After a commendable display in the weekend game against Watford, Nigeria international John Obi Mikel has been rewarded with a place in the Chelsea line up against Manchester United at the Old Trafford.
Chelsea are without Diego Costa due to suspension hence Eden Hazard will be starting in attack. The Belgian made his comeback from the bench on Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Watford.
Willian, Oscar and Pedro play behind him, with Mikel and Nemanja Matic providing the steel in Guus Hiddink’s midfield.
For United, Wayne Rooney has been recalled to the Red Devils starting line-up for today’s game against Chelsea having started on the bench for the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Stoke City.
Chelsea team v Man Utd: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard. #CFC
Chelsea subs today: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Djilobodji, Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 28, 2015