Mourinho’s Manchester United side stunned the league leaders with a 2-0 victory at the weekend, which helped the Red Devils exact revenge for the two previous wins Chelsea managed to secure over the club this season.
At the heart of the home side’s display was a virtuoso performance from midfielder Ander Herrera, with the Spanish global setting up the first goal and scoring the second.
Calls from supporters for Ander Herrera to be given the Manchester United captaincy are growing louder and louder.
Rashford, starting up front alongside Jesse Lingard in Ibrahimovic’s absence, had already struck wide from a good opening before he made the early breakthrough, netting for a second league game running.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte took the blame and claimed his side’s title chances had been reduced to “50 per cent probability” after defeat by Manchester United.
“Chelsea are the best counter-attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well”.
“I said it all along that, when he was coming through the youth team and reserves, you could see there was something special about him, ” Young said.
Premier League leaders Chelsea’s advantage over second-placed Tottenham has been cut to four points with six games to go and Cahill has acknowledged they can not afford to slip up again. “It’s different to Spain and Germany where you can feel safe with a seven-point lead and say to yourself, ‘You’re going to be champions.’ If we do what we did over the last matches, we’ll be champions”.
“You know, we have been together for nearly 10 months or something like that”, the United boss said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Anderlecht.
He said: “I think we have had very good performances – Arsenal here, Tottenham here, when we played really well”.
“I think it can be a good night on Thursday but we have to try to win because it is the most important thing”.
“We gave them double problems”.
Zlatan Ibrahimović – 7: Brought on for the final ten minutes, the big Swede received a well-earned rest after a hectic season.
Chelsea put in their worst performance of the season – they didn’t even muster a shot on target, and were terrible from from front to back. We have to think there are six finals (the final six league games) from now until the end.
Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that moved Jurgen Klopp’s men back into third place in the EPL.