Preview: Chelsea and Man United lock horns in Premier League

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Premier League leaders Chelsea are aiming to cement their position at the summit of the Premier League with a win against struggling Man Utd on Sunday.

Michael Carrick passed his first test as Man Utd’s caretaker boss when he led the Red Devils to a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday, though repeating that trick against table-toppers Chelsea should prove a far trickier task.

The formidable Blues have won nine of their last ten games in all competitions and with the visitors in disarray following four defeats in five Premier League assignments, it makes sense to say they are in for a tough test.

United have been at sixes and sevens in their own third this season and matches involving the club have produced plenty of goalmouth action as a result.

Chelsea have the class and quality to expose United again on Sunday.

At the root of United’s problems is their dismal defensive work and only two Premier League clubs have shipped more goals this term than the leaky Reds.

With Harry Maguire due suspension, United also have selection issues at centre-half to contend with on Sunday and Chelsea are ruthless enough to take advantage.

The Blues have notched at least twice in four of their last six tussles at Stamford Bridge and they look to continue with that form.

By David Kofi Tei