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LIVE BLOG: Chelsea v Manchester United

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Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Chelsea v Manchester United. Big top of the table clash, the Premier League title on the line not these days! The anticipation doesn't dull though, looking forward to a cracking game of football today

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Chelsea vs United

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis

PICTURE: Chelsea fans remove Mourinho banner after United link

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Following reports that Jose Mourinho is keen to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, Chelsea fans removed the "Special One" banner at Stamford Bridge.

Carrick: It’s strange to see how badly Chelsea are doing

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Manchester United's trips to Stamford Bridge over the past decade have usually been fairly stressful occasions for both clubs. More often than not, both sides have been challenging for the title, and winning three points, while denying the other team any points, could be a huge boost in claiming the title.

LvG: Tactics the same but confidence has changed

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Ahead of this afternoon's game between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Louis van Gaal had challenged his team to go out and get a win.

It's very important that we dare to play in every position and that we give options to the player who has the ball. That's very important and I hope that we can show it.

Carrick: We are showing intent to attack now

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Manchester United put on a rare attacking display against Stoke earlier this week, winning 3-0.

Michael Carrick concedes that United haven't done well enough going forward this season but that against Stoke we showed real attacking intent.

I think we were well aware we had to improve going forward.

POLL: Who do you want to replace LvG?

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Lest we forget

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Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. May they rest in peace.

Herrera: Mourinho’s style doesn’t rule him out of replacing LvG

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An argument always used against Jose Mourinho being Manchester United's manager was that his style of football wasn't attacking enough. Given what United fans have watched over the past 18 months, that point doesn't seem as strong.

Ander Herrera has defended the Portuguese manager though, insisting there's no reason why he can't replace Louis van Gaal.

Herrera: I want to get in United’s away end with our fans

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Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo were all in the away end at Anfield to watch Wayne Rooney score a late winner in front of the Kop.

Ander Herrera has reflected on that day and claimed he wants to experience an away game with Manchester United fans one day.

I want to do it also but that would mean I am injured so hopefully I can play as many games as possible.

VIDEO: Mata vs Herrera in Champions League quiz

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Herrera: I want to play for United for as long as possible

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Fans' favourite, Ander Herrera, has spoke about why he goes so bonkers when one of his teammates scores a big goal for Manchester United. Whether that's Bastian Schweinsteiger's late deflected winner at Watford, or Wayne Rooney's strike at Anfield, the Spaniard can be seen going crazy on the bench.

LvG: Shaw could play in the Europa League final

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that Luke Shaw could return to the first team in time to play in the Europa League final, which takes place on May 18th.

United will play their first Europa League game of the season against Midtjylland in a fortnight.

He could play in the final, eh?

Di Maria: Things didn’t go the way I expected at United

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After a bright start to life at Manchester United, Angel Di Maria's form quickly dropped off, and when he stupidly got himself sent off in the FA Cup game against Arsenal for pulling the referee's shirt, he lost his place in the first team.

In the summer, Di Maria refused to join up with the squad on the pre-season tour, and forced his move to PSG, the club he had wanted to join all along.

Herrera: I couldn’t control my emotions when we scored at Anfield

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There are lots of reasons why Manchester United fans love Ander Herrera, but one of them is how passionately he celebrates important goals.

For example, when Bastian Schweinsteiger's deflected effort won the game for us in the last minute against Watford, or Wayne Rooney scored a late winner at Anfield, Herrera was seen going mental on the bench.