Date: 28th December 2015 at 10:30am
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Manchester United and Chelsea go head-to-head at Old Trafford with both sides looking to record a much-needed win to boost their disappointing seasons.

Before the campaign kicked off, many thought this match would be played out between two title contenders.

However, the Red Devils’ poor run and the Blues’ disastrous title defence means both are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League football next term.

United boss Louis van Gaal is under massive pressure following a third successive league defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day.

Reports that this could be the experienced Dutchman’s last match in charge continue to build, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho a leading candidate to replace him at Old Trafford.

The hosts, who are three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, have failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions but have only lost once in the league at home.

Their visitors are enduring an even worse campaign in the Premier League and sit just two points clear of the drop zone following their 2-2 draw at home to Watford on Boxing Day.

The clash against the Hornets was Guus Hiddink’s first match in charge in his second spell at the club.

Now he’s tasked with the challenge of extending the Blues’ unbeaten run at Old Trafford to five matches which could possibly end his fellow countryman’s reign as United boss.

Coincidentally, Hiddink replaced LvG as the head coach of Netherlands following the 2014 World Cup, but the former struggled and left the post after just 11 months.

A second away victory of the season could take the West London outfit up to 13th, but a defeat, coupled with other results going against them, could remarkably see them start 2016 in the bottom-three.

However, Chelsea have a good record in this fixture, winning six Premier League matches at Old Trafford – more than any other club.

Team News:

United captain Wayne Rooney will be restored to the starting XI after he was benched at Stoke.

Bastian Schweinsteiger returns from his three-match ban, while defender Matteo Darmian could be available following a hamstring injury.

Diego Costa is suspended for the visitors after collecting his fifth booking of the season against Watford.

However, Eden Hazard, who missed the match against Sunderland, could return to the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute on Boxing Day.

League Position: Man United – 6th (29 pts); Chelsea – 15th (19 pts)
Last Meeting: Chelsea 1-0 Man United – April 18, 2015
Key Players: Man United – Anthony Martial; Chelsea – Willian
League Form: Man United – WDDLLL; Chelsea – WDLLWD
Shoot Says: Man United 0-1 Chelsea

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