Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has fired a warning to United ahead of Sunday’s clash.
The Guardian notes:
“This is the first big, big test of our team and how we’ve improved, and we’re going there trying to show our best football and to secure a good result,” said Ivanovic, who is likely to partner John Terry in the centre of defence.
“United have started very well this season and have improved as a group. But, if you remember, we started last season the same way. It will be the hardest game for us until now and we will have to show 100% of our power. Psychologically, for both teams, it’s a very important game.”
“It was a different situation last year because we had to win there, and when you play a big game away from home which you have to win then, psychologically, it’s completely different,” Ivanovic said.
“But we have to take a good message and be more motivated from those games which we lost. We have our aims and our ideas for what we must try to use out on the pitch. Every tackle, every pass – everything – you feel directly how strong your opponent’s performance is, and we know they’ve improved, but let’s see what happens.”
The defender is right about one thing, it is a big test for both clubs and despite the visit of Arsenal, it will be United’s first real challenge against one of the top sides.
With Drogba seemingly out and Torres’ struggling it’s easy to be confident, let’s just hope United aren’t too complacent as Chelsea are always a threat.