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Man Utd and Chelsea swapsies: Three is magic number

| 27.12.2015

Matt Haynes | December 26, 2015

With two giants of the English game set to go head to head, Coral take a look at which three players from either side this season would make it into each other’s sides.

Let’s not rock around the Christmas tree here (okay, beat around the bush…forgive us for trying to spread a little festive metaphor) neither of these sides have made shining examples this season so far, however, we would be fools not to recognise at least three stand out individuals from each team, with Chelsea 2/1 courtesy of Coral to win.



Only a grinch wouldn’t recognise his talents. The diminutive Brazilian has single handed pioneered his team’s Champions League charge this term, scoring important goals to boot. He would easily fit into the Red Devils’ XI.

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John Terry

Despite his age, the former England centre half is still a commanding threat and knows how to get favourable results at both ends of the field. Would walk into the United rearguard.

Diego Costa

Let’s not be coy any longer. Everyone who is anyone knows that on his day, Costa is one of the most fearsome strikers in Europe, and United need a goal scorer. Go figure.
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Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini

Chelsea need muscle in midfield, while another option up front would also not be too bad. The Belgian bruiser offers all of this and much much more.
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Wow, we hear you call. Well, it may be pantomime season, but we’re certainly not joking. On his day, the Spaniard has shown he can run the show for United and single handedly save them from humiliation against major rivals (Liverpool 2015 anyone?) and so deserves his spot in the team for his former team.

David de Gea

Argumentative at best, but this season and last season, there is a reason why United have been consistently in the Premier League top four and the Spaniard is it. Definitive.


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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.