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March 24 2018, 07:50 | Van Peters
"I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be wonderful", United boss Mourinho said.
Since then he has managed just five goals in 19 matches and has failed to score against any of the Premier League's top eight this season, however, Matic has backed the Belgium worldwide, who heads into the game at Old Trafford on 97 Premier League goals, to succeed at United.
All eyes will be on Eden Hazard for the game, and after the player showed just what he can do in a false nine role, it seems Antonio Conte may deploy him there once again.
If Manchester United don't play this game on the front foot, taking the game to their opponents and showing attacking enterprise, the fans might have to recognise it will never be the case.
Speaking to the media about Chelsea, Mourinho played down any sentimental feelings he has for the club he led to three Premier League titles over two spells in charge.
Antonio Conte admitted that it would be better for Chelsea if Jose Mourinho leaves Paul Pogba out of his Manchester United team when the two teams meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Conte said back in there summer that letting Matic leave was a "big loss" at Stamford Bridge. For me, it's OK and I'm not interested to speak about this topic'.
But even if United were prepared to countenance selling a player who still has more than three years left on his contract, Raiola would have to find a club willing to pay a big transfer fee as well as his Sh28mn (£200,000)-a-week wage.
"Chelsea have good players for sure and it's always good when you play against good teams. He's a very good manager, a fantastic team and that's what is important for me".
'When I play at Stamford Bridge, some reactions from the fans are just reactions'.
"I see them on the sidelines very regularly and they are both very fiery and passionate, it has all the makings of a great fight".
Having lost this game last season, the Italian will be looking to get one over his adversary in the weekend - and what better time to inflict a defeat on the Red Devils than now - when both sides with similar ambitions converge at a crunch time of the year.
Chelsea's only goal in four Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford was scored by Didier Drogba in a 1-1 draw in October 2014.
Manchester United are in a tricky period in the season.
"I think the confidence, the trust I have shown towards Scott he has earned since he came to the first team".