Sloppiness cost Man United in Belgium, says Mourinho

In the last outing, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was also on the end of some rough treatment from the United players, particularly in the early stages of the match.

Ibrahimovic has been connected with a move to the MLS to become the LA Galaxy's latest expensive worldwide addition, but Mourinho has been outspoken about making the United's top scorer stay at Old Trafford next season.

Leaders Chelsea have drawn just three. After all, few hurdles stand between them and the Premier League title, with this opponent arguably the most hard of the teams remaining.

"At the end of my meeting with the manager I said "I'm going to prove you wrong". United want to find a place in the first four of the table and they have every possibility of doing that", the Italian said. "There is nothing I can do, they have to go until the limits". It's not right. They deserve the best because they are having a good season, but I think all my players are having a great season.

"We lost the ball easily... we stopped our counter-attacks because of sloppy decisions and we allowed them the opportunity to have counter-attacks".

Mourinho praised Shaw's display against Sunderland, where the defender came off just after the hour mark and was given a handshake and pat on the back by his manager. "There's no other chance, we don't have any other central defenders".

"We always believe, it's always our aim to win", he said. "We have to fight for every game".

"It's not the end of the world but we are better than that. He's given the players and the club a lot more confidence".

Mourinho was angry after the game, stating that "the people that have to kill the game, they didn't". I want to try and win with my team. "I want to see who is the victor".

"A fourth Old Trafford Premier League draw in a row will be a popular prediction".

Manchester United are Sky Bet's 6/4 favourits for the victory with Chelsea marginal outsiders at 9/5, while the draw is priced at 11/5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the slight favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 4/1, closely followed by 9/2 shot Diego Costa, while Eden Hazard is sure to be popular at 6/1 to net first.

  • Joanne Flowers