Hiddink excited for United clash

New Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is happy to not be "on holiday" as he prepares to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

The Dutchman, brought in to steady the ship after the departure of Jose Mourinho, was at the helm as the Blues recorded a 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday, and is eager to take on the Red Devils next.

"It's always nice to be involved in intense games, as it was on Saturday and as it will be again tonight," he told the club's official website.

"When I was asked (to return) I could have said I wanted to relax at home, I had plans to go on holiday, but my partner looked into my eyes when I got the call and said we're not going on holiday, we're going to London, which means I had the feeling I could contribute something."

The reigning champions are expected to improve on the nine defeats that left them languishing in the bottom half of the table and cost Mourinho his job, but Hiddink saw positives in their stalemate with the Hornets.

"We had two setbacks, first with their penalty and the handball by [Nemanja] Matic, and secondly their deflected goal," he added.

"If the team had not reacted I would have said there is a lot to do in terms of the mental part of the game, but they reacted as they did and that's why I feel the team can be confident."