Fans furious with Man United’s woeful defensive display against Chelsea

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United fans were outraged by their side’s woeful defensive performance against Chelsea as Jose Mourinho’s men succumbed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat.

The visitors, unbeaten in six going into the clash with Antonio Conte’s side, conceded after 30 seconds after some terrible judgement from Daley Blind, David de Gea and Chris Smalling allowed Pedro to stroke the ball into an empty net.

It was a dramatic setback, and one that United’s back four failed to recover from, conceding three more goals in a display hallmarked by a miserable lack of control and composure.

Man United fans were understandably horrified with their back four.

This was, above anything, a tactical humiliation for Mourinho and his back four. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system, a set-up adopted in the wake of their humiliation at Arsenal, completely bamboozled United. Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind, both solid at full-back so far this season, couldn’t cope with the interchanging, innovative attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa.

Conte’s use of wing-backs meant that the three up-front could ghost inside, drawing Blind and Valencia with them, and in turn creating space out wide for Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso to exploit. The result of this, as anyone who watched that game will tell you, was catastrophic: it was five – all bursting forward with unpredictability and intent – against a back four horribly pulled out of shape, and the home side inevitably ran riot.

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