Chelsea are scheduled to play United at Old Trafford on February 25, unless the Blues reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on the same day.
With that in mind, victory will have been in the hosts' thoughts as soon as the in-demand Jonny Evans headed them into a fourth-minute lead - the Northern Ireland defender showing the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City his value at both ends of the pitch. "I saw them very, very exhausted".
"We didn't play well but that's when we need the fans behind us". This, however, was one of his good games.
A lot of Leicester's players have had a rest, which will be good for them.
That said, even Chelsea's defending wasn't particularly impressive here. Conte took a team that finished tenth and turned them into title-winners. In both systems we are conceding less but, with both systems, we are scoring less than last season.
"I'm doing rotations. Against Norwich I made nine changes, against Arsenal I made 10 changes", he said.
South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2
At least two batting positions will be debated as the tourists seek a way to play themselves back into the three-Test series. Shortly after de Kock succumbed to Ashwin and then Philander ran himself out to give the tourists the upper hand.
Manchester United manager Mourinho on Friday said he regarded the situation with "contempt".
The midfielder diverted the ball in with his arm a minute before full-time as Watford came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw. I understand Southampton are unhappy like I was not one time, more than one time when the mistake is against us.
Ibrahimovic is out of tomorrow's Premier League game against Stoke City and Mourinho could not give a definitive date for his expected return.
While the home side survived several first-half scares and walked away with a point, their lack of control and struggle to create openings of their own will be a concern for the Italian.
For that, Claude Puel must take a large slice of the credit in this battle of the two most recent Premier League champions. "To live this injustice is really hard".
"If you don't score, you're lucky the game finishes 0-0". If Conte is unable to motivate his players then we have very little chance of progressing in the competition.
Newcastle United stretched their winless home run in the league to seven games and continued to slide towards the relegation zone after a 1-1 home draw with bottom-placed Swansea City.