Manchester United have been slapped with an FA charge in the wake of Monday night’s FA Cup quarter final defeat at the hands of Chelsea for failing to control their players. United lost that match 1-0 after Ander Herrera received a red card for a second consecutive rash challenge on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Mourinho made four changes to the side which began last Thursday’s draw at FC Rostov, with David De Gea, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian starting alongside Rashford.
His starting line-up seemed harsh, though, on Cesc Fabregas, who was hugely impressive in starting Chelsea’s previous two matches against Swansea City and West Ham United, only to be dropped for the visit of the bigger Manchester United.
“Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one”.
It’s not the first time former Italy and Juventus coach Conte has had an exchange with Mourinho, who steered Chelsea to three Premier League titles in two spells at the club.
“We can not go with Nicky Butt’s team [ie players from the under-23 team, managed by Butt]”.
“We have to be positive, the players were phenomenal but Pogba was by far the best player on the pitch”, Mourinho said after the game. Two of England’s best squads go head-to-head on March 13 with Chelsea taking on Manchester United.
United manager Mourinho, who may be forced into deploying a makeshift striker because of illness, injury and suspension, had last month described Chelsea as a ” very defensive team ” that overused the counterattack. He comes form a working family with three boys so I am sure the Mum and Dad worked hard for many years.
“We had one gift and we thought one gift was enough”, Mourinho said. When we stayed with one player less they could be more dominant.
The tournament is clearly something Mourinho values, knowing success in the Europa League guarantees his side a return to the Champions League. Play restarted and Herrera evidently did not believe the warning applied to him.
Between the Europa League and the FA Cup, Manchester United had a week to forget in the campaign for trophy success.
United and Rostov play the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Chelsea fans barraged Mourinho with chants of “you’re not special anymore” and Oliver called the managers together to tell them to calm down as the tie threatened to boil over.