At their current rate of progress, Chelsea will be close to securing the Premier League title by the time they visit Old Trafford, but Mourinho will want United to halt his former club's march to the championship and that extra motivation, combined with a noisy crowd, could see the home team gain a crucial three points.
"The break will be good for us after Monaco and the result against Liverpool".
Arsenal are in freefall and in danger of missing out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, but City are inconsistent and unpredictable.
Lawro predictions: Liverpool 2-0 Everton, Burnley 1-1 Tottenham, Chelsea 2-0 Palace, Hull 1-0 West Ham, Leicester 2-0 Stoke, Man Utd 2-0 West Brom, Watford 2-1 Sunderland, Southampton 1-1 Bournemouth, Swansea 2-0 Boro, Arsenal 1-1 City.
Arsène Wenger has had hard spells during his two decades at Arsenal, but never a period as tough as this one. "They have been on a fantastic run, without making much progress in the league", he added.
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The global break has allowed Manchester City players to recuperate and refocus ahead of their Premier League trips to Arsenal and Chelsea, midfielder Aleix Garcia has said. Goodison Park has been a hard venue for Chelsea in recent seasons and if they have a genuine hope of the top four, Ronald Koeman's team can rely on a raucous home support to urge them onto victory in this one. The two were only together for 18 months at Anfield, but the 52 Premier League goals they scored between them in 2013/14 nearly fired Liverpool to the title and obviously struck a lasting chord with supporters.
United still have to play five teams from the top seven, including City, Arsenal and Spurs away, while Arsenal in their present disarray will not find it easy to pick up points against City, Spurs, United and Everton, not to mention Stoke away from home.
Even allowing for the tenacity that teams in the relegation battle can show at this stage in the season, Spurs, City and Liverpool all have enough games against sides lower in the table to keep ahead of the chasers.
The pair were firm friends despite frenzied media speculation willing for a fiery falling out after an incident at the 2006 World Cup, and they ultimately went from strength to strength and scored 105 Premier League goals between them in three seasons from 2006 to 2009.
Arsenal normally got the better of City in Wenger's early years.