Ander Herrera Getting Man of Match Was "A Negative" Blasts Chelsea Legend

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he takes responsibility for failing to motivate his side in their defeat to Manchester United in the English Premier League this morning.

Neville said: "United had six or seven players missing, Liverpool had Lallana, Henderson, Mane out so every team misses players".

The result boosted United's chances of finishing in the top four and continued their long unbeaten run in the Premier League.

April 17 (ANI): Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that his side deserved to lose their Premier League clash against Manchester United as the latter "showed more desire, more ambition and more motivation".

After appearing set to cruise to the title for most of the season, Chelsea now face a nerve-jangling final six matches as they try to hold off a strong challenge from their London rivals.

"I prefer to fight for the title instead of don't fight for the title and stay calm". We are lucky to have the pressure. If we win, we must be proud.

The 42-year-old went on to say Chelsea may have to dip into the transfer market in the summer to find a replacement for the Spanish 26-year-old.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea were rocked by Marcus Rashford's early goal and a deflected Ander Herrera strike soon after half-time at Old Trafford delivered a major blow to their title ambitions.

Victory lifted United to fifth place, four points below Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League place, with a game in hand.

United manager Jose Mourinho, who saw his side thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea in October and was branded "Judas" by fans of his old club during last month's FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge, played a gamble by resting 28-goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was available for selection. "The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league". "I'm happy - not because it's Chelsea - it's because we need these three points". The second reason is because it is leader.

After his players once again frustrated their manager with their failure to win a game they had dominated, against Anderlecht in the Europa League last Thursday, there had been few clues to suggest that Chelsea would be blown away in such convincing fashion. "When you beat the leader it is obviously a very good feeling".

Mourinho contended United had played better in a 1-1 home draw with Arsenal and 1-0 win over Tottenham. We have a 50 per cent probability of winning the league.

"In football, I think if you don't have the intention to touch the ball and you have your arms in a natural position, it is not handball".

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