Jose Mourinho has explained the reasons behind Manchester United’s 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, pointing to the damaging effect of the home side’s early goal.
The visitors were behind after just 30 seconds following a total lack of communication between Chris Smalling, David de Gea and Daley Blind awarded Pedro with a chance to swipe home into an empty net.
Mourinho’s men, whilst creating chances of their own, continued to capitulate at the back, handing Chelsea – flourishing under their new 3-4-3 system – a catalogue of chances.
Speaking after the game, the 53-year-old admitted his side failed to recover from that early set-back.
“It started badly after a few seconds. We are close to the 1-1 and after another defensive mistake and it is 2-1,” he said.
“You come with a strategy, you can not concede a goal in the way we did.
“We were coming to have an offensive approach, we wanted to create chances, we showed that after the 1-0. The second and the third were counter-attack goals. If we score a goal like we almost did for the 2-1 the game would be different.
“It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing.”
A 4-0 scoreline tells a story of complete domination from Chelsea – superior in energy, strength, precision and desire. But you could argue, however, that the only real difference between the two sides was efficiency in front of goal.
Antonio Conte’s side had six shots on target, with United managing five. The visitors, funnily enough, mustered two more attempts on goal than Chelsea. Today’s defeat, therefore, ultimately boils down to a complete lack of composure in front of goal against a ruthless Chelsea attack.