Manchester United can beat Chelsea, insists Rafael

The Blues lead the Premier League by five points having won seven of their first eight matches, but the Brazilian believes the Red Devils can end that run on Sunday

Rafael is confident Manchester United can inflict Chelsea’s first defeat of the season when the two clubs meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s men have made a blistering start to the 2014-15 campaign, winning seven and drawing one of their opening eight matches in the top flight to open up a five-point lead over defending champions Manchester City.

United, by contrast, have struggled for consistency, with 12 points to their name as Louis van Gaal attempts to get the most out of his expensive squad.

But despite the differences in their respective early-season form, Rafael believes United are capable getting all three points from Chelsea.

“Everyone is beatable,” he told the club’s official website. “We have to do our best, of course. They are playing well.

“We’re playing at Old Trafford though and we’ve been getting results there so they are definitely beatable. I feel that we’ve been getting results here and have played some good football.

“Football is about results and, when you don’t play well and draw, like on Monday night [2-2 at West Brom], of course everyone will speak. But hopefully we can play well against Chelsea and, if we get the result, it would be very positive for us and the whole team.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of these games. I love to play these games. They always have a great atmosphere. I’m sure Old Trafford will be very loud again.

“It will be hard because they are playing well. We just have to concentrate and do our best, and I hope we can get the result we want.”

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