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A few weeks ago, this fixture looked like being an opportunity for the Manchester United players to celebrate their Premier League title, with the Chelsea side likely to be forming a guard of honour before kick-off to pay respect to the champions.
However, the Red Devils have stumbled enough to leave the door open for Carlo Ancelotti’s team and just three points now separate the two sides with three games remaining. Realistically, Chelsea know that only victory at Old Trafford will suffice if they are to retain their crown.
William Hill (£25 free bet) offer odds of 9/4 that the visitors are celebrating a famous victory on Sunday, with the Blues having beaten the same opponents at Stamford Bridge in March, although United won both legs of their Champions League quarter final tie weeks later.
It is also hard to knock the Red Devils’ excellent home form this season which has only seen them drop two points in the Premier League all term and they were in cruise control when beating Schalke 4-1 on Wednesday despite resting Rooney and Rio among others.
The big guns will return for this crucial match and Paddy Power’s 7/5 (£100 free bets) about a home win looks excellent value considering that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were comfortable winners against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Wayne Rooney is an 11/2 shot with William Hill to score the first goal, with the manager likely to play Javier Hernandez alongside the England striker and he is also an 11/2 poke with the same firm.
Is this the moment where Fernando Torres finally starts to repay some of the £50 million that Chelsea invested in the Spaniard at the end of January? Torres has had some buoyant moments at Old Trafford in the past and he’s a 15/2 chance with William Hill to score first in this match.