What could aid Carlo Ancelotti in his bid to drag Chelsea back into the title race, is the fact that his players will be far better rested than United’s, given that their scheduled fixture with Birmingham City was pushed back, as the Blues played Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Sunday night, winning the trophy in a pulsating 2-1 victory.
Chelsea vs Man Utd
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick off time: 19:45 GMT +00
Ferguson will also have to make tough decisions on who to partner Wayne Rooney in attack at Stamford Bridge, with Javier Hernandez pushing hard for a starting place with13 goals this season, and the Scot could very well leave Dimitar Berbatov out to give the Mexican a run of games to prove his worth.
“We are very confident at home and the way they [United] play might help us. I’m not sure how they are going to come at us but other teams that have come to the Bridge have sat back and we’ve found it hard to break them down. It’s just a case of winning the game. I don’t care how that comes about. We just have to be up for it. It is a must-win game for us and the fans are going to be up for it. If we can win, who knows, it could put a little bit of pressure on them and the teams around us. We’ve a game in hand over Tottenham as well and with them losing against Blackpool we could get three points and overtake them.”
“It’s the most important period of the season and I think that if we can beat Chelsea and Liverpool then we’ll have a fantastic opportunity to win the league. But that’s easy to say: it’s much harder to do it. Chelsea and Liverpool are fantastic teams and obviously they’re desperate to win as well. We know it won’t be easy”