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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has admitted he didn’t suffer extra pressure despite replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their 2-1 victory over Chelsea today.

“It’s not so much stepping up to the plate in Ibrahimovic’s absence, everyone is together and we grafted to put the work in to get the result – the Man of the Match told SkySports after the game – It was a clever pass from Herrera, we made eye contact and he put the ball exactly where I want it. It’s something we need in this team.”

“Today took a lot of discipline to carry out the game plan and actions,” Rashford ended.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is confident that Blues will bounce back from their disappointing period after losing against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, with Tottenham only 4 points behind Antonio Conte’s men at this stage.

“It’s tough because losing games brings an element of doubt, – Lampard said – You can see that even in their faces walking off the pitch, the manager’s thinking and they’re all a bit upset, it’ll be a big week for them now”

“It needs characters in the team and I think they are there but it needs the big characters in the team to settle the ship, work hard in the week, get ready for their next games and put in the performances that they have put in all season.”

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, speaking to Sky Sports after Manchester United clash, has admitted that Antonio Conte‘s side need to ‘wipe out’ the defeat as title race is not over yet.

“They weren’t there today at all, the Chelsea that we know – he said – Credit to Manchester United, they came out the blocks and I think they were first to every ball”.

“Everything seemed to drop for Manchester United players. That wasn’t luck – that was because they were sharper than Chelsea players. The only thing I can say for Chelsea is to just wipe it out of their memory, it’s one of those games”.

“They’ve been fantastic, they’ve been winning games regularly. They played Arsenal earlier on in the season and they kicked on from that with a similar kind of performance”.

“I think today there’s no way they can dwell on that now because they’ve got an important run-in and now it’s game on, because it’s four points.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill helped compatriot and rival Jesse Lingard in the penalty area just before Manchester United goal today and was blasted on social media.

 

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“I don’t see how it could have cost me because it was nowhere near the goal, – Cahill told Sky Sports speaking after the game – My instinct on that situation was I was nervous 50/50 whether it was a penalty or not”.

“He come across and I grabbed hold of him. It was instinct to pick him up. Sometimes you have that”.

Then Cahill added: “In hindsight it probably looks silly now. But I had the instinct the sooner I get him up on his feet the sooner he tries to stop the referee thinking otherwise. That was the situation there”.

“Like I say, in hindsight it probably looks silly now but if that’s all there is to pick up on from all the incidents in the game then it was irrelevant in the goal”.

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After blaming himself for not giving the right motivation in today’s game at Old Trafford against Manchester United, with the Blues losing 2-0, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte blamed also referee Robert Madley, that didn’t see Ander Herrera handball in the building up of the first goal, claiming it’s not the first time his side have suffered from wrong decisions in recent weeks.

Last game against Bournemouth we conceded a goal in a same situation, against Palace a clear handball, against Stoke a penalty with great doubt,” the Blues boss said in his post match press conference.

“This is not important. It is important to find the right solution.

“But the decision of the referee wasn’t good for us. We were unlucky.

“Conte also took full responsibility for the result which leaves Chelsea’s lead at the top at four points.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte blames himself for today’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United, with the Blues reducing their gap from Tottenham to just four points with six games to play:

“They [Manchester United] deserved to win, because they showed more desire than us, more motivation,” the Italian manager said after the game.

“In this case, the fault is the coach. It is mine. In this case I wasn’t able to do the right motivation.’

“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.

“This for us is a fantastic target.

“I have concern because we have to work together and find quickly the right ambition to win this title, if someone thinks it’s normal for Chelsea to win the title, we started as underdogs after 10th place last season.

Tottenham is in good form and playing with enthusiasm, we must find the same.”

 

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho reveals there is no special joy for him in beating the Blues in a crucial part of their title race:

“Chelsea are the best counter attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well,” the Manchester United manager told after today’s 2-0 win.

“I’m really happy with the boys. I’m happy  not because it’s Chelsea, it’s because we need these three points.

“I don’t feel extra joy at beating Chelsea, we beat the leader. It doesn’t matter if the leader is Chelsea or another we beat them convincingly. 

“Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game.”

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If what HLN journalist Kristof Terreur revealed it’s true it would really crazy how Thibaut Courtois picked up his ankle injury that ruled him out of today’s clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Belgian goalkeeper is a doubt also for next Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Spurs and, apparently, hurt himself while participating in the club-sanctioned marketing campaign last week.

Presumably the material created in the shoot was due to be used either by the club’s in-house media team, by a sponsor or by the NBA.

But the decision to organise it in the build-up to the United game will be called into question in the wake of a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford.

 

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Today’s man of the match Ander Herrera claims his handball before Manchester United first goal was not intentional and also admits his luck when scoring the second goal, that practically sealed the game in the beginning of the second half:

“If you don’t have the intention to touch the ball and your hands are in a natural position it is not a handball,” the Spanish midfielder told Sky Sports.

“It was almost perfect, defensively it was perfect and they didn’t create any chances. 

“In the counter attack we hurt them and controlled the game and moved the ball well.

“I have been looking for a goal for a long time. Today I was a bit lucky, but I think we deserved this.”

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Speaking to Sky Sports as a pundit Manchester United legend Gary Neville claimed that Chelsea players underperformed in today’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford and that just one of them played to this season standards:

“Apart from N’Golo Kante, I can’t think of a single Chelsea player who reached the standards they’ve set themselves this season,” the ex defender said after the final whistle.”

 

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