Saturday 10 December 2016

Jose Mourinho rues 'incredible defensive mistakes' and 'really bad' Eric Bailly injury

Published 23/10/2016 | 19:33

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) starts walking toward the tunnel at the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge today
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) starts walking toward the tunnel at the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge today

Jose Mourinho rued "incredible defensive mistakes" but remained optimistic after Chelsea dismantled Manchester United 4-0 on his return to Stamford Bridge.

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Pedro scored within 30 seconds to give Mourinho's former employers the lead before Gary Cahill smashed in a second with Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante sealing a resounding win in the second half.

But the Red Devils boss wants his side to focus on returning to winning ways in their upcoming matches following a tough run of fixtures.

He told Sky Sports: "In the first minute, you analyse the goal and you can see what happened - we made incredible defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes and you pay for that.

"In terms of points, it's zero points - if you lose 1-0 or 4-0 you lose three points. We are six points from the top of the league and now we have to win matches.

"We had a week where we have played two (title) candidates in Liverpool and Chelsea and now the other teams from the top five have to play among themselves, they have to draw and lose the points each.

"We need to win our matches now, which is not easy but we play Burnley, we play Swansea and West Ham and we need to win matches to close the gap."

On his reception at Stamford Bridge, he said: "I was not expecting anything different and the crowd behaved in the normal way so... nothing wrong."

He refused to elaborate on what he said to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after the full-time whistle in what appeared to be a heated exchange between the two.

Mourinho fears Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has suffered serious knee ligament damage.

Bailly has impressed since his summer move from Villarreal and limped off after 52 minutes with what Mourinho believes could be a long-term knee injury.

"He is injured and I am afraid he is badly injured," the United manager said. "In his knee, in the ligament area. He feels that it is really bad."

Bailly has played all but one of United's matches this season, winning the club's player of the month award for August.

The centre-back was named man of the match in three of their four matches that month and now potentially faces a substantial period out injured.

There are also concerns over Marouane Fellaini, who was caught by a nasty-looking David Luiz challenge in the second half.

The Chelsea defender was booked for the challenge and the Belgium midfielder was replaced at half-time.

Mourinho would not be drawn on whether the decision was fair and was coy when asked if Fellaini was injured by the challenge.

"If I'm going to say that he was injured, you are going to say again...," he said. "It was a bit of both (tactical and injury)."

United are back in action on Wednesday when Manchester City arrive in the EFL Cup, with a home match against Burnley following on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney looks a doubt for the upcoming matches after missing the Chelsea match with an unspecified training injury.

"Injured in training in the last session," Mourinho told Sky Sports of his captain's absence.

"He was so keen to play against Fenerbahce that he hid it and then he felt it in the training session and he couldn't come."

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