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5 mistakes Manchester United made against Chelsea

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Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League
Fellaini almost got one back for United but was otherwise way off his game

The Red side of Manchester was beaten by Chelsea 1-0 as the 20-time Premier League champions continue their dreadful run at Stamford Bridge having only recorded 1 win in their last 15 games at the Bridge.

Alvaro Morata bagged a goal to put the London club ahead after the Manchester United defence finally collapsed after holding the blues at bay for 55 minutes. Let's take a look at what went wrong for the Red Devils:

#5. The positioning of the wingbacks

Chelsea v Manchester United - Premier League
Antonio Valencia couldn't contribute much going forward

Jose Mourinho is known for his tactical awareness and expertise but on Sunday against Chelsea, there was a huge flaw in the way he set his team up.

While it has been common for Man Utd to push their fullbacks further up the pitch to provide support on the attack, they had to make amends to their system to defend against the aerial threat of Alvaro Morata, who is constantly looking to get on the end of the many crosses that come his way.

Antonio Conte's side took full advantage of the space left behind by the two former wingers who are now playing as fullbacks for Manchester United.

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Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young's heat map (image courtesy:

Valencia and Young were constantly caught out further up at the pitch as United lost possession and Chelsea's master midfield sprayed balls out to Alonso and Zappacosta who often found space on the flanks and were able to get their crosses in.

Chelsea's main men vs Man Utd (image courtesy:

Eventually, Chelsea were able to take advantage of all this control in the wide areas, and one of their 19 crosses was headed home by Alvaro Morata

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Crossing was the main source of Chelsea's threat (image courtesy:
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