Jose Mourinho was right to slate us, admits Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Jose Mourinho was right to slate us, admits Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho was right to slate us, admits Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Herrera shadowed Hazard in a tactical plan by United manager Jose Mourinho that limited the effectiveness of Chelsea's main attacking threat.

United is four points off the Champions League berths and has a game in hand on fourth-place Manchester City. A lot will also depend on what formation he chooses to play in such an inportant game away from home. But we are still grinding, we are still pushing because we have this Europa League and the end of the Premier League. We want to win.

Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will miss the match for Manchester United while Chelsea have suffered a huge blow right before the game.

Next up for United is a clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea, who have impressed Ibrahimovic this season. In addition to Manchester United, Chelsea lost at home to Crystal Palace, a team who has been rescued from potential relegation by Sam Allardyce and has only lost once since mid-February.

"Maybe we didn't "rest" players ahead of Thursday (when United play Anderlecht in the Europa League), we just chose the team we thought was the best team", Mourinho told Sky Sports at Old Trafford.

While Chelsea is no longer the free-wheeling team seen in the weeks before Christmas, having gone nine league games without a clean sheet, it boasts a formidable record against United. He said: "I think they are overall a good team".

Gary Cahill endured an awkward moment shortly beforehand when glancing Rashford's cross onto the roof of his own net, though for all of the Red Devils' possession they only managed the one shot on stand-in Blues stopper Asmir Begovic's goal in the opening 45.

Asked whether reports that the goalkeeper had picked up the injury while playing basketball for an advertisement, coach Antonio Conte said: "It's not important to understand the way he had this injury". "I'm pleased for them for this nomination, but I'm pleased for all my players because they are doing a good job", Chelsea's official website quoted Conte as saying.

"I think all my players are performing very well and this is the reason we are on top of the table. Of course, [Chelsea] are much better prepared for the game than us", Mourinho added. They have played 38 games this season compared with United's 52, including the Community Shield.