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LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Radamel Falcao starts for Manchester United against Chelsea in today’s English Premier League top three clash at Stamford Bridge.

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Falcao has gotten the nod to lead the attacking line ahead of the returning Robin van Persie, while captain Wayne Rooney goes back into the midfield, following the injury of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind.

Manager Louis van Gaal makes three changes to his side with Paddy McNair starts in defence and Luks Shaw also coming in to play at left-back in the Saturday Night Football game.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma starts in midfield for Chelsea with the views that he will mark Marouane Fellaini.

Didier Drogba remains in the starting lineup for Chelsea and he starts up front with Diego Costa still out and Loic Remy failing to make the squad as well.

Nemanja Matic also starts in midfield with Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Eden Hazard, while Willian is left on the bench.

Juan Mata returns to face his former side and the Spanish international has scored three goals and an assist in his last three Premier League games.

Chelsea start as the favourite for this one, but the pundits believe the leaders must play a complete game if they want to stop Manchester United’s from picking up its seventh win.

Mourinho and Chelsea are three wins away from winning the title.

They still have to play second place Arsenal, who are inactive in the league this week because of FA Cup semi-finals fixture.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar, Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. Subs: Cech, Luis, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Cuadrado, Solanke.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair, Shaw, Mata, Rooney, Herrera, Young, Fellaini, Falcao. Subs: Valdes, Blackett, Rafael, Di Maria, Januzaj, Pereira, Van Persie.

About JAMES ANDERSON

James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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