Kante, who was named the PFA Player of the Year last season, has not played for Chelsea in over a month after suffering an injury during the international break with France.
The 26-year-old was in contention to feature in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Roma but eventually sat out as the hosts clinched an impressive 3-0 victory.
Speaking after the defeat, Kante suggested he would struggle to face United on Sunday but medical staff at Cobham believe the midfielder will be in a position to face his former manager Mourinho, according to the Daily Telegraph.
In the six games Kante has missed since suffering a hamstring injury, Chelsea have lost twice and conceded 11 goals.
Chelsea 2017/18 Fixtures
Manchester United (H) – Sun 5 Nov
West Brom (A) – Sat 18 Nov
FK Qarabag (A) – Wed Nov 22 (Champions League)
Liverpool (A) – Sat 25 Nov
Swansea (H) – Wed 29 Nov
Newcastle (H) – Sat 2 Dec
Atletico Madrid (H) – Tue 5 Dec (Champions League)
West Ham (A) – Sat 9 Dec
Sunday’s clash will also give Nemanja Matic his first return to Stamford Bridge following his summer move to Old Trafford. The Serbia international has made an instant impact under Mourinho and Phil Neville labelled Chelsea’s decision to sell him as one of the ‘poorest decisions’ in the history of the Premier League.
‘What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,’ Neville said on BBC Five Live. ‘It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
‘When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside [N’Golo] Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.
‘If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.
‘They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.’
Published at Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:15:00 +0000