Manchester United Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Martial, Rashford miss FA Cup trip to Chelsea

14 March, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has enjoyed a "position of privilege" by not having to deal with both European and domestic campaigns in his first season in England, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said.

The games already began for this one, as Mourinho then said his former club is already champions of the Premier League and have nothing else to play for other than the FA Cup.

And he suffered his biggest defeat in English football when Chelsea won 4-0 in the Premier League last October.

However, Conte has suggested he can field a marquee XI against Manchester United as Chelsea have no more games to play until Saturday (against Stoke City) - and they are 10 points ahead of Tottenham and Manchester City in the Premier League.

What happened in their next encounter set the tone for what was to follow for the next eighteen years, as Gianluca Vialli's Chelsea ran out 5-0 victors against a Man United side that would still go on to win the league title that season.

Mourinho's frustration boiled over at times and the Portuguese and Italian Conte had to be separated after an angry exchange shortly after Herrera's sending off left United facing a mammoth task.

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Plus, they can savour a league table that shows them five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal and six clear of Manchester United. The fact other sides have adopted the same approach and have had success will give Burnley even more confidence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out through suspension while Anthony Martial was injured as was captain Wayne Rooney.

"But we can not go to Stamford Bridge with a Nicky Butt team". Paul Pogba helped create the first of United's attacks after slipping in Rashford, who delivered the ball to Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Chelsea fans barraged Mourinho with chants of "you're not special anymore" and Oliver called the managers together to tell them to calm down as the tie threatened to boil over.

United pressed high, knocked the Blues off their stride somewhat and looked to feed Rashford through the channels where it was clear he had the beating of the Chelsea back-line. He often dropped back defensively which is sure to please Mourinho, who asks so much of his players.

Mourinho's men pushed an equaliser in the closing stages but were unable to bypass a stubborn Chelsea defence. Their record against the Blues up to that point had been a relatively healthy one, and that victory prolonged their unbeaten there to seven games.

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