Five things we learnt as Jose Mourinho opened door for Tottenham


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MANCHESTER UNITED blew the title race wide open with a vintage Jose Mourinho display at Old Trafford.

Here’s five things we learnt as goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera helped the Special One get one over his former employers.

Jose Mourinho knows what he’s doing

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Jose Mourinho beat Antonio Conte in the tactical battle

The United boss’ tactics were hammered on social media before kick-off but his players did him proud.

Mourinho used the Europa League as an excuse to leave out Zlatan Ibrahimovic and played a hungry and, crucially, pacey front line to unsettle Chelsea.

Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford stole the show to justify their boss’ faith.

Herrera makes his mark

Ander Herrera fires in the second via Kurt Zouma

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Ander Herrera fires in the second via Kurt Zouma

Eden Hazard may want to check under his bed to see if Ander Herrera is still lurking before going to sleep tonight.

The Spaniard produced a display that brought back memories of Park Ji-sung’s shackling of Andrea Pirlo.

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Hazard struggled to get into the game and a bad day will have go worse when his shadow popped up for the deflected second.

Costa sees red

Marcos Rojo did not give Diego Costa an inch


Marcos Rojo did not give Diego Costa an inch

Diego Costa has been relatively well behaved this season but was frustrated by Marcos Rojo’s battling performance.

What the Argentinian defender lacks in size, he more than makes up for in tenacity, Eric Bailly was solid too in a strong defensive display.

Chelsea aren’t home and dry yet

Antonio Contes side are just four points clear of Tottenham

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Antonio Conte’s side are just four points clear of Tottenham

Tottenham looked the business yesterday and are well in the hunt with the gap at just four points.

Chelsea have the easier run-in but if other teams can keep Hazard quite like United and Costa does not hit form, Harry Kane & Co have a real chance.

Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso could both be huge misses for the Blues is they miss significant spells.

Pogba may have a point

Paul Pogba won his battle win N'Golo Kante


Paul Pogba won his battle win N’Golo Kante

Paul Pogba hit out at his critics for giving N’Golo Kante an easy ride before kick-off and he duly came out on top here.

The former Leicester man’s mistake gave United a two-goal lead while the Frenchman quietly went about his business aside from some the odd bit of classic needless showboating.



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