SKY REMAINS BLUE REVIEW:SEE AS BLUES FUEL COME FINISH FOR OLD TRAFFORD O!
It was a match every body had patiently waited for as both coaches needed wins desperately.But most people will admit that Jose Mourinho needed the win more as he has lost two competitive games to the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.The reverse fixture of this particular encounter was no doubt still very fresh in the minds of Mourinho,the players and even the fans of Manchester United as they had to swallow the very bitter pill of losing 4-0 at Stamford bridge.There was another defeat again in the quaterfinals of the EFL cup where United lost 1-0 so for Mourinho and the players,pride was really at stake regardless of where the victory will leave them at the EPL table.
Sunday’s game time 4pm kick-off,bright and sunny afternoon..not so much for Conte as news filtered in that he lost two key members of the 3-4-3 killer squad in Thibaut Courtois who got injured in training and Marco Alonso just before the game started..so the big test for Conte was to reshuffle the team and respond swiftly but I suppose that was were he got it all wrong..fair enough Asmir Begovic replaced Courtois expectedly,while Kurt Zouma started at right back pushing Azpilicueta upfront to right wing..The shocker for me was Victor Moses put at left back(error) Azpilicueta played left back all through under Mourinho when Chelsea won the league title two seasons ago.
My take is Moses should have remained at his wing back position to put pressure on Ashley Young, who had so much space to operate..The game was evenly poised from the get go but United showed more hunger and purpose and just before the 7th minute David Lius error allowed Marcus Rashford getting a clean pass from Herrera to slot home the opener..
if i can echo Mourinho’s pre-game thoughts,the game plan would surely have been “don’t allow Hazard any room to operate (Herrera did a good work on him), frustrate Diego Costa and get very physical..and it worked..No shots on target for Chelsea for very long periods of the match..Second half was no different from the first with fouls everywhere..Before the one hour mark Herrera put United ahead off shot deflected by Zouma and 2-0 it ended..Conte introduced Fabregas and Willian and later loftus cheek but is was too late..
Antonio Conte (wey never receive my flogging bifor) go chop one lash of koboko for selection gamble..as a kpef coach wey e be you suppose know who to put when emergency tins happen..5/10
Diego Costa..five koboko lashes for am..na ball him come play abi na fight..make we fry egg first before him go score goal for us? rubbish 3/10
Kurt Zouma..na mechanic ball him still dey play..2 koboko for am..3/10
I nor go flogg Begovic but him nor get oil for head at all..Chelsea must loose whenever him dey post..
Four points nor be joke..we dey top..four home games two away games..na we still get the league!..