Rooney likely to start against Blues
26 August 2013, 17:03
Manchester - Manchester United manager David Moyes will take charge of his first home Barclays Premier League fixture at Old Trafford against Chelsea on Monday with Wayne Rooney likely to start after recovering from injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor saw his side post an excellent 4-1 win on the opening day of the season at Swansea City last weekend, with Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck scoring doubles for the champions.
But they are likely to face a sterner test against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, who started their campaign with consecutive home wins against Hull City and Aston Villa.
Since being confirmed as United manager, Moyes has had to wait more than 100 days for his first competitive fixture in front of the club's supporters.
"There have been a lot of things I have been looking forward to - like taking the team on tour and leading them out at Wembley,” Moyes said. "But to do it at Old Trafford for the first game against Chelsea is a thrill for me, it really is."
With both sides set to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title, the fixture will have plenty riding on it, with neither camp willing to concede early ground to their rivals. Rooney could make his first start under Moyes after recovering from injury.
"Wayne's got a good chance of playing,” Moyes said. “He has [a] good chance of starting [also].”
Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva (hamstring) is a certainty to miss, as is Darren Fletcher (illness) and Nick Powell (leg) for United. Ashley Young (ankle), Nani (groin) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring) are unlikely to feature.
Chelsea have not lost in their last 10 Barclays Premier League fixtures, a run that included a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in May. While Manchester United's home Barclays Premier League record is outstanding - they have won 51 of their last 59 home matches, losing just five – two of those defeats came against Chelsea. The two sides played each other five times last term, with Chelsea knocking their rivals out of both the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.
Mourinho’s only concern is David Luiz, who is a doubt to feature due to a hamstring injury.
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