Jose Mourinho: Manchester United controlled Chelsea triggers

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted his side controlled Chelsea during the 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.

The Portuguese manager’s tactics did appear to work well but his players still found themselves 1-0 down at halftime due to poor defending from a corner.

Anthony Martial fired back in the second half and grabbed a brace but Ross Barkley equalised late to force the stalemate.

Mourinho believes United had dealt well with the Blues’ ‘triggers’ and were unfortunate in conceding the two goals.

The draw has left the club nine points off the top spot but fans were still pleased with the performance if not the result.

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose said: “Everything [pleased him from United’s performance]. I think, what I call the Chelsea triggers, we controlled them.

“And the reality is we concede two goals from set-pieces, not in organised play, we control that very, very well and we put lots of feet in the last third in the first-half.

“In the second half we managed to transform that in occasions, in goals, in ambition, in faithful play, with good intensity, good passing, good quality. So I think we deserve much more than this result but this is what it is.

“I prefer to focus on the global performance, my midfield was very good, Paul was good, Matic was good, Mata was good, Ander Herrera was also in the game, these three attacking players work a lot.

“Mata, Martial, Rashford, were all in difficulty, the team did a fantastic work, so I will try to focus on the level of the performance and forget the bad result.

“If [the players] focus on the performance they will be really happy with themselves, if they focus on the result they will be very, very disappointed.”

Mourinho isn’t wrong with assessment as his attacking line-up actually worked against Chelsea’s typical tactics.

Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Martial all started the fixture in a surprise move by the former Real Madrid man.

Jose had the Spaniard man-mark Jorginho who is central to all of the Blues’ good play and it paid dividends as the rest of the opposition struggled.

Had United been confident in their play from the start then they may have even destroyed their opponents as the tactics were spot on from. their manager.

Hopefully Mourinho’s men can continue to perform admirably and secure results to match it.

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