Who said that the 4-4-2 formation was dead and buried for the Red Devils?! Mourinho was determined to get one back on Conte today following 2 defeats in the past encounters this season, and even allowed himself the little madness of leaving Zlatan on the bench and put both Rashford and Lingard as the 2 strikers to upset Chelsea’s backline with their pace and Rashford took full opportunity to prove his manager right.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea on Easter day, it promised to be a high octane match at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were the ones to grab the game by the neck, and were in front after 7 minutes although controversially. The ball struck Herrera’s arm as the Blues looked to go forward but despite their protest the referee decided to allow play to go on and Herrera passed on to Rashford who was unstoppable as he went past Luiz and finished calmly into the far corner. Chelsea were really having a bad time with the 4-4-2 set out by Mourinho as the Red Devils mastered the game, but wasting some good chances to go further ahead before half time.
Four minutes in the second half and this time United doubled the lead via Herrera. After some defensive chaos the ball fell kindly to the midfielder and he let fly with the help of a deflection off Zuma which saw the ball loop over the desperate Begovic. Minutes later Lingard was presented with another chance but he fired over as Rashford was tormenting the Chelsea defense. With the 2 goal lead, Mourinho sent on Carrick for Lingard as Chelsea saw more of the ball but yet to test De Gea at the other end. Rashford at the other end shot into the side netting before taking on Chelsea’s defense yet again with his pace and showing his strength as well to beat Luiz twice only for Begovic to save his attempt. Zlatan was given a cameo appearance as Mourinho looked to give Rasford a breather, while Chelsea were clearly outplayed as they failed to find their rhythm or to hit a single shot on target. The only disappointment of the game from a red’s point of view was that more goals should have been scored to make it a perfect revenge.