Mourinho apologises to United after humiliating loss to Chelsea

MouJose Mourinho admits that his side have paid the price for “incredible defensive mistakes” as he suffered his heaviest Premier League defeat as a manager.

Only against Barcelona in November 2010 did he lose by a greater margin in all competitions, and it is a result that is hard for the Manchester United boss to swallow.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: “It started badly after a few seconds. We are close to the 1-1 and after another defensive mistake and it is 2-1. 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.

A howler from the United defence after just 34 seconds, that let Pedro score, set the tone for the Portuguese’s embarrassing afternoon.

Goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante killed United off and left them six points off the top of the table and only seven off the drop zone.

“It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing. We made incredible defensive mistakes, individual mistakes and you pay for that.”

The last time United lost by four or more goals away from home in the Premier League was v Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 1999.

“In terms of points, we got zero points, we lose three points. We are six points from the top, three from the top four, we now need to win matches.

Mourinho criticised his own side’s ‘incredible defensive mistakes.’

“We need to win our matches now, which are not easy, we need to win to close that gap, after these last three matches, we made two out of nine, we now need points.”

The 53-year-old stood in front of MUTV cameras to issue a ‘heartfelt’ apology to the fans after his side’s miserable display.

“They kept going for 90 minutes in an unbelievable way, the fans that we have all around the world they are obviously with a very bad feeling and I feel so sorry for them,” Mourinho said.

“I have to apologise for that and the only thing I can say is that I’m Man United 100 per cent, not 99 per cent and 1 per cent for Chelsea or any other club and because of that I feel deeply the situation.

“But there is only one answer, like I was telling the players, there is only one answer – training tomorrow and we fight on.”

As the full time whistle was blown on Mourinho’s humiliating return to West London, he appeared to pull to Conte to one side with a war of words before disappearing down the tunnel.

He was inevitably asked about the incident in his post match interview but refused to reveal what was said between the pair.

“It was fine, I was not expecting anything different here. The crowd behaved in a normal way. My words were with Antonio Conte were for him, not for you,” dodged Mourinho, as he was quizzed by Sky Sports.

However, SunSport can reveal Mourinho told Conte not to ‘humiliate’ him, referring to the Chelsea boss urging the home fans to increase the volume late in the second half.


- The Sun

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