CHELSEA midfielder Danny Drinkwater believes his side deserved more from today’s defeat at Manchester United.
Chelsea took the lead at Old Trafford thanks to Willian’s opener but Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser made sure the two sides went in at half-time with the score tied at 1-1.
The Blues were the better of the two sides but Lukaku teed up substitute Jesse Lingard with 15 minutes left to complete the comeback.
Alvaro Morata found the back of the net for the visitors but was adjudged to have been offside by the linesman.
And Drinkwater, who graduated from United’s academy, believes his former club did not deserve to take all three points from the match.
Drinkwater told Match of the Day: “We definitely deserved more, first half we were dominant.
“First half was more even, but we didn’t deserve to lose that match, no way.
“Obviously there are bits we can improve on, first of all we can improve on not conceding, and scoring more goals.
“But football can sometimes go against you and today’s one of those days.”
On the Morata disallowed goal, Drinkwater said: “I’ve not watched it back – was it onside? It’s one of them, we’ve just got to look forward to the next game now.”
The defeat sees Chelsea fall two points out of the Premier League’s top four after Tottenham narrowly beat Crystal Palace earlier in the day.
Drinkwater added: “I didn’t see Spurs’ game, I was concentrated on ours.
“But it’s down to us now, we have to get our results in order and hopefully the other results will look after themselves.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted that his side had to be “more clinical” after they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Willian gave the Blues the lead in the first half, but United striker Romelu Lukaku scored one and assisted the other as Jose Mourinho’s side took a big stride to a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea looked to have made it 2-2 when Alvaro Morata had the ball in the net, but the Spaniard’s effort was ruled out for offside moments later.
Conte has criticised his side for their defeat, adding that his players “could have done better” on Sunday afternoon.
“I think the draw was the fair result for this game. But we are talking about a defeat and that’s all,” the Italian told Sky Sports News.
“I must be honest, I didn’t see the situation, but if you’re telling me Alvaro Morata wasn’t offside, I think VAR is very important, especially in England. There are a lot of moments in the game where there are things to super-check.
“We had to be more clinical, instead we kept the game open, and the opponent made us pay. Manchester United are a great team, and we must be disappointed, because I repeat today, we could have done better.”
The result means that Chelsea failed to respond to top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, who also recorded earlier wins.