The Blues came into today’s game knowing that the pressure was on to get a result. Tottenham Hotspur’s late win over Crystal Palace put Spurs ahead of Chelsea in the table, dropping Conte’s men out of the top four.
But they knew that a win would bring them level on points with their opponents and that a heavy win would put them ahead on goal difference.
Things got off to a good start for the visitors as Alvaro Morata nearly put them in the lead within the first minute before Willian finally broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark.
Romelu Lukaku equalised for the home side and the two teams went into the break level. The Belgian showed his importance again as he set up the winner for Jesse Lingard.
Alvaro Morata had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside but the Blues could not find any other way past the United defence as they slipped to their fourth defeat in the last month.
There will be much for Conte to discuss after such an important game so follow along below as Oliver Harbord provides live updates.
No I think he had finished his energy. In the first half he ran a lot, second in the same way but when I see that a player is tired you have to change the situation
He played for 90 minutes. Like the other players they tried to put everything and give all ourself. For sure he can improve. Then I can take a different decision and go game by game. I took this decision to find the balance.
Morata disallowed goal
For sure this type of situation can change the result. For sure that is why I am positive about VAR
No I repeat. You wanted to see the handshake. Now I stop
It was a tactical decision. You have to keep the same standard for 90 minutes. We didn’t have a great balance.
Why is it going wrong?
Now it is not important to look at the past, we have to solve the problems and the present and see if we are working well
Missing out on Champions League
This could be a possibility for sure. I am repeating the same concept many times. In this league to find the place in the CL is not simple, not easy. In this country the only championship that you can find 6 teams that fight for the title and CL.
This is the only country that has the competition very hard for every time. There is this risk to stay out of the CL. We have to be ready to fight and understand this, to be concentrated and realise it is an important target for us.
For sure we must be disappointed for the final result. Today we had a great chance to get three points against a competitor in the CL. But we are talking about another defeat and we have to be disappointed.
You have to manage the game better and with experience and maturity to get three points. We are talking about a loss and we must be very disappointed for this.