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Heroes and Villains: Mourinho’s Devils blow the title race wide open

Manchester United defeated Chelsea by 2-0 in the Premier League encounter to give Tottenham a sniff in the title race. Chelsea looked rusty in a game they were expected to win, given United's shaky form. But Mourinho got his tactics spot on as his side won the game convincingly.

 

Here we look at the Heroes and Villains from the game:

 

Heroes:

1) Marcus Rashford:

The young striker played in his favoured position of Centre Forward, as Mourinho decided to rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Europa League clash against Anderlecht, and he justified his manager's decision as he bullied David Luiz and Gary Cahill and also scored the opening goal. Rashford has found some form in recent weeks and although he's still not the most clinical in front of goal, he harasses defenders with his pace and trickery and that is a great prospect for United as they aim to finish in the top 4.

 

2) Ander Herrera:

The brilliant Spaniard marked Eden Hazard like a hawk and hardly let him have a sniff at goal. Herrera was brilliant in this game as he scored a goal and provided an assist as well. His man-marking was spot on as well and he carried on his wonderful form. Herrera has become indispensable to United and kept the Chelsea superstars Hazard and Kante anonymous for the majority of the game.

 

 

3) Marcos Rojo:

The Argentine has revived his United career by producing solid performances at the back and has become Mourinho's first choice centre back. Rojo bullied Diego Costa for the whole game and did not let the centre forward get a sniff of goal. While Costa almost always wins his physical battles against central defenders, it was not to be in this game as Rojo brilliantly ensured his team kept a clean sheet.

 

Villains:

1) David Luiz:

The Brazilian was labelled as one of the best defenders in Europe by his manager prior to the game but had a day to forget as he produced his worst performance of the season. Luiz has been impeccable this season and has led Chelsea's title push, but looked really rusty in this game as he let Rashford get behind him for the opening goal. Luiz needs to find his form back and ensure that Chelsea do not surrender the title to Tottenham.

 

2) Diego Costa:

The striker is on a goal drought and had another horror game as he could not find his shooting boots and also lost the physical battle to Rojo and Bailly. Costa has scored 17 goals in the league so far but has not scored in 5 consecutive games and seems to have lost his form a bit. Costa is the focal point of Chelsea's attack and he needs to start scoring goals once more. If he does that, Chelsea are going to win the title easily.

 

 

3) N' Golo Kante:

The diminutive French midfielder is one of the contenders for Player of the season but had a rare off day as he failed to impose himself upon the game. Kante was less effective than usual in this game as he lost the midfield battle to Pogba and Herrera. Kante has been imperious this season and it would be harsh to criticise him for one bad display, but Chelsea need him at his best to preserve their 4 point cushion at the top.

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