Man United fell eight points behind league leaders Man City, as Alvaro Morata’s first goal since September gave Chelsea victory.
Early on the ball was in United’s net after Phil Jones had volleyed into his own net, but the referee adjudged that Alvaro Morata had pushed him, which forced him into kicking the ball in.
Marcus Rashford had a good chance but, he headed over with Thibaut Courtois putting pressure on him. Timoue Bakayoko should’ve scored for Chelsea but he put it wide when he was only a few yards out.
Romelu Lukaku had a decent effort from outside the box which Courtois had to push wide. Chelsea had quite a few efforts on goal in the first half, with Eden Hazard testing David de Gea and Andreas Christensen heading over from a corner the closest efforts.
In the second half, in the 55th minute, Morata put Chesea in front. Cesar Azpilicueta crossed the ball from deep and Morata headed powerfully past De Gea. It was poor defending as he was unmarked.
Hazard had a chance to double the lead but fired straight at De Gea. Rashford cams very close to drawing United level, but he fired narrowly wide. United had hardly pressed all game but, were putting a lot of pressure on late on.
Marouane Fellain nearly equalised for United. He controlled the ball with his chest, before firing at goal but Courtois saved it. In the end it was too little too late.
It was another poor away performance by United after the goalless draw at Liverpool and the 2-1 loss at Huddersfield. This result was Mourinho’s third straight loss at Stamford Bridge since he because United manager.
There was only a brief handshake between Mourinho and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte before the game, but there wasn’t even a handshake at the final whistle with Conte celebrating a much-needed victory for him. Conte was fired up throughout, with referee having to lecture him because of his touch line antics.
The victory for Chelsea will hardly have affected the Man City too much, but it was an important victory for Conte. On the other hand, United are now eight points adrift and not playing the greatest football at the moment, missing the injured Paul Pogba severely.
In the battle between Lukaku and Morata, Morata came out on top in this game. Lukaku struggled to get into the game and has not scored in his past seven games. Morata made a big contribution to the game, powering a header past De Gea for the only goal of the game.
United remain second in the table but, they are eight points adrift league leaders Man City. Chelsea are fourth in the table, only one point off United.
Next up for United are Newcastle at home on Saturday, the 18 November after the international break. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.