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Mourinho: My tactics totally controlled Chelsea

Mourinho: My tactics totally controlled Chelsea

Jose Mourinho described Marcus Rashford's performance as "fantastic" after Manchester United impressively saw off Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Having tried similar tactics at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup quarter-final before Herrera was dismissed, Mourinho was relieved to see his plan work.

The winger captained United for the first time and the 31-year-old was just as proud of his side's showing against Chelsea as he was to receive such an honour, claiming the Red Devils have been building to such a impressive performance for a while.

United didn't even need rested top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to consign the leaders to their fifth league loss of the season, which left them only four points ahead of Tottenham with six games left.

Gary Cahill has urged Chelsea to dig in and return to winning ways as soon as possible following their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

"Today he scored and it was at the beginning of the match which gave the team confidence and stability".

"Diego is very unsafe but the two link positions are the two positions we have to control".

"Why? Everybody knows why because we lost too many points at home".

He added: "The league is open and we have a 50% (chance) to win the league". I think Spurs will smash us next week, especially when we could be without Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, right, celebrates with teammate Philippe Coutinho after scoring his side's first goal during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

The team's two-pronged objective is to secure a top-four finish and win the Europa League as the season comes to a frantic conclusion.

In turn, Mourinho will hope that the goal sparks a bit of form for the youngster between now and the end of the campaign as he has been critical of his strikers in recent weeks for their lack of a clinical edge in the final third which has proven costly.

"To play this type of game from now and until the end, we must have great enthusiasm, great motivation to try to reach the target".

Mourinho, who denied he took extra satisfaction in beating his former club, said: "Normally you win the title if you are 22 matches unbeaten and we are struggling to finish top four".


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