Man U had their asses and more handed to them at Stamford Bridge losing to Chelsea 4-0. The loss was a blow out city as the Blues scored in the first thirty second off a bomb by Pedro for a quick on nil lead. It went downhill for the Red Devils after that. Gary Cahill 21st, Eden Hazard 62nd minute and last but not least N’Golo Kanté 70th minute tickled the twines for Chelsea.
BBC sports report these little tidbits: ‘It was the heaviest defeat for Jose Mourinho in all competitions since Real Madrid’s 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in November 2010.
United suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat since the 6-1 loss against Manchester City in October 2011.
The Red Devils lost a Premier League away match by four or more goals for the first time since 1999 – also at Chelsea.”
The Blues jump ahead of Spurs into fourth place on goal difference a plus ten compared to Tottenham’s plus nine. Both Chelsea and Spurs each have 19 points.
The Daily News on the Red Devils getting blowout by Chelsea: “The really painful news for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United is that their opponents didn’t have to be that good to embarrass them. Antonio Conte’s team are improving and showing some of the ruthless, clinical football that once characterised Chelsea under the bloke sitting in the away dugout on Sunday.
But Chelsea will play better than this and win by less. That is why this is not necessarily their story. No, this was an afternoon that told us more about Mourinho and United and two images of this desperately humbling day summed it all up.
The first came after N’Golo Kante had left Chris Smalling on the seat of his pants to score Chelsea’s fourth goal.
On the touchline, as Conte bounded around like a schoolboy on the last day of term, Mourinho looked as though he was about to make one of those ‘chin up’ gestures he made famous during his time at Stamford Bridge.
It turned out he was merely wiping water from his mouth and it was just as well. By then it was far too late for defiant gestures that his players could not match.
Then, at full-time, Mourinho pulled Conte close to deliver a lecture. It did not look pleasant, it looked desperate. At last some emotional energy from somebody associated with United but, as had been the case with their defending, it all seemed rather too little and too late.
With the score at 4-0, the shots on target stats had actually stood at 4-4. That told us a few things. It told us that Chelsea had not swarmed all over United like bees, peppering shots towards David de Gea’s goal.
It just told us that they had been far too good in the one area that really mattered and strengthened the theory that this United team are not equipped to survive when dragged in to a bout of punch and counter punch.
Deep down, Mourinho knows this too. That is why he sent his team out to play in the same manner as they did in drawing creditably at Liverpool a week ago. The Portuguese has always been a pragmatist but the limitations of this current team is drawing him deeper and deeper in to his shell.
At United, they say Mourinho seems subdued. Not just in public but in private, every day. The charismatic, confident coach they hired has arrived in body only. They say they are working with Mourinho-lite and his team, after a bright start, are now threatening to reflect that.
If a manager does not believe, how can his players?
On Sunday, Mourinho’s return to the place where we first felt we knew him began quietly – a quick hug for John Terry and one for a groundsman – and in terms of his team’s football it continued in that vein. Chelsea would have been mugs had they not taken advantage and once their Spanish forward Pedro gave them the lead within 30 seconds the water was only flowing one way.
United took some stick for their performance at Anfield. That was wrong as they got a point. Here the plan was almost identical – in terms of personnel and formation – but it was blown apart before a red shirt had even sniffed the ball and when that happens the criticism that comes your way will bury you.
Mourinho described the opening minute of the game as ‘an incredible mistake and I mean incredible in capitals’. He was right, too.
He now heads in to a Manchester derby against City on Wednesday with his team’s season at a critical point already.
For all their limitations, United are only six points off the top of the Premier League. Currently, though, Mourinho has issues to solve relating to Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who he refuses to select – and Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, from whom he is currently getting nothing at all.
United managers should always look up and not down but Mourinho will know how close the likes of Watford, Southampton and Bournemouth are in his team’s rear view mirror. Improvement must arrive very quickly indeed if this Battering at the Bridge is to stand out as his season’s low point by the start of winter.”
Man Shitty and Southampton tied one all. With the tie Shitty has 20 points as well as Arsenal and Liverpool. However Man Shitty is a plus eleven good enough for first place. My Gunners are a plus ten for second and The Reds are a plus nine for third place.
Man U stays in seventh with 14 points. Everton is sixth with 15 points.
Only six points separate Shitty and seventh place Red Devils.
The race is on baby.