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Manchester United Fans’ Takes on Chelsea Players Past and Present One of the most iconic moments in United-Chelsea relations: John Terry slips in Moscow. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Featured Columnist April 14, 2017 Chelsea occupy an interesting place in the pantheon of Manchester United ‘s rival clubs. They were not traditional enemies by any means, though the 1960s and ’70s certainly saw clashes between the Red Army and the Chelsea faithful. However, the west Londoners’ rise to Roman Abramovich-funded prominence in the mid-2000s obviously brought with it an on-pitch rivalry. While Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea side were able to win some of the early battles, many fans would see the 2008 Champions League final as the moment Sir Alex Ferguson’s United won the war. Sir Alex left United in 2013, the year Mourinho returned to Chelsea, who once again ascended to the top of the Premier League table. And with the old rival now in charge of United—and his old team doing a good deal better without him—the enmity has been refreshed. Chelsea have the upper hand in the current battle and will come to Old Trafford full of confidence given they have already beaten United twice this season—by an aggregate scoreline of 5-0—and are a full 18 points ahead of them in the Premier League. They have not met at Old Trafford yet, but home has hardly been a happy hunting ground for United this season. The Red Devils have taken just 27 points from a possible 48 on their own turf in 2016/17. Considering Chelsea have the best away record in the country by some distance—with 36 of 48 potential points acquired on the road—it is clear the Blues are a clear and present danger to Mourinho and United’s chances of improving their standing in the race for a top-four finish. We asked United fans which Chelsea player is the biggest threat. The answers were not a surprise: Chase Failey @ChaseFailey 4/13/2017, 10:23:04 AM An overwhelming majority of respondents replied with mention of Eden Hazard . The Belgian was excellent against United in both Chelsea’s wins at Stamford Bridge this season. In the 4-0 league win, he scored, beat United defenders with five of the eight dribbles he attempted and made a key pass. In the 1-0 FA Cup win, Mourinho gave Phil Jones a man-marking brief on Hazard, which lasted until Ander Herrera’s first-half red card. Hazard went on to complete six of his eight attempted dribbles, and accurately completed an incredible 71 of his 72 attempted passes, of which one was key. He has been Chelsea’s main man this season, though he is clearly not the only threat they possess: Pogbaron @Bridgemanbear 4/13/2017, 11:33:04 AM Diego Costa has 17 goals in the Premier League this season, so his threat clearly has to be taken seriously. His comfort with the dark arts of football made him a perfect match for Mourinho, and he serves as a potential antagonist against his old manager’s new side. A cheap yellow given away in retribution for some Costa shenanigans would be a big mistake were a United defender to engage in that kind of behaviour. Nashat @Nashat_Hassan