Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho felt his side were unfortunate not to leave Stamford Bridge with a draw, but offered no excuses for the 1-0 loss to Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata netted what appeared a deserved winner on Sunday as Antonio Conte claimed victory over Mourinho’s men and after the match, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “It was a big game. Powerful team against powerful team.
“Tactically, emotionally, physically – there was nothing in it.
“Of course we missed some important players who weren’t available…
“The team that scored first would probably win, because both were good defensively. Being in front would always be an advantage.
“They scored before us and were therefore more comfortable.
“We lost emotionally for a few minutes after the goal. We struggled being confident and playing again, but we had a good reaction and control.
“We showed initiative, courage and had the chance to equaliser. which would have been a fair result.”
Mourinho continued: “I think they scored the goal in the only period when they were on top. Apart from the game was even; both teams had control, had their chances to score.
“They scored the first goal and found themselves winning and able to defend with more players.
“We still created chances after that…”
Mourinho was also asked about the quality of chances United created and he insisted they were unfortunate not to score: “I don’t know the quality or number if chances we created, but we did have chances: Lukaku’s shot, Rashford header, Fellaini chest and volley, but Courtois saved. We had lots of chances.”