By Wayne Veysey

6th Feb, 2016 | 9:49am

Manchester United strongest team v Chelsea: Playmaker starts

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Juan Mata is set to get the nod over Ander Herrera to start for Manchester United in their showdown against Chelsea on Sunday.

Mata was demoted to the bench for three Premier League matches in January as Louis van Gaal preferred Ander Herrera to his fellow Spaniard.

But the former Chelsea playmaker has been impressive since returning to the team in United’s last two fixtures, the wins over Derby in the FA Cup and Stoke in the league.

Mata has been used almost exclusively on the right wing this season but was handed his favourite No10 role in midweek, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard starting on the flanks.

Manager Van Gaal must decide whether it would leave his team to open to have Mata in the middle away at Chelsea.

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In other Manchester United team news, Morgan Schneiderlin is in contention to play at Stamford Bridge after being overlooked in favour of Marouane Fellaini against Stoke.

Manchester United (possible): De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney.