Juan Mata RULED out for rest of the season while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also miss out


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Jose Mourinho’s men contending with a spate of knocks, while Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad available

MANCHESTER UNITED will be without ex-Blue Juan Mata for clash with Chelsea on Sunday – Jose Mourinho has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Mourinho replied: “Late May”, when asked about the Spaniard’s return in his pre-match press briefing. Mata underwent surgery on his groin last month.

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Wayne Rooney is set to return having missed the last two games with ankle pain

On defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, Mourinho said the pair should return “mid-May”.

However, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young did not travel with the squad for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht, they should be fit to take to the pitch on Sunday, along with goalkeeper David De Gea.

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While United deal with a host of injuries, Conte has a full Chelsea squad list to choose from.

The Blues have been incredibly lucky with their team recently with very few injuries plaguing the Italian boss’ thoughts.

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Expect the visitors to once again show off their formidable 3-4-3 formation with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to attacking focal points.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the game at Old Trafford…

Where can I watch Manchester United vs Chelsea?

The United vs Chelsea clash will take place on Sunday April 16 at 4pm.

Sky Sports 1 will be showing the game live, following Liverpool’s game with West Brom, with coverage at Old Trafford starting at 3.30pm.

Alternatively subscribers can follow the game with Sky Go or keep up to date with all the action on our live blog.

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SunSport prediction

Manchester United are the draw specialists, particularly at home.

While Chelsea are the stronger side, you’d expect Mourinho to raise his game for the Premier League title-chasing blues.

Expect a score-draw with a 2-2 on the cards…

Manchester United vs Chelsea – Match facts

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  • Manchester United are without a win in eight Premier League games against Chelsea (D4 L4); their longest ever winless streak against a single opponent in the competition.
  • Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to achieve a league double over Manchester United for the first time since the 2009/10 season under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • A win for the away side would see Antonio Conte become the fourth Chelsea boss to record a Premier League double over the Red Devils, after Glenn Hoddle in 1993/94, Jose Mourinho in 2004/05 and the aforementioned Carlo Ancelotti in 2009/10.
  • Jose Mourinho has lost both games against his former club since taking over at Manchester United, conceding five goals and failing to score in both. This will be his first game against them as the home side, however.
  • The Red Devils have scored just three goals in their last 10 games against Chelsea in all competitions (an average of 0.3 per game).
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  • N’Golo Kante has netted each of Chelsea’s last two goals against the Reds in all competitions – they are his only goals in 34 appearances for Conte’s side.
  • Manchester United’s Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 21 matches (W11 D10 L0) – the joint 10th longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been involved in 18 goals in his last 17 Premier League appearances (13 goals, 5 assists) for Manchester United.
  • Chelsea have won as many points this season as it took to win the league exactly 20 years ago (Manchester United with 75 points in 1996/97).
  • Of the six sides to have won 75+ points after 31 Premier League games, only one (Manchester United in 2011/12) have failed to go on and win the title. Chelsea had 78 points in 2005/06 and 80 points in 2004/05 at this stage under Jose Mourinho, successfully claiming the title in both seasons.
  • Manchester United have won just six of their 16 league games at home this season (37.5% win percentage), their worst home win rate in a campaign since 1973/74 (33.3%).

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