FA Cup holder Manchester United were knocked out of the competition by a lone goal on Monday night as Jose Mourinho suffered his second defeat at Stamford Bridge this season. The Red Devil who had Ander Herrera sent off in keenly contested first half fell to N’Golo Kante goal shortly after restart.
Jose Mourinho men were without their talisman and top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was serving a three-match ban and skipper Wayne Rooney missed action as a result of an injury he sustained in training.
However, as Antonio Conte’s side remain on course for a double trophy this season, here are four things we learnt from the match
Jose Mourinho Plan Backfires
Mourinho and United target was to stop Eden Hazard with Phil Jones and Andera Herrera entrusted with that role but it backfired when the later was given his marching order and it eventually cost them. Already booked Herrera should have threaded more carefully but his decision to have a go at Hazard led to him being sent off.
Another Touchline Brawl For Mourinho
The name Mourinho is becoming synonymous with touchline brawl. The Portuguese boss was involved in a touchline altercation with, his third this season- with Antonio Conte who reacted furiously to a nasty tackle on Marcos Alonso. Mourinho had been involved in such with Liverpool boss and at West Ham this season.
Paul Pogba Performance Was Below Expectation
The world expensive player has not really lived up to his price tag, although he has shown glimpses of what he is capable of doing. He was outshone in the midfield by Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante in the match. He made just two tackles in the game and embarrassingly gave the ball away 21 times making the worst player on the pitch.
United Had Their Worst Possession of the Season
United had just 28% possession, their lowest figure in a match this season, four shots with just one of them on target.