Pat Nevin states his prediction for Chelsea v Man United

Pat Nevin looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday

Pat Nevin is expecting an intriguing clash when Chelsea host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils head into the game on the back of their goalless draw at Anfield against Liverpool on Monday night as they managed to successfully contain Antonio Conte’s side.

Jose Mourinho is preparing to head back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his sacking by Chelsea back in December of last year.

The Portuguese coach is likely to get a warm reception from the home fans despite the disastrous start to the season the Blues made last term under his guidance.

Antonio Conte has already seen his Chelsea side slump to defeats by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League this season.

And former Chelsea man Nevin is expecting a thrilling game in west London on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “By the time Sunday comes, I will only be interested in the game between the two teams and the tactical battle between the two coaches.

“It should be fascinating. Jose knows our players inside out but does he have an answer to the different way Antonio Conte is using them? Which boss will blink first regarding the systems which are hugely different. Will one change to match up to the other?

“This will be an intriguing game and depending on whether or not Man United open up a bit, it could be very exciting too. It would not surprise me however if they were just a bit cagey to say the least.

“Tired players who aren’t all in the first flush of youth, mixed with a few struggling to regain their best form, is not the best recipe for a high-tempo, high-pressing game at the best of times. It is even harder away from home against a Chelsea side who look resurgent.

“Whatever happens, for once both managers in this fixture will be applauded from the field at the end, which is the way it should be.”

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