Manchester United's Herrera keen to repay Mourinho faith

Manchester United has blown the Premier League title race wide open with a convincing 2-0 victory over league leaders Chelsea on Monday morning AEST.

At the heart of the home side's display was a virtuoso performance from midfielder Ander Herrera, with the Spanish worldwide setting up the first goal and scoring the second.

In quotes featured in the match programme for the Chelsea game, Herrera praised Mourinho, revealing how the manager had told him before the season had started that he would be an important part of his first United side - something which filled him with confidence.

Victory lifted United to fifth place, four points below Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League place, with a game in hand.

Before Sunday's blank, Chelsea last failed to score in the Premier League in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham - and it is Spurs that are on their tail with the finishing line in sight. It was Rashford scoring the first goal along with Ander Herrera grabbing a goal and assist.

"I am looking to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season". Maybe I'm being naive and not taking into account those odd happenings we see from time to time (like Leicester) but I need some more time before being convinced Chelsea is in danger of losing the Premier League.

"The game was totally controlled with 11 players, only the decision that made us play with 10 men for the second half and 10 minutes in the first half gave Chelsea a chance to be dominant".

Gary Neville, who was on the expert panel at Sky Sports' post-match show, felt it was a "worrying sign for the future" if Chelsea couldn't cope with a loss of a player who is far from being their best.

Antonio Conte and his Chelsea players have a problem now and that's a big surprise to me.

A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho ensured the path to the English Premier League title will no longer be a procession for his former club, Chelsea.

Looking confident and full of verve, United pushed forward with intent while Chelsea were unusually ineffective going forward, with Herrera doing an excellent marking job on Hazard. We have a 50 per cent probability of winning the league. Mourinho had learned from the previous two games and this time he got one over our man Conte.

"Against Crystal Palace we didn't deserve to lose".

"But I am just concentrating on Manchester United and wanting to play well here".

"Against Chelsea and Tottenham we were up against the two best teams in the league who move the ball well and with the attacking threats that they've got that's where we want to get to".

"Everybody knows why - it is because we drew too many matches at home and we are paying the price".

  • Salvatore Jensen