From Old Trafford Stadium Some facts which show how Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s men controlled Antonio Conte’s table toppers
By some distance, it was the best Manchester United performance of the Jose Mourinho age.
Despite causing some dismay with his team selection – the benching of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (professional Forward) had many Man United fans fearing the worst – the Red Devils were brilliant against Chelsea.
The table toppers of the Premier League had already beaten manager Jose Mourinho’s disciples with a couple of time this season but a third defeat to his former employers was never on the cards for The Special One. One of his trademark tactical master classes saw his team come up as comfortable and deserving 2-0 winners at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester United.
In fact, Manchester United was too good, there are a lot of statistics that show just what a remarkable job they did of shutting down the champions-elect…
- Since September 2007, Chelsea failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League match for the first time.
The last time Chelsea Ironically managed to go through a whole game without hitting the target was which was also versus Manchester United, at Old Trafford Stadium.
- Eden Hazard did not complete a single ‘take-on’.
On the other hand, the league’s most in-form and dangerous attacking player did not go past a Manchester United defender at any point in the whole match.
- During the first half, Manchester United’s tactics almost completely nullified the threat of Pedro and Hazard.
To make these two players, this ineffective is quite an achievement:
- Ander Herrera’s brilliance left Chelsea’s midfield helpless and hapless.
In performance, just look at the difference between Herrera and Nemanja Matic, his equivalent at Chelsea:
- Chelsea created only 3 chances in the whole match.
- In the first half, Chelsea mustered just 1 shot their lowest total in a Premier League first half this season.
That was not a shot on target. That was just a shot, full stop.
- This was the first time in 9 Premier League games that Manchester United managed to beat Chelsea.
The last time Manchester United beat their vision side in the league was October 2012. Jose Mourinho just lifted the curse…
- After 90 minutes, Chelsea has not completed a single pass inside Manchester United’s penalty area.
Says a lot about The Blues’ attacking performance and a lot about Manchester United’s defensive display.
- The opening goal of Marcus Rashford was the first time Manchester United have scored in the first 20 minutes of a league game at Old Trafford stadium in this season.
I.e. this was the best start of Manchester United have made to a home game this season.
- In the Premier League since December 2013, Goal of Rushford was the earliest Chelsea had conceded.
It takes a special kind of performance to catch this Chelsea side cold. Marcus Rashford scored after just 7 minutes; the last player to score earlier against them was Martin Skrtel.
- United’s Premier League unbeaten run now stands at 22 matches (W12 D10 L0)
Ok, so this does not refer directly to their performance against Chelsea. But still, the fact Manchester United are now on Premier League’s longest unbeaten run since 2010/11 also Manchester United, with 24 is worth a mention.