United's Red Devils welcome Red-hot Chelsea to Old Trafford
Manchester United will be looking to prove their own title credentials when they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford for today's Super Sunday clash. New United boss Louis van Gaal last week confidently proclaimed that the 20-time top-flight champions are ready to mount another title challenge, despite making a far from impressive start to life under the Dutch supremo.
A battling 2-2 draw at West Brom last Monday night was not enough to move Van Gaal's men back into the top four, and United sit 10 points behind Chelsea after just eight games.
A seemingly favourable start to the season was supposed to give Van Gaal the platform to get off to a positive start, but just three wins from eight – form not helped by a number of high-profile defence errors – has seen the woes experienced under David Moyes' reign continue. Injuries, especially at the back, have certainly hindered United's progress, but with key figures returning to fitness, Van Gaal will be well-equipped to go toe-to-toe with a talented Chelsea outfit.
The Blues have been in imperious form so far this season, and sit top of the pile – a spot they do not look like relinquishing, even at this juncture of the campaign. The signings of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have added further quality to a squad already blessed with myriad abilities, and both have hit the ground running since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
The visitors are favourites to earn victory in Manchester, and history suggests that is the most likely result. United have won only six of their last 22 Premier League games against Chelsea. Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against. Agency report