Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea v Manchester United result, believes van Gaal will be happy

Stamford Bridge

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly BBC prediction column that Chelsea and Manchester United will draw this weekend.

The former Liverpool defender believes the clash is a big one in the title race, even though Chelsea beat QPR at Loftus Road last weekend.

As a result, Lawrenson believes that Blues boss Jose Mourinho will set out to not lose rather than to win, and has predicted a 1-1 draw.

"Chelsea's late winner at QPR was massive for their title bid and it helps make this game one where they just have to avoid defeat rather than one they have to win," said Lawrenson.  "The Blues are three wins away from the title but their manager Jose Mourinho will not be too bothered about when they win it, as long as they do."

"I am going to go for a draw and I think Mourinho will set up his team to get one, even if he does not admit it. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would probably take a point at Stamford Bridge too," he added.

Chelsea have lost just twice this season, and know they are a matter of victories away from clinching their first Premier League title since Mourinho's return in 2013.

Yet with Mourinho's former Barcelona tutor Louis van Gaal now thriving at Old Trafford, this could be a much tougher game than many imagined just a couple of months ago.

United have now won six games in a row, and know that beating Chelsea on Saturday will take them just five points behind the leaders as they gear up for a late title challenge.

A draw would certainly benefit Chelsea more than it would United from that perspective, though many United fans would rather just make sure they quality for the Champions League once again. 

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