Manchester United put a dent in Chelsea’s title procession on Sunday with a 2-0 win against the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
At the heart of the home side’s display was a virtuoso performance from midfielder Ander Herrera, with the Spanish international setting up the first goal and scoring the second.
Although those moments of brilliance capped off a terrific display, his primary job (as it was in the FA Cup tie between last month before he was sent off) was to mark Chelsea talisman, Eden Hazard. The Belgian international couldn’t even get an inch of space as Herrera stuck to him like glue:
Video via AntonioConte (probably not that one)
Herrera stats vs. Chelsea:
43 passes[squawka] pic.twitter.com/8CZNTWe33L
2 chances created
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Man United manager Jose Mourinho was praised to the hilt for a tactical masterclass against his old side and opposing manager Antonio Conte, as the Red Devils turned in what was undoubtedly their best performance under the Portuguese boss.
Despite fielding a side without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mourinho nailed his team selection as Marcus Rashford’s pace up front terrified a Chelsea defence that struggled to adjust to Marcos Alonso’s enforced injury absence in the warm-up before kick-off.
Mourinho and Herrera have given other teams a blueprint on how to nullify Chelsea – how much heed they take of that could have a huge bearing on Tottenham’s hopes of catching the Premier League leaders.