Marcel Desailly states his prediction for Man United v Chelsea

The former Chelsea defender is backing Antonio Conte's side to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon

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Marcel Desailly is confident that Chelsea will be poised to capitalise on any Manchester United mistake on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils will entertain the Premier League leaders a matter of days after the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final at Anderlecht on Thursday night.

Chelsea have beaten Manchester City and Bournemouth in their last two Premier League games to cement their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues were 4-0 winners against their former manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in the Premier League in west London back in October.

Chelsea edged to a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in the FA Cup last eight last month following N’Golo Kante’s long-range goal at Stamford Bridge.

Former Blues defender Desailly is backing Chelsea to beat Manchester United for the third time in the 2016-17 campaign on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m not sure you change much,” Desailly said.

“His tactical set-up can face any sort of team. Manchester United like to play with speed and on the counter-attack so I’m sure that it is going to be a very good game to watch.

“I think it will be the first team who makes a mistake who will pay [for it] straight away – and I think that will be Manchester United. The ability and the spirit is more with Chelsea in this type of game.”

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Chelsea are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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