Didier Drogba has said that he is fearing for his Chelsea future. He did not start Tuesday’s Champions League tie away to FC Copenhagen with the Chelsea manager afforded the excuse that the striker, who is 33 next month, needed to be rested after playing 120 minutes against Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday.

With almost a full week’s rest and preparation before what Terry termed a “must-win” encounter at home to United on Tuesday, then Ancelotti will have all his big-name strikers – Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres – in the same condition.

Torres can expect to start (even though he could do with a pair od Didier’s Drogba Football Boots to help him find the net!) and after his two goals lst week, Nicolas Anelka should also play.

Terry paid tribute to the forwards. “The two guys who started, showing their pace, playing on people’s shoulders, there’s probably no better in the league,” the central defender said.

“Didier Drogba came on and showed the hunger and hopefully this is the start of them all clicking together; the three of them, between them, are so different as well. They are some of the best. To play against them must put fear into defenders.”