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Match Reports: Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of the game against Manchester United with an injury Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of the game against Manchester United with an injury
Melissa Porter | 17 April, 2017, 00:52

David Luiz insists Chelsea's showdown with Manchester United on Sunday is about more than his potential battle with former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These two iconic clubs clash on April 16 so don't miss it when the game kicks off at 11:00 AM ET.

Chelsea mustered just one shot in the first half against the Red Devils, their lowest total in a Premier League first half this season.

United are still fighting to win the Europa League and have a crucial return fixture at Old Trafford on Thursday.

United remain somewhat at a crossroads heading into the final stretch of the campaign, potentially ending the season with two trophies and Champions League football, or with just the EFL Cup to show for their first campaign under Mourinho. Firmino also earned Liverpool three points at Stoke last weekend with a dipping shot from long range.

"We need and we don't need [the Champions League, ]" Jose said in a news conference, according to ESPN FC.

"We knew that playing this way would be very hard for them".

However, that sounds a little like sour grapes.

Mourinho set United up to stop Chelsea, with Herrera and Matteo Darmian tasked with the responsibility of tracking dangermen Eden Hazard and Pedro wherever they went.

Chelsea were forced into making a late change to their starting lineup, as illness victim Marcos Alonso was replaced in the backline by Kurt Zouma, meaning a switch of positions for the versatile Cesar Azpilicueta.

"We have to think that there are six finals from now until the end of the season". We want to win. "They are named Chelsea, but they could be named Arsenal, or Tottenham, or another one". Chelsea have been in fine form since then and recently beat Bournemouth and Manchester City last week to take a four point lead over Tottenham to sit at the top of the league with 75 points. We gave them problems when they had the ball because we controlled very well and we gave them problems when we recovered the ball because we were really sharp and fast and aggressive in our transitions. When I was winning titles with Chelsea you were criticising the style of play.

Mourinho told Sky Sports that Ibrahimovic is on the bench because he is "very tired", adding: "I'll try to protect him but let's see the result".

"But it's a great feeling to know that it's hard for us to lose a match, people fight until the end".