Barkley's late equaliser sparks Mourinho melee


Thirty seconds of six minutes' stoppage time remained and for Manchester United fans the day out could not have seemed better.

Mourinho leapt from his seat on United's bench to confront Marco Ianni after Sarri's assistant coach celebrated Ross Barkley's dramatic late equaliser for Chelsea by pumping his fists in front of the away dugout at Stamford Bridge. I don't need to know. The United manager taking the moral high ground over this episode will, in all likelihood, only add to the irritation felt at Stamford Bridge that this was an avoidable incident.

While Jose Mourinho's side are undoubtedly in poorer form now, should they be rated less likely to beat this Chelsea team than last season's record breakers?

"If you say before the match, one point at Stamford Bridge is always a good result because it's so hard for teams to win here".

"Sincerely, I have not seen [what happened], but I have spoken with Jose [Mourinho], then I have spoken with a member of staff because I think we were on the wrong side, so I have dealt with it immediately", he said. We made a mistake.

United were on the verge of securing their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2012 after mounting an impressive comeback in the second half, with Anthony Martial scoring twice after Antonio Rüdiger had given Chelsea an early lead. Maurizio saw and said he would take care of it internally and to accept his apology, which I did. So of course, I have to speak [to him]. Then the young fellow came and apologised and I told him I accepted. "We lost a lot of players in their national teams including Marouane Fellaini". I think what I call the Chelsea triggers, we controlled them, and the reality is we conceded two goals from set-pieces, not in organised play.

"After the game, the way the game was, [it] is an very bad result for us, and a phenomenal result for them [Chelsea]".

"We were in control, tactically".

"If they [United's players] focus on the performance they will be really happy with themselves; if they focus on the result they will be very, very disappointed".