Morata's header sinks United

November 06, 2017
Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (left) and Manchester United's Antonio Valencia battle for the ball in their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 1-0.

Alvaro Morata ended a six-game goal drought with a second-half header yesterday, giving Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League on a miserable return to Stamford Bridge for José Mourinho.

United head into the international break still second but now eight points behind leaders Manchester City, which beat Arsenal 3-1.

“We are worried,” Mourinho said. “But there are 18 teams more worried than us because we are second.”

But United were outplayed by the technically superior Chelsea, which instantly recovered from a debilitating loss at Roma in the Champions League with a spirited performance that took the champions a point behind Mourinho’s side in fourth place.

The goal was gifted in the 55th minute by the United defence, but it also owed much to Cesar Azpilicueta’s vision and precision.

Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 metres from goal when he met Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.



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