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Cahill urges Chelsea to dig in after United defeat

Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 07:06

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera helped United to an impressive victory at Old Trafford as the club climbed to fifth in the table and four points behind rivals Manchester City, who have played a game more.

League leaders Chelsea suffered an unexpected setback losing 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last evening. And he insisted the only satisfaction he took from reducing Chelsea's lead over Tottenham to an assailable four points came from boosting his own side's top four hopes.

United "showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation", said the Italian.

"It is very simple but in this case the fault is of the coach".

Martial was not included in the squad to face Chelsea at the weekend, as Mourinho's charges turned in arguably their finest performance under his management to win 2-0.

"I am very thankful to him [Mourinho]".

Jose Mourinho's side won the League Cup thanks to Ibrahimovic's heroics, but they have been unable to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea.

"I think that they deserved to win", he added to Sky Sports. "Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game". He plays every game, on the right on the left in one striker in two strikers.

Over 32 games they've proved themselves the best team in the league, they're still top, and have more than enough to get the points they need to become champions.

"They are phenomenal in (the) counter-attack".

The Englishman was handed a starting role against Antonio Conte's men as the club's goal-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left on the bench as Jose Mourinho claimed he was too exhausted.

Yes, four of Chelsea's final six are against top ten teams but they all sit in the lower half of the top ten.

"I was convinced even before the Cup game that controlling the two players [Hazard and Pedro] who play behind Diego Costa. would create lots of problems [for Chelsea] and I repeat the same".

"If one day we are in the Europa League and the distance in the Premier League is too big, then we have to prioritise and nobody can criticise us if we do things in a different way for the final few matches. The pressure is normal and we are lucky to have the pressure", said Conte.