points all season, but Louis van Gaal’s side will know what a psychological boost it would be if they can overcome the Blues at Old Trafford.

United’s recent home form has impressed, with three wins on the bounce, but Chelsea have the squad depth to deal with most situations and they will go to United knowing they have a fine record against Sunday’s opponents.

United injury concerns: Jonny Evans has an ankle injury and this match could come too soon for him. Antonio Valencia’s hamstring injury could keep him out.

United absences: Paddy McNair is out with a hamstring injury, while Jesse Lingard remains side-lined. Wayne Rooney serves the last in a three-match suspension.

Chelsea injury concerns: Diego Costa is a doubt with a hamstring injury while Jon Obi Mikel and Ramires both have a 50 per cent chance of featuring.

Chelsea absences: Cesar Azpilicueta is suspended following his red card against Crystal Palace. Loic Remy is definitely out with a muscle problem and should be back early November.

Predicted starting line-ups:

United – De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Carrick, Di Maria, Mata, van Persie, Falcao

Chelsea – Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luis, Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, Costa

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