No longer the man for the big occasion at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old striker will again have to watch as Fernando Torres takes what used to be his place alongside Nicolas Anelka.
Both Drogba and Torres are out of form but it is the Ivorian who will sit out again
As Sportsmail exclusively predicted, Carlo Ancelotti dropped Drogba for the Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham two weeks ago and left him out again when his side met Copenhagen in the Champions League.
Now Drogba has to deal with missing exactly the kind of match he relishes most.
Ancelotti refused to confirm his plans yesterday. Of Torres, he said: 'He will be involved in the game. I don't know for how many minutes.'
He then merely repeated himself with regard to Drogba. 'He will be involved in the game. I don't know for how many minutes.'
Torres, 26, has a fine record against United and Ancelotti hopes he can build on that with his first goal since making his ?50million move from Liverpool to Chelsea last month.
'Obviously for a striker it is important to score,' added the Chelsea manager.
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