Date, time and coverage: Sunday 19 January, 16:00 GMT. Live TV coverage in the UK on Sky. Follow the action live via ManUtd.com's rolling blog and MUTV Online's radio commentary. Match highlights will be on MUTV Online from midnight GMT.
Form guide: After three successive defeats across three competitions, David Moyes’ men steadied the proverbial ship with a comfortable 2-0 league win over Swansea at Old Trafford last Saturday. The resurgent Reds are now hoping to make it two victories on the bounce at Stamford Bridge and begin to build momentum. Chelsea, meanwhile, are seeking a fifth straight win as their second spell under Jose Mourinho becomes increasingly menacing for their rivals. Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been beaten by the Blues this season, although a defeat to Stoke last month - albeit away from home - suggests they have yet to recapture the aura of invincibility that hallmarked the Portuguese manager’s first stint at the club.
Ins and outs: United's recently substantial injury list could be about to ease, although the biggest clash of 2014 so far will come too soon for Robin van Persie - due to resume training next week - and Wayne Rooney. The latter has returned "fresh" from an overseas fitness trip but "is not ready for Chelsea" according to manager David Moyes. Chelsea have few worries where injuries are concerned. Frank Lampard should return having missed the last three fixtures with a thigh complaint but Branislav Ivanovic remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Last meeting: The two teams met in only the second game of the season, at Old Trafford in August. With both managers seemingly content not to lose early ground to a rival, the match became a tepid affair with little in the way of goalmouth action. The resulting 0-0 draw between the sides was the first since May 2007, when United were clapped onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge having already deposed Chelsea as