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23/08/2013 09:18, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Chelsea

Last meeting: In the fifth meeting of the 2012/13 campaign, United went down 1-0 as a result of Juan Mata’s deflected finish after 87 minutes at the Theatre of Dreams. The Reds had already claimed the title and had little to play for whilst the Blues were still chasing a Champions League qualification place.

Manager: Once the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, Mourinho has rebranded himself the ‘Happy One’ following his recent return to Chelsea - six years after his first reign ended in 2007. But will his second spell be as successful as the first? “In football you never know, but I want to believe it’s possible,” Jose explained during his first press conference. “I always trust my work.”

Star man: In truth, you could say any of the midfield triumvirate of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, though for many, the latter is an extra-special talent. Signed from Lille last summer, the Belgian has become one of the division's finest forwards by combining great pace, skill and intelligence. And at just 22 years of age, he looks set to dominate the game for seasons to come.

Sub-plot: David Moyes will take charge of his first Old Trafford match as United boss, a huge occasion for everyone involved with the club. And with 76,000 fans all waiting to get behind our new manager, an incredible atmosphere is all-but guaranteed.

Did you know? United have not lost the first home match of the season since 1992, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s men went down 3-0 to Everton.