Man United vs Chelsea on Sunday, May 5th at Old Trafford

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Man United vs Chelsea on Sunday, May 5th at Old Trafford

The new Premier League champion Manchester United will host Chelsea FC on Sunday, May 5th at Old Trafford. Chelsea needs a victory to cement the 3rd place in the league.

Manchester United

Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League title with four games remaining and can enjoy the games left without any excess pressure. Sir Alex Fergusons men will be looking for a sense of revenge, when the two teams meet on Sunday after the Chelsea knocked United out of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup this season.

Manchester United are without Danny Welbeck due to a knee injury on Sunday. On a positive note, captain Nemanja Vidic and veteran midfielder Paul Scholes have both returned to training from injuries and the former England midfielder could return to the bench.

Robin van Persie recently became runner up at the PFA awards and FWA awards, Van Persie has been nothing short of World Class at Old Trafford in his first season. Signing for Manchester United in the summer has seen the Dutch International win his first Premier League medal, pushing United over the line with 29 goals alongside his 8 assists.

Chelsea FC

With the title already wrapped up, the focus is now on next season Champions League places with Chelsea leading the way to join Manchester United and Manchester City next year. The Blues have an intense fixture list until the end of the season including the rearranged fixture against Tottenham on Wednesday night and the Europa League final on 15th May.

Ashley Cole will return to the Chelsea team, after sitting out of the Europa League due to suspension to strengthen their defence. Eden Hazard was taken off in mid-week as a precaution and could drop to the bench with Wednesday game in mind. Oriol Romeu is absent from the game with a knee injury while striker Demba Ba will return from being cup tied.

However, Mata will certainly start. The Spanish midfielder has been extremely influential helping Chelsea reaching the Champions League places tallying an impressive 18 goals for the club along with 18 assists. Signing from Valencia in 2011 for £25m the international midfielder has emerged as one of the first names on the team sheet week in week out.

Stadium

Old Trafford, the home of the most successful club in the premier league has seen some of the most glamorous matches throughout the years. With a capacity of 75,765, the Theatre of Dreams (nicknamed by Sir Bobby Chalton) is renowned for its constant high attendances and is one of the top attractions in the UK.

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