'We had enough chances to score a goal and get a point': Jose Mourinho

United are still to register a win against the top four away from home since Mourinho took over

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho insists there is no need to panic after loss against Chelsea Reuters

Jose Mourinho picked out some of the positives from Manchester United's Premier League defeat against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds suffered only a second loss of the season so far in all competitions as Alvaro Morata's header separated the sides at Stamford Bridge in the final Premier League game before the ensuing international break, and Jose Mourinho spoke about the positives from the game, as per the Manchester United official website.

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The Portuguese manager claimed the game was even till Chelsea scored during the start of the second half.

Chelsea pushed men forward and Cesar Aspilicueta's cross from the deep found an unmarked Alvaro Morata who met the ball with his head to steer Antonio Conte's side into the lead beyond a helpless David de Gea.

"I think they scored in the only period they were on top in the game but apart from, that the game was even."

"The first team to score in these games normally wins. We conceded a goal in a situation where we should be in control," Mourinho said.

United have faced strong criticism for opting to field a defensive approach while facing top opposition ever since Mourinho has been at the helm. In his tenure as the manager at Old Trafford, United have lost five and drawn five in ten matches away against the top four in the premier league.

When asked about United creating enough chances in the game, he said: "We had chances and they had chances and with the first goal they found themselves winning and were able to bring more people to defend but, even so, knowing they can defend with a lot of people. We had a go, we tried to change the direction of our game. We created chances to equalise but we couldn't."

"I think we had chances. If I remember, Matic's header in the face of Courtois, Lukaku's shot in the first half and in the last part of the game, Rashford's shot and Courtois without any chance. The cross to the far post to Fellaini with the chest and the volley and the consequence of that. We had lots of chances to score a goal."

Mourinho said that his side's reaction to the goal was tremendous.

"The reaction was tremendous. The players had the attitude, the courage, they gave absolutely everything. We clearly deserved a late goal with so much pressure that we put on them."

The United manager said there is no need to panic, as his team are second - not fifth, sixth or seventh in the league.

"We have 18 teams in a more difficult position than we have. Eight points is eight points. We went through a very difficult phase with probably the most important matches against Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea without important players."