Paul Merson makes claim about Eden Hazard ahead of Chelsea v Man United

Paul Merson believes that Eden Hazard has a point to prove to the Manchester United boss ahead of Sunday's clash with Chelsea

Paul Merson believes that Eden Hazard will be out to prove a point to Jose Mourinho when Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The Blues are preparing to welcome the Red Devils to west London as Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his sacking by Chelsea last December.

The Portuguese coach was given his marching orders by Chelsea after a disastrous start to the season left the Blues languishing closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.

Mourinho has since been appointed as the new man in charge at Manchester United, while Chelsea have turned to Antonio Conte as the man to steer them out of trouble and back into the top four this season.

However, former Arsenal star Merson feels that Belgian playmaker Hazard has a point to prove to Mourinho following last season’s disappointing campaign.

Writing in his column for The Daily Star, Merson said: “Chelsea’s players will be desperate to win this game.

“They spent half of last season being hammered every week by Mourinho. They will want to get back at him.

“You can bet they circled this game when the fixtures came out. And none more so than Eden Hazard.

“He always seemed to be the one Mourinho singled out. He should be in the top five players in the world for me but he just doesn’t show it enough.

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“If there’s one game where he might, it’s this one. He’ll be bang up for it.”

Chelsea head into the game on the back of wins over Hull City and Leicester City, while Manchester United drew 0-0 with Liverpool last time out.

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