Although his Manchester United side emerged from last Sunday’s eagerly awaited Premier League fixture against Chelsea with a 2-1 victory, Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho was quick to compliment his former club on just how good a team they are.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the result that sees his team open up a six point gap over Antonio Conte’s side in the Premier League table, the Portuguese coach said:
“We beat a fantastic team, for some reason they were the champions last season, and for some reason they played well against Barcelona, and for some reason they started the game very well,”
“So, we beat a very good team, we had to be organised, everybody had to follow the game plan and have spirit. We beat a very good team.
“They started very well and when they hit the post, I was looking at my players, what can we do, who can I blame, but it was such a lovely move, we couldn’t stop it.
“But we found a way to play against them, and we had a good control of Eden Hazard. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal.”
Games between United and Chelsea are traditionally feisty affairs, and many fans expected some sideline fireworks between Mourinho and Conte, who have been embroiled in a bitter war of words in recent months.
However, both managers shook hands before and after the game to diffuse any simmering tension.
Chelsea were the dominate side during the first period, although United grew into the game in the second-half, and probably just about deserved their win in the end.