Damp Dev­ils fire squibs

Mou and United sadly down­beat af­ter loss

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

A heavy 4-0 de­feat at Chelsea - the for­mer home of their boss Jose Mour­inho - was hardly a cause for celebration for Manch­ester United’s play­ers.

So it was no sur­prise that Mour­inho’s men looked less than im­pressed on their re­turn to Stock­port late on Sun­day night af­ter what was a day to for­get for ev­ery­one con­nected with the club at Stam­ford Bridge.

The Old Traf­ford gi­ants sim­ply never got go­ing against the Blues, fall­ing be­hind to Pe­dro’s opener just 31 sec­onds into the game and fail­ing to muster any kind of re­sponse to the Spa­niard’s early strike. Gary Cahill made it 2-0 to the Blues be­fore the break, Eden Haz­ard and N’Golo Kante com­plet­ing the rout in the sec­ond half.

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic was among the mis­er­able United play­ers. David de Gea was among the mis­er­able United play­ers

Mour­inho blames de­fen­sive mis­takes for the de­feat against Chelsea.

It all left the United squad - not to men­tion Mour­inho too - with plenty to ponder, the Red Dev­ils look­ing like they had the weight of the world on their shoul­ders fol­low­ing their lat­est Pre­mier League re­ver­sal.

And to add insult to in­jury, United’s play­ers were de­layed by 20 min­utes on their re­turn from Lon­don be­fore some fans shouted at them on their ar­rival in Stock­port.

A clearly down­cast Mour­inho led the way, with su­per­stars David de Gea, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and An­thony Mar­tial all un­able to raise a smile ei­ther.

Now they’re back in Manch­ester, Mour­inho has a real task on his hands to try and re­ju­ve­nate his United side.

Their per­for­mance at Chelsea - where the likes of Ibrahi­movic and Paul Pogba were both anony­mous - saw the men in red strug­gle to get go­ing.

A hor­ri­ble mix-up between Chris Smalling, De Gea and Da­ley Blind al­lowed Pe­dro in to score and from there United never re­cov­ered.

REUTERS

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante scores the fourth goal against Manch­ester United’s Chris Smalling. /

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