Man United host Chelsea in Premier League cracker

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Lead­ers Chelsea will look to end Manch­ester United’s un­beaten run of 21 Premier League games when the pair lock horns this af­ter­noon in Old Traf­ford. United have not lost in the league since a 4-0 de­feat to Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge in Oc­to­ber, win­ning 11 games and pick­ing up 10 draws.

The match also sees Jose Mour­inho host his former side for the first time as United boss, hav­ing lost both games to Chelsea al­ready this sea­son - con­ced­ing five goals and scor­ing none.

And while United are look­ing to end their worst-ever PL run against Chelsea (D4 L4), An­to­nio Conte’s side are chas­ing much more than just a rare dou­ble over Sun­day’s op­po­nents.

With Tot­ten­ham host­ing Bournemouth in the early Satur­day kick-off on Sky Sports 1 HD, Chelsea’s gap at the top could be re­duced once more to just four points if Spurs win.

Vic­tory at Old Traf­ford would take Conte one step closer to a league tri­umph in his first sea­son in Eng­land, while it would also dent United’s hopes of a top-four fin­ish. Team news David de Gea is set to re­turn to the Manch­ester United’s start­ing line-up against lead­ers Chelsea.

The goal­keeper missed last week­end’s trip to Sun­der­land with a mi­nor in­jury and was an un­used sub­sti­tute in the mid­week trip to An­der­lecht.

Wayne Rooney (an­kle) and Ash­ley Young (groin) trained be­fore that match so will be hop­ing to prove them­selves fit for Sun­day, but Phil Jones (foot), Chris Smalling (knee) and Juan Mata (groin) are out.

Conte should have a fully-fit squad for the trip to Old Traf­ford.

Wing-back Vic­tor Moses re­turned from a toe in­jury against Bournemouth last Satur­day and came through un­scathed. Opta stats Manch­ester United are with­out a win in eight Premier League games against Chelsea (D4 L4); their long­est ever win­less streak against a sin­gle op­po­nent in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Chelsea, mean­while, are look­ing to achieve a league dou­ble over Manch­ester United for the first time since the 2009/10 sea­son un­der Carlo Ancelotti.

A win for the away side would see An­to­nio Conte be­come the fourth Chelsea boss to record a Premier League dou­ble over the United, af­ter Glenn Hod­dle in 1993/94, Jose Mour­inho in 2004/05 and the afore­men­tioned Ancelotti in 2009/10.

Chelsea play­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing their 4-0 win over Manch­ester United at Stam­ford Bridge

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