Manchester United are set to receive a huge boost due to the return of a few of their key players from injury, as they travel to London to face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
United sit second in the table, and are five points behind neighbours Manchester City at the moment, which is why they will be far from keen to come short at a stadium where results haven’t been favourable for them in the recent past.
With City up against Arsenal in the earlier kick-off, a win for the former will add more pressure for Jose Mourinho’s men, as a defeat would then see an 8-point gap open up at the top. Last season, Jose was humiliated during his return to Chelsea by a 4-0 drubbing.
What will bring some relief is the return of midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who was spotted at the Stockport Station with his teammates after spending the last four weeks out with a medial knee ligament injury he suffered in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Besides the central midfielder, long-term absentee Marcos Rojo was also seen travelling with the squad. The Old Trafford unit have missed out on several players in the last few weeks with injuries to three of their midfielders, along with defender Eric Bailly, who made a return last week.
Besides them, the long-term absentees include Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who haven’t played at all this term. But Rojo looks finally set to make a return, and could bolster Jose’s options in the upcoming hectic schedule post the international friendlies.
Fellaini has been a key player for the club over the past few seasons, and this term too, he has lived up to his billing and has earned valuable trust of his manager. The Belgian could play a part sometime during the game, and his impact will be vital.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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