Jose Mourinho plays down touchline melee after 'awful' Chelsea draw

Jose Mourinho plays down touchline melee after 'awful' Chelsea draw

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri also celebrated with a fist-pump, but it was Ianni who incurred Mourinho's wrath with his actions.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has resumed his rivalry with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the Frenchman said that the Portuguese tactician was the one responsible for Alexis Sanchez' poor form with the Red Devils.

The incident shouldn't cloud over what was a great game and a very pleasing performance from United.

"Juan Mata has a lovely weight to his pass, he can put those little balls into the box and with some movement, in the second half Romelu Lukaku was a different player".

"One point at Stamford Bridge is always a good result because it's so hard for teams to win here but after the game, the way the game was, it's an bad result for us and a phenomenal result for them".

Barkley's goal denied them the win, though, and led to the scenes at the end of the game that will nearly certainly prompt an investigation by the Football Association.

"I did not get respect back from Chelsea [fans] but that is not my responsiblity".

"Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people in football and they would never sell Eden to Man United so there's no point to comment".

Defeat to Newcastle would nearly certainly have cost Mourinho his job, but Alexis' late goal now sets up a fascinating encounter against a Chelsea side that is currently second in the Premier League and level on 20 points with league leaders, Manchester City.

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The visitors looked to be heading for a 2-1 win only for Ross Barkley to snatch an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time.

United were camped in their own penalty area, defending for their lives as they attempted to hold on to a huge win. With 7 goals in 8 matches for an undefeated title-contending side, Hazard is making a strong push for player of the season already.

Indeed, the Blues are unbeaten in their opening eight games of the Premier League season thanks to six victories and two stalemates.

And it will also give them the confidence and belief that they can salvage any situation going forward, no matter how much of a lost cause it appears at the time.

Lukaku had the first significant chance of the game when he headed Luke Shaw's fine cross high and wide.

However, when Shaw cut out a risky low cross from the Belgian on 21 minutes, the visitors were undone by a lack of concentration from Paul Pogba. However, the Newcastle game showed that one thing is clear - when Manchester United do attack, they do it well.

"United deserve plenty of credit for their second-half comeback against the Magpies, but this will be a severe test of their top four credentials".

He offered nothing. When he doesn't score - he hasn't scored for United since mid-September - Lukaku can be a luxury.

It was then, as the clock ticked down, that Mourinho's body language became animated and his emotions bubbled to the surface, concluding in that chaotic confrontation by the tunnel entrance as he felt Chelsea technical staff member Ianni overdid the celebrations of Barkley's late leveller.

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