Chelsea's Morata deals blow to United title bid

Chelsea's Morata deals blow to United title bid

They had space to counter-attack, but we had initiative, courage, dynamism and the chances to equalise, which would have been a fair result.

However, he concedes that in four or five years he will be able to go to Stamford Bridge and people will have forgotten that he was ever at the club.

The two sides are set to go head to head in a crunch matchup at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea no doubt desperate to return to winning ways following their 3-0 hammering at the hands of AS Roma in the Champions League during the week.

The goal was gifted in the 55th minute by the United defense, but it also owed much to Cesar Azpilicueta's vision and precision.

Testing the waters early on, Romelu Lukaku looked up for this huge game as his driven effort was parried wide by David De Gea. Morata fluffed an arguably easier chance to finish the game late on but it mattered little.

Reports have suggested that Conte's relationship with the Chelsea board has soured amid dissatisfaction at the level of support he has received from the Blues hierarchy.

Mourinho has tended to rotate between Martial and England forward Marcus Rashford as his left-sided attacker, with the duo's only two starts together coming in Carabao Cup wins against Burton and Swansea.

FW Eden Hazard, 8 - Hazard's effectiveness in traumatising United's defence could probably be measured by the number of times he found himself dumped on the floor by over-assertive challenges. "I don't understand why we have to try again to put him on the right".

Whatever did happen, United fans, on the whole, are please that the Reds went for Lukaku this summer.

Chelsea won 1-0 with Luiz sitting in the stand, having not even been named as a substitute.

"I'm happy to work with my players".

Mourinho's side were given a gentle start to the season by the fixtures computer with modest opposition for their opening seven games and they took advantage with 21 goals and six wins along with plenty of entertaining football.

But the Chelsea man says his only focus is on the team - not individual awards. "But there are 18 teams more worried than us because we are second".

"The problem is if you don't have 23, 24 players in the squad". If we win a third, we'd be all of just one point behind second place.

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