Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho laments ‘incredible’ mistakes

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his players made “incredible defensive mistakes” as he was beaten 4-0 on a humiliating return to Stamford Bridge.

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United conceded within 30 seconds as Daley Blind, Chris Smalling and David De Gea all failed to stop Pedro.

Gary Cahill took advantage of poor defending at a corner to make it 2-0 before the break, Eden Hazard added the third just after the hour and N’Golo Kante skipped through for the fourth.

Mourinho told Sky Sports: “In the first minute, you analyse the goal and you see what happened. We made incredible defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes, and we paid for that.

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“It started bad. After a few seconds, we were losing 1-0. Then you are close to 1-1, and another defensive mistake and it’s 2-0.

“Then you are close to 2-1 and they score, 3-0, on the counter-attack. You are close to 3-1 and they score, 4-0, on the counter-attack.

Jose Mourinho said United had to ‘keep training and keep fighting.’

“You come with a strategy and you can’t concede a goal in the first minute. That changed the game completely.”

Mourinho said United had “wanted to create chances and score goals,” adding: “In the end, I think [Thibaut] Courtois had more saves than De Gea.

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“Every time they went up, they scored. But I told to the players that we should take the risk in the second half even though we know they are very good on the counter-attack.”

He later told United’s official website: “I have to apologise for that as the leader of this dressing room. But there is only one answer: training and keep fighting.”

He said the reception he had received from Chelsea fans on his return to his old club was “fine” but added: “I was not expecting anything different. The crowd behaved in a normal way.”

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Sunday’s defeat leaves United seventh in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and six points adrift of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mourinho said: “We play Burnley, Swansea, West Ham. We need now to win matches to close that gap.”

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