Conte, Mourinho feud as Kante sinks United
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:17
Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup, after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.
But, while the Portuguese may decry the referee's decision, it is his own midfielder who should be doing the apologising after the Red Devils' cup defence was ended in west London by N'Golo Kante's 51st-minute goal. "It is more important than the FA Cup for us".
The United manager has been up to his usual tricks - moaning about fixture pile up; denigrating Chelsea's style of play and ultimately playing mind games, for which he has found an unworthy opponent in Chelsea's new adored manager, Antonio Conte.
United are still aiming for a top-four Premier League spot, while winning the Europa League would also secure a spot in next year's Champions League.
"We are in the quarter-final of the FA Cup but we have to fight for everything".
"The most hard thing to have is time to work, and they have time to work", Mourinho added tongue-in-cheek that the Blues defend with five players while he used four in his time at the team.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended and injuries to Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, Rashford's illness meant Jose Mourinho might have been deprived of a recognised striker at his former stomping ground of Stamford Bridge. Mourinho sent his side out to defend and frustrate the opposition, and while the Blues did dominate the game, United appeared to do exactly that.
Fourth official Mike Jones breaks up Mourinho and Conte. Paul Pogba helped create the first of United's attacks after slipping in Rashford, who delivered the ball to Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho added: "Chelsea?".
Ashley Young earned himself a yellow card after cynically bringing down Victor Moses near Conte, which left the Chelsea manager fuming.
From that chance, Chelsea launched a swift counter-attack which almost resulted in Diego Costa scoring another Chelsea goal but the Spain global could only head wide before Willian combined with Kante and fired over in the 61st minute. When Chelsea did make forays forward, Eden Hazard often managed to get free or drew fouls from Phil Jones, and it was after one such collision that the game was turned on its head.