Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho deemed his team’s performance as “fantastic” and despite being in a winning position with seconds to go, went on to say that the draw was acceptable considering the opponents and the venue.
“My team played a fantastic game, it’s not easy to play here against Manchester United, a Manchester United that tried to play very compact and hit us on the counter attack,” said Mourinho.
“We were fantastic, especially in the second half. It was a top-class performance, good control, we could score a couple more goals.
“The result is not the one we wanted, we came to win but the performance is fantastic. The result, not so, but acceptable.”
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba started due to injuries to Remy and Costa, and the stalwart came up with yet another big game performance, as he headed home a corner in the second half to put his team ahead.
Despite very little training, the Ivorian looked a threat and Mourinho was very pleased with his striker’s performance.
“He has scored so much. He scored a beautiful goal, he could have scored in the first half.
“I am so happy with his performance, my team is good and it’s very difficult to speak about [individual] players.”
Referee Phil Dowd came under scrutiny for his decisions during the match, and Mourinho refused to speak about him, citing multiple instances where he felt his team did not get the right decision.
Branislav Ivanovic saw red in the dying ambers of the game, and Mourinho made his displeasure at the decision quote evident.
“The red card, I was seeing it coming. If I have to speak about the second yellow I have to speak about lots of things.
“The penalty that Ivanovic should have been given [after wrestling with Smalling], the accumulation of yellow cards, the throw-ins. I know I speak always with my heart and get in trouble.”
The late red card saw Chelsea lose one of their markers at set-pieces, and Fellaini took full advantage of Ivanovic’s absence to head the corner on goal. Courtois’ save fell kindly for Robin van Persie who smashed home to salvage a point for the hosts.
Mourinho’s disgust at the goal was evident, and the Portugese will be ruing the missed opportunity to get all three points from a match that Chelsea seemed to have control over, especially in the second half.
Ivanovic’s second yellow