Martin Keown makes claim about Eden Hazard in Chelsea v Man United
Martin Keown says it will be fascinating to see how Eden Hazard performs against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United
Martin Keown believes that Eden Hazard will have a point to prove when Chelsea host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Mourinho is preparing to return to the west London club for the first time since his sacking by the Blues back in December of last year after their disastrous start to the season.
Hazard was one of many Chelsea players to fail to perform for long spells last season as the Blues stuttered to a 10th-placed finish in the Premier League.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side have already suffered defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Liverpool this season and will be keen to avoid defeat against their former manager’s team.
And former Arsenal defender Keown believes that it will be fascinating to see how Hazard performs for the Blues against his old manager’s team.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Keown said: “This weekend there will be a lot of Chelsea players fired up to beat him. Mourinho had special relationships with players but he often pushed it too far and fell out with a lot of people.
“It’ll be especially interesting to see how Eden Hazard performs in this game.
“When George Graham came back to Highbury with Leeds and Tottenham we all had a great respect for him but were also desperate to beat him. His management style was so demanding and we knew it inside out.
“We felt like we should beat him because we knew exactly how he would set up and exactly what he’d be saying to his players in the dressing room. Plus there was only one of him and eleven of us.”
Chelsea head into the game on the back of their 3-0 win over Leicester last weekend.