Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel hoped to add more salt to Louis Van Gaal’s injury as the Blues traveled to face a ‘disunited’ Man United at Old Trafford, this past Monday.
Despite not enjoying enough playing time under former Chelsea coach, Jose Mourinho, the 28-year old midfielder could be given a run at matches under new boss, Guus Hiddink, who has always been a fan of the Nigerian national during his first spell in 2009 when he replaced sacked Filipe Scolari.
This time, he replaces the injured Cesc Fabregas.
Mikel has said that he is happy his former coach has been replaced and that Manchester United were scared in Monday’s game.
Meanwhile, United’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday was their fourth loss in succession — the club’s worst run within a season since 1961 — and reduced Van Gaal to a dead man walking in the eyes of the British media, on Twitter, the hashtag #VanGaalMustGo is trending.
The Dutchman admitted after the Stoke City game, that he could not be certain of the United board’s support and raised the prospect that he could choose to leave Old Trafford of his own accord.
Chelsea sits 15th on the table and just two points above the drop zone.
Head to Head: L(lost) W(won) D(draw)
Played 24 competitive matches in the Barclay’s Premier League at Old Trafford
Manchester United: W 8, D 10, L 6
Chelsea: W 6, D 9, L 9
The Starting Lineup:
Manchester United (4-2-3-1):
David De Gea | Ashley Young, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian | Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin | Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata | Wayne Rooney
Substitutes from: Sergio Romero, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Memphis Depay
Thibaut Courtois | César Azpilicueta, John Terry (c), Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanović | Nemanja Matić, John Obi Mikel | Pedro, Oscar, Willian | Eden Hazard
Substitutes from: Asmir Begovic, Baba Rahman, Papy Djilobodji, Ramires, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traoré, Kenedy
Form: L(lose) W(win) D(draw)
Manchester United: LLLLDDD
Last Six Matches (all competitions): Stoke City 2-0 L, Norwich City 2-1 L, AFC Bournemouth 2-1 L, VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 L, West Ham United 0-0 D, Leicester City 1-1 D, Chelsea 0-0 D
Last Six Matches (all competitions): Watford 2-2 D, Sunderland 3-1 W, Leicester City 201 L, FC Porto 2-0 W, AFC Bournemouth 1-0 L, Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 D, Manchester United 0-0 D
Manchester United seemed to be the stronger team on the pitch, but could not convert that dominance into goals. In fact, it was a step up in game play for both teams in the goalless draw, but seemingly more impactful for Van Gaal who struggles to save his job.
Manchester United Host Swansea, on Saturday. This remains as Chelsea’s best run of the season, which doesn’t say much for the former Premier League champions who must depend on the little victories in their embarrassing campaign this football season.
Chelsea will travel to face Crystal Palace, on Sunday.