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Former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has praised Manchester United’s performance against Chelsea after José Mourinho’s side beat Antonio Conte 2-0 at home yesterday.

“The spare man for Manchester United was at the back, – Murphy told Match of the Day – It meant Costa went 2 v 1 with Bailly, Rojo and Herrera did a man-for-man on Hazard wherever he was on the pitch. It didn’t matter where he went, he followed him – that was his job”.

“Matteo Darmian pushed in, even though he was like a third centre-half, and followed Pedro everywhere. You had Pogba and Fellaini in the middle of the park, matched up with Kante and Matic”.

Chelsea were stopped on the flanks as “Young and Valencia, with their athleticism and pace, were against Chelsea’s wing-backs”.

“Then, of course, it was two players against the three instead of one, which many teams do against Chelsea in Lingard and Rashford: the front two caused them all sorts of problems”.


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