- Jose Mourinho's astonishing
feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United's warring
duo head to West Ham United, while Chelsea's Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery
On any other weekend, the
showdown between Premier League leaders Liverpool and title rivals Chelsea at
Stamford Bridge would be the centre of attention.
But United manager Mourinho is
embroiled in a clash of egos with France midfielder Pogba that threatens to
derail his side's season.
Mourinho and Pogba were filmed in
a heated discussion at United's training ground on Wednesday, just 24 hours
after the World Cup winner was told he would no longer be the team's
The volatile Pogba reportedly
infuriated Mourinho by making it clear he wants to join Barcelona and poured
fuel on the fire when he criticised the manager's cautious tactics in last
weekend's draw with Wolves.
With United players said to be
taking sides on the row, Mourinho is facing a toxic situation that could divide
There was further woe for Mourinho
on Tuesday as United, with the rested Pogba watching from the stands, were
dumped out of the League Cup third round in an embarrassing defeat against
second tier Derby.
United are already eight points
behind Liverpool and can ill-afford another setback in an already traumatic
Against that tense backdrop, the
announcement of United's team-sheet at West Ham on Saturday will be eagerly
awaited to see whether Pogba will be recalled or be consigned to exile.
Regardless of Pogba's presence,
United must raise their effort levels, according to their veteran defender
"I think they had more
intensity than we did," Young said of the Derby defeat.
"You have to show that
intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn't do that, and I think we
Once the latest chapter of
Mourinho's row with Pogba is out of the way in east London, all eyes will turn
to the west side of the capital where Chelsea star Hazard plans to aims repeat
his midweek heroics against Liverpool.
Belgium playmaker Hazard came off
the bench to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup with a superb solo strike at
Anfield on Wednesday.
Hazard's stunning late goal
capped Chelsea's come from behind 2-1 victory, making them the first team to
stop Liverpool winning this season.
That drama finale set the stage
for Saturday's rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match
winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two
points behind in third place.
If Chelsea are to deal another
blow to the Reds, they will surely need another memorable contribution from
With five goals in his first six
league games, Hazard has started the season in fine form, prompting Chelsea
team-mate Ross Barkley to hail him as the world's best.
Asked if Hazard compared to
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Barkley said: "They are probably a lot
more selfish than Eden is. He is not a selfish player.
"He is establishing himself
in the top three players in the world now, and at the minute, he's probably the
best player in the world."
Liverpool have failed to win
their last four meetings with Chelsea and a victory over Maurizio Sarri's team
would be a major statement of intent as they chase a first English title since
Like Sarri, Reds boss Jurgen
Klopp made eight changes in the League Cup tie, but insisted it was still a
valuable lesson ahead of the more important match this weekend.
"We know much more what will
happen on Saturday because we've seen it before, so we will use the two days to
prepare," Klopp said.
"We can do better and now we
know more. I think we were well prepared, but the game will help