Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll Pile on Misery for United, Says Mikel

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll Pile on Misery for United, Says Mikel

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Byline: Simon Johnson

JOHN OBI MIKEL today warned Manchester United that Chelsea have revenge as well as retaking the lead in the title race on their minds when they meet at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Chelsea, who trail Sir Alex Ferguson's side by just one point, have suffered some embarrassingly one-sided defeats there in the past two seasons, being beaten 3-0 and 2-0 on their last two League visits at the champions.

However, Chelsea go into the top-ofthe-table clash full of confidence again after scoring 12 goals in wins over Portsmouth and Aston Villa.

It is in stark contrast to United, who lost the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in midweek and are set to be without top scorer Wayne Rooney for up to a month due to his ankle injury.

Mikel is adamant Chelsea can add to United's misery and secure a first win at Old Trafford since 2005.

He said: "It's about time we go up there and win again because we can do it. We can go there, play good football and win the game.

"It depends on how we come out to play and fight because it's going to be really difficult but we're ready for it.

Hopefully this time it will go our way.

"We have made it clear that we need to win every match and every game we play is a big one but because of where we are in the League, it looks like we're going to have to win it.

"We have got a very difficult schedule for the rest of the season and it has come to the stage where every point is very important but we have to think about Saturday for now."

Mikel also believes Chelsea will be fresher, having not been involved in the Champions League this week while United suffered a 2-1 defeat against Bayern Munich and face a difficult second leg at home next Wednesday. The midfielder added: "If you're a professional and playing for a team like Chelsea, you want to play Saturday and Wednesday but it has given time for players to recover and everyone will be ready for the weekend. …

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