The 0-0 draw at Old Trafford ended a run of four defeats and few would’ve wagered much more than pocket change on Louis van Gaal’s car still being parked in the manager’s spot by now.
The five wins in seven (all competitions) since then will have the Dutchman sleeping a little easier. At least, he doesn’t have to worry about Pep Guardiola nicking his job now.
The last two performances – three-goal wins – away at Derby and at home to Stoke might even have him thinking about taking the points from his old mate Guus Hiddink.
You might think Chelsea are a tougher nut to crack than United’s last two, but you’d be wrong.
Chelsea had shipped ten in their last four Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.
No defeats post-Jose, but still nothing like the stability we have come to expect.
Defensive pillar John Terry looks as dubious as his new contract prospects this season.
Prediction: United on the up. 2-2 and stats are:
- Chelsea did not manage a single shot on target until the 60th-minute v Watford.
- If away matches ended at half-time, Man United would be joint top of the PL.
- Chelsea has won just two of their 11 matches v top half teams. Both against Arsenal.
- Wayne Rooney has scored seven in seven, after scoring one in the previous seven.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in six v United and no team has beaten them more times in the PL era (16).
- Wayne Rooney has directly contributed to seven PL goals in 2016. Scored (5) and assisted (2).