Mourinho plays down touchline melee after 'awful' Chelsea draw

Aubrey Yates
October 21, 2018

This was, in the second half at least, much more like it from United, as Anthony Martial proved his quality, Juan Mata pulled the strings and Paul Pogba strived to make amends for his terrible switch-off at Willian's corner that allowed Antonio Rudiger a free header for Chelsea's first goal.

Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have all looked far from comfortable and have made several costly errors and that has prompted Jose Mourinho to use Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay in defense at times.

Sarri was quick to apologise to Mourinho and said he would take action behind closed doors.

The Portuguese manager reacted angrily to the celebrations of one of Chelsea's coaching staff after a last-gasp equaliser from Ross Barkley made it 2-2.

Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho finally showed the passion that has been missing for much of this season in an explosive second half. I understood that we were in the wrong side of the situation.

This is the reality that Mourinho must accept. "I spoke immediately with the member of my staff and I told him to speak with Mourinho and say sorry".

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"I did not get respect from the Chelsea fans", he said. It may fall to the club's hierarchy to make the call rather than Sarri himself.

After the interval, however, it must have been startling for Sarri to see the way his team lost their way and perhaps, for the first time, we saw the hard evidence why Chelsea's manager has been saying since the start of the season that his team are not equipped to sustain a title challenge.

"We controlled that very, very well".

"We defend mixed, so some of the players are in zone, some have individual opponents".

Sarri said that his side had been in control for the first hour but had then tried to pass the ball long rather than their usual style of conserving possession and building attacks. "We work on the pitch, the analysis, the preparation", said Mourinho. I am really disappointed in this type of performance. I don't want the long ball, I don't want the second ball. The 2-2 in last minutes is ok, ok for the confidence of my players, but I have to look at something else. I don't want to go for the second ball.

"I think they're a near miss, I think they're one player away". Chris Smalling has been United's best defender this season, but even he can be unreliable at times, which tells you all you need to know about the club's defensive woes.

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