Jose Mourinho travels to his old stomping ground as Premier League action returns
Jose Mourinho heads back to Stamford Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday as Manchester United seek to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season and kick-start their season.
The Red Devils eased some of the pressure on their under-fire boss with a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle before the international break.
But they now face a Blues side currently joint-top of the Premier League after a superb start to life under Maurizio Sarri, featuring some irrepressible football from the league’s top scorer Eden Hazard.
The game is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final, from which the Blues emerged victorious courtesy of a Hazard penalty.
Mourinho remains Chelsea’s most successful manager of all time, winning three Premier League titles over two spells with the club.
However, his relationship with some fans has turned sour, with chants of ‘Judas’ aimed at him during a visit to Stamford Bridge last year.
United will be desperate to get their season back on track, and Mourinho could settle some old scores in the process.
Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger withdrew from the Germany squad with a groin injury during the international break, but will be hopeful of recovering in time.
United will want to have Luke Shaw and former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic available. Both players missed international duty due to ankle injuries but returned to training this week.
Marouane Fellaini did not feature in Belgium’s friendly against Holland on Tuesday, but Roberto Martinez insists he ‘should be fine’.
Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are all back in training – but only Lingard is in contention to return to action on Saturday.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
Man United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez