Eden Hazard has been in incredible form this season, and the 27-year-old currently tops the scorer’s chart with seven goals in eight appearances in the league so far.
Hazard has been the best player this season so far and is even tipped by many to win the Ballon d’Or.
With Chelsea hosting Manchester United on Saturday, all the attention will again turn to Hazard, and former Manchester United defender Wes Brown thinks Hazard should be man-marked on Saturday.
Brown told the official Manchester United website: “Eden Hazard is one of my favourite players to watch, to be fair. He’s started excellently. I think he’s carried on from what he did in the World Cup. I thought he had an excellent World Cup and this season for Chelsea, over the last few games, he’s been excellent.
“He’s definitely the star man and he’s one of those players who is so good on the ball. He’s so quick, he’s so tricky and he can produce a goal. That is what we’ve got to watch out for at the weekend.
“I like the idea of man-marking. I remember the manager, Sir Alex, asked me to do that against Messi and Barcelona one time, with help from the team! I think it is quite simple: the less that Hazard gets of the ball, the less of a threat he is, so if someone can get tight on him pretty early on then hopefully he passes the ball off every time or we get a tackle on him. That’s a good game plan because, even though Chelsea have started the season really well, he is definitely the main threat.”
Brown has looked back at United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle and believes the club can get a good result if the players put in the same performance that was seen in the second half against Rafa Benitez’s men.
He added: “Chelsea are unbeaten under Sarri and I am a little bit surprised. Having watched them you can see they are playing freely, they are enjoying it and Hazard has been that main danger. The way he gets forward and the way the team plays, it’s very exciting and they’ve started really well.
“We need more of the focus that we saw in the second half against Newcastle. We need the passion that we showed. We just need to start with that same level against Chelsea. Confidence is massive, I’ve always said that, and that win should have lifted ours. If we want to start well after the international break, then Chelsea and Juventus are exactly the games that you want. These are the games you need to be up for and I am sure they will be.”