“It is a different
“They seem to have managed to adapt to the style straightaway and have hit the ground running, there are no doubts about that.
“It is different to what we have faced but it will be a new challenge. If we do win the ball they will leave a lot more spaces than you usually expect from Chelsea. Normally they are very solid and have men behind the ball and are hard to beat. With all those attacking players it may give us spaces to exploit.
“But if we attack them they will be looking to exploit us on the counter attack, as we saw against Tottenham. They played some fantastic counter-attacking football and really killed the game off. We have to be aware of that. They may leave you gaps, but they can do it to you.”
Fletcher is easing back to his best after his spell out with a bowel condition, and facing Chelsea would be a significant next step.
“If I am chosen, it would be the biggest game of my comeback,” he said. “I am fully aware that I am still on my way back and the more games I get, the better it will be for me. I will have to be patient. I am back quicker than I expected.
“I’ve always appreciated how fortunate I was to play this game, but I think you appreciate it more after going through something like I have.”
United are still assessing the seriousness of Shinji Kagawa’s knee injury after he was substituted at half-time against Braga on Tuesday.
Kagawa, who wanted to play on in the 3-2 victory, is confident the knock is minor but United are taking no chances and will await the results of further tests on Wednesday to discover the extent of the problem.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Kagawa twisted his knee, but we don’t know the extent of it at the moment.”