Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho says his team defeated the “best counter attacking team” in England as Premier League leaders Chelsea fell 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Portuguese said after the game that he is happy that the Red Devils convincingly cruised past the leaders, and that “nobody can doubt our credit to win the game.”
“Chelsea are the best counter attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well,” Mourinho said.
“I’m really happy with the boys. I’m happy – not because it’s Chelsea, it’s because we need these three points.
“I don’t feel extra joy at beating Chelsea – we beat the leader. It doesn’t matter if the leader is Chelsea or another – we beat them convincingly. Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game.”
Having lost 4-0 in this season at Chelsea and also going out of the FA Cup quarter-final following a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, United retaliated today with the win at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were looking to keep their unbeaten run of 21 matches and played according to script, in spite of a starting line-up wothout their top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
They scored in the seventh minute of the game through Rashford who showed brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball from close range in the back of the net after a great pass from Herrera.
Herrera doubled United’s lead in the 49th minute when he picked up the ball inside the box, found himself in a good position and fired in a shot which was deflected past Asmir Begovic.
Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League now stands at only four points and the title race is wide open again.
Although the Blues are still in a strong position, they are now feeling the hot breath of Spurs on their neck after Pochettino’s team made it seven successive league wins for the first time since 1967 with a 4-0 home win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
In the other Premier League game of Sunday, Liverpool beat hosts West Brom 1-0 to climb to third on the log.
Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino scored the winner for the second weekend running, as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a fifth win in seven games, sending West Brom to a third straight defeat..
“It was a big win against a good, tall team. We played really well from the first second,” Klopp said after the game.
“We needed to adapt to what West Brom wanted to do. In all our plans, it was ‘no set-pieces, no set-pieces, no set-pieces’.”
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