Manchester United v Chelsea: Match preview

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With the first big game knocking on the door, we will have a look at the match between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Manchester United and Chelsea will meet at the Old Trafford on Monday 26 August (kick-off: 20:00 BST).

Manchester United will be without right-back Rafael who was injured in the game for the Community Shield against Wigan. Ashley Young (ankle), Nani (groin) and Chicharito (hamstring) are all likely to miss the derby. 

Jose Mourinho's only injury concerns are Tomas Kalas and David Luiz, although the latter could be in Chelsea's squad for the trip to Old Trafford.

Both teams had a flying start this season with the Red Devils winning 4-1 against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and won the Community Shield with a 2-0 victory over Wigan at the Wembley.

Jose Mourinho made an instant impact at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea winning 2-0 against Hull City and a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa.

Probable line-ups:

Manchester United- De Gea, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck, Kagawa, Zaha, Van Persie.

Chelsea- Cech, Cole, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Lampard, Essien, Hazard, De Bruyne, Mata, Torres.

It will be interesting to see if Wayne Rooney is going to play due to the ongoing transfer saga and Mourinho's choice in attack with neither of Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba managing to impress in the first two games.

It will be a very exciting game on Monday and it will be very difficult to predict who will win. I think Chelsea will have the edge with their magical attacking trio, but Robin van Persie might have something to say on Monday.

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