Conte frustrated by Herrera handball, but takes blame for setback

Manchester United's team manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Mourinho has had a challenging first season at the United helm, with nine home draws in the league summing up his difficulties, but Sunday's 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea was a tactical masterclass.

The Red Devils scored in the seventh minute of the game through Rashford who showed brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball from close range in the back of the net after a great pass from Herrera.

"It is disturbing moving forward, it is a glimpse moving forward for Chelsea if they are going to drop so far with one or two injuries, they do need to strengthen that squad".

The likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young could all leave the club this summer and United will have significant funds to spend.

Spurs have won their last seven league games to keep the pressure on Chelsea, who also lost at home to Crystal Palace earlier in the month.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte accepted Tottenham were back in the title race after suffering a potentially damaging loss at the hands of his predecessor Jose Mourinho.

"If we are able to win I think we must be proud for this, otherwise we must clap another team".

"I don't feel extra joy at beating Chelsea - we beat the leader". We have to think that there are six finals from now until the end. The former Juventus and Italy manager has urged his players to bounce back when they take on Tottenham in the cup tie on Saturday.

Jesse Lingard is likely to provide a central attacking foil just behind Rashford in a 3-5-1-1 formation similar to the one Mourinho employed in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to the Blues at Stamford Bridge in March.

"As I said, I went to Old Trafford to see the game".

"We didn't play a good game and United deserved to win the game", said Conte. The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league. You never know, if we can win it might put a bit more doubt in their minds for the Premier League'. "We can be very happy". Mourinho's pre-match contention that Chelsea were more rested and that they only play on the counter-attack was in fact more true of his own team.

The result also gave United's hopes of finishing in the top four a lift on an afternoon when talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not feature until the last 10 minutes.

"It is important to find the right solution, but the decision of the referee [Bobby Madley] wasn't good for us".



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