Pogba has come under the microscope in recent times, with the critics out in full force after the French midfielder failed to inspire his side in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle at St James’ Park. The 24-year-old did not feature for Man United in their 2-0 FA Cup victory over Huddersfield, fuelling further speculation of a rift between the player and manager Mourinho. Should Pogba play against Chelsea, his side will need him to be at his commanding best to pull the strings.
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Paul Pogba vs Eden Hazard
Chelsea’s creative force is the diminutive Eden Hazard, who has been their star turn for most of the season. Hazard is the Blues’ top scorer with 11 goals and has shouldered the responsibility of leading the team on the attacking front as summer signing Alvaro Morata has blown hot and cold.
With three goals in his last three games, Vardy is a man on form. While the lack of Mahrez as an attacking option certainly will blunt the Foxes’ attack, Vardy has been the main man for his side this season and has netted 12 in the league this season already – one less than his total league tally last campaign.
Manchester City vs Leicester City
Jamie Vardy vs Ederson
Facing the speedy Englishman will be Man City custodian Ederson, who has been one of the revelations of the season since his move in the summer. The 24-year-old has made several key stops this season, and once again lived up to his reputation last weekend, making a stunning save from Aaron Lennon to deny the ex-Everton man.
Often in this section we like to pinpoint a direct match-up, usually a midfield battle or attack versus defence. But on this occasion why not focus on the two men who will most likely lead their sides to victory?
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
Harry Kane vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Kane has been in sensational form all season, while many have often speculated how former Bundesliga Golden Boot winner Aubameyang would adjust to the English game.
Whoever has the biggest influence for his side could well decide the outcome of this huge clash.
Kane is setting the pace with 21 goals, three ahead of the Egyptian, but Van Dijk is the man many will look at to keep Kane quiet and give the home team the best chance of victory.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspurs
Virgil van Dijk vs Harry Kane
Kane has hit a point where he seemingly sets a new scoring milestone every other week and will come face-to- face with his closest challenger for this year’s Golden Boot, Liverpool flyer Mohamed Salah.
Monreal has been in fine fettle for Arsenal, scoring one and assisting two in a 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace, and then following that up with a goal against rivals Chelsea to put Arsenal in the finals of the Carabao Cup. The Spaniard will also need a stellar defensive performance however to stop the speedy Walcott.
Arsenal vs. Everton
Nacho Monreal vs Theo Walcott
Walcott will be eager to prove a point against his former club, having dazzled in spells but failed to consistently star for the Gunners. He made an immediate impact on his debut for Everton, notching an assist for Oumar Niasse’s leveler against West Bromwich Albion. Fielded on the right side of the midfield three, Walcott could face a familiar face in the form of Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal, should Arsene Wenger decide to field a back four.
Sanchez will want to continue his momentum after earning widespread praise for commencing his United career with two assists in a 72-minute effort in the FA Cup victory over Yeovil Town.
Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town
Alexis Sanchez vs Aaron Mooy
Having played an instrumental role in Huddersfield’s promotion last season, Mooy announced his arrival on the EPL stage with a stunning opening goal in that famous win over United in October. He provides the creative spark for the Terriers and can also finish and while he isn’t in the class of Sanchez, they do fill similar roles for their respective teams.
Up against Kane will be Phil Jones, a key member of the Red Devils defence which has kept four clean sheets in its past four league encounters. Jones has been extremely consistent for Mourinho's men this season, with the team only keeping one of their 13 clean sheets in the league without him in the line-up.
Tottenham vs. Manchester United
Harry Kane vs Phil Jones
There is no striker in hotter form than Spurs frontman Harry Kane. The clinical Englishman netted his 99th Premier League goal against Southampton - his ninth in the past five Premier League starts. Kane has 21 goals in the league this season and been unplayable at times.