Jose Mourinho has insisted that Manchester United deserved their win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku inspired United to a comeback win as Mourinho got the better of Antonio Conte.
Sunday’s Premier League encounter pitted these managers against each another for the first time since last month’s ugly public spat, but an engaging duel between the top-four rivals meant eyes did not stray towards the touchline.
Willian’s fine breakaway goal had Conte’s Chelsea on course for a memorable victory, only for Lukaku to level against his former club and then cross for substitute Jesse Lingard to secure United a 2-1 triumph which propelled them back into second place.
“We beat a fantastic team, for some reason they were the champions last season, and for some reason they played well against Barcelona, and for some reason they started the game very well,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“So, we beat a very good team, we had to be organised, everybody had to follow the game plan and have spirit. We beat a very good team.
“They started very well and when they hit the post, I was looking at my players, what can we do, who can I blame, but it was such a lovely move, we couldn’t stop it.
“But we found a way to play against them, and we had a good control of Eden Hazard. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal. But we had more control of the game than them, without creating lots of chances.”