Manchester United vs. Chelsea: Youngsters Will Decide the Match

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IISeptember 17, 2011

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Javier Hernandez (C) of Manchester United celebrates scoring the fourth goal with Ashley Young (R) and Johnny Evans (L)  during the Barclays Premier League at the Reebok Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester United versus Chelsea is a matchup that in the past was focused on the veterans. This season the matches involving the two will focus on the young stars for the two clubs.

Manchester United has been running behind the young guns as they have been scoring at will. Chelsea has not been scoring at the same pace of Manchester but they have been handling the league so far with ease under their new coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Manchester United will turn to Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Chris Smalling to bring new dimensions to their team that Chelsea has not seen before. Chicharito makes deadly runs behind the defense and will be trying to trick John Terry and Co. as he fights for a goal.

Chicharito also is a player that likes to link with his fellow striker Wayne Rooney. The two have built good chemistry in a short amount of time and this is an important thing for Manchester United. Look for Hernandez to try to also feed the red-hot Rooney.

Chris Smalling has been deployed at right back this season and has excelled at his new role. He uses his long gait to get down the pinch on the wing and into the attack. He also is a player who is great in the air and has helped Manchester United capitalize on dead-ball opportunities.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Juan Mata of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Chelsea has two youngsters they will have to rely on to help bring them victory on Sunday.

Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge will be asked to play and give Chelsea a bit more bite and bring something that United has not seen. Juan Mata has successfully helped change how Chelsea plays. He has given the Blues more width in their attack. Mata also brings a bit more flair to the squad with his great on-the-ball skills and field vision.

Daniel Sturridge brings a high work rate up front along with finesse. Sturridge has played himself into Villas-Boas squad and looks determined to keep his place even if this means keeping the likes of Fernando Torres, Nicholas Anelka, or Didier Drogba on the bench.

This game will be determined by the passionate young players that are on the pitch.

They all give their squads different looks from years past and their teams will look to capitalize on the change.