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Arsenal icon claims Manchester United stars could not make the Chelsea XI

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The most eagerly anticipated Premier League match of the weekend will take place on Sunday afternoon as Chelsea host Manchester United.

The Red Devils travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon without Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who are both injury doubts for the match.

Chelsea, meanwhile are likely to be without Branislav Ivanovic and record goalscorer Frank Lampard for the home tie.

Paul Merson has told SkySports that he believes not a single Manchester United player would be able to break into the Chelsea line up with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney out of action.

He said: "I don't see anything but a home win here. Manchester United are not the Manchester United of old and they've got injuries; Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both likely to miss this game and that's massive.

"I know Rooney might make it, but without him I don't know how they can get a result. Even their fans will be going there thinking they've got little chance, which is extraordinary really. They are not good enough.

"If Van Persie and Rooney don't play then which Man United player would get in the Chelsea team? Not one of them. Adnan Januzaj has been really good for them, but he probably wouldn't get in Chelsea's squad, let alone the team. If Van Persie and Rooney are injured then I don't think Jose Mourinho would take any of them."

Jose Mourinho has not lost a home match since returning to Chelsea and the prospect of facing Manchester United at this moment in time is perhaps not as fearful as it has been in years gone by.

Chelsea have been an impressive outfit this year, keeping the joint best defensive record in the league and winning the last four games in a row in the Premier League.

A win for The Blues could see them go top of the league yet again this weekend but Manchester City and Arsenal will stay above them with wins against Cardiff City and Fulham respectively.

David Moyes appears to have the patience of the board and time on his side to deliver at Manchester United but missing out on the top four this year would surely mean that holding on to key players becomes a pressing concern.

Currently Manchester United are five points away from Liverpool who have the last Champions League spot and a loss against Chelsea would significantly damage Moyes' teams chances of catching up.

Despite suffering three defeats consecutively before beating Swansea at home, Manchester United have taken 15 points from the last 18 available in the Premier League which is form they will need to continue their pursuit up the table.

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