Jose Mourinho backs Chelsea to win league on one condition

Rio Ferdinand Gary Neville and Paul

Rio Ferdinand Gary Neville and Paul

I think they need points, we need points.

He is hoping to lead United to their first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge since October 2012 - and avoid losing for a fourth time in their opening nine league games for the first time since 1990.

José Mourinho has said he will not gloat if Manchester United beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday because he has too much respect for his former club.

The Blues have already beaten Arsenal 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in their second league fixture of the season, before Liverpool FC denied Chelsea FC a valuable win when Daniel Sturridge netted a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in west London outfit last month.

United had a hard time of it before the worldwide break, enduring a four-match winless run across all competitions before a dramatic 3-2 win over struggling Newcastle United.

"If you were to ask me right now which coach I'd like to work with again, I would say Mourinho", he said in an interview.

"I'll try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and supporters that were my supporters and my stadium for many years". Apart from that it is another match for me.

Mourinho added: "Players that are going to make an effort to be available for the team, like Herrera. I'm 100 per cent Manchester United, there's no space for anything else but respect for the stadium and people who were my friends".

Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini were all ruled out of worldwide duty with their countries and the United manager has revealed a number of others have returned to Carrington with problems.

"We also had surprises with players that we had no idea that they were injured and they arrived with important injuries".

"If the team don't play well then they're brought back in for an hour, then left out".

Mourinho is also dealing with injury problems ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge with Alexis Sanchez and Marouane Fellaini both doubts, although Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw have both travelled after missing worldwide duty.

"The squad shape is that everybody available is selected", the Portuguese told MUTV.

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