Chelsea failed to adapt against United, says Jenas

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revelled in the tactics his side implemented in their 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

Despite having been barracked with chants of "Judas" during United's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup last month, Mourinho said victory over his former club carried no special significance.

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"I don't know to say, but different teams, different players, maybe it's hard for some managers to find Ander Herrera to do the job that he did today", Mourinho said, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

And Conte said after the game that United deserved to take all three points against Chelsea because the hosts demonstrated a greater desire to win than the visitors - and accepted the blame for the end result.

It was a signature win for Mourinho near the end of his first season at United.

Even so, Chelsea defender David Luiz was still exposed too easily by Herrera's precise pass, with Rashford allowed to gallop clear before slotting a cool finish under Asmir Begovic for his ninth goal of the season. He's a clever footballer and with the guidance of a coach who's made him work on his game in wide areas Rashford should be a major part of Manchester United's future. Chelsea didn't have a shot on target in a league game for the first time in almost a decade.

"I think it was nearly ideal", Herrera said. He was working the channels well, holding up the play superbly, and putting in tackles to force Chelsea to start play from deep, dead-ball situations rather than high, fast-break positions.

"Spurs are streets ahead of us at the moment in terms of form and mentality".

Still, the pressure is certainly on the leaders now.

He added: "The league is open and we have a 50% (chance) to win the league". We have five days to prepare for this game and then play to win.

This is a blueprint of how United can move forward over the coming years as the pace of each created a type of football that eschews the static Zlatan Ibrahimovic-based style. The Manchester rivals meet at City's Etihad Stadium on April 27.

The visitors struggled to get going at Old Trafford, though much of that was down to an excellent showing by Mourinho's side.

Herrera later scored United's second goal, sealing the victory at Old Trafford.

Herrera looked to have handled the ball in the build-up to that goal but he wasn't penalized.

  • Julie Sanders