Jose Mourinho is well-known for his mind games. In his first spell as Chelsea manager, he used it to great success as Chelsea won the league back to back. Arsene Wenger can testify that the Portuguese has a mental edge over him since he came to England.
Prior to this game, Mourinho tried to rile Antonio Conte up, but to no avail, and he also played mind games with his team selection. His team sheet proved the trick of the century when Marcus Rashford was named in the starting XI.
Reports before the game suggested that the Portuguese will be forced to play a false nine as he didn’t travel with a recognised striker, with many analysts tipping Marouane Fellaini to start upfront.
Manchester United indeed travelled with a recognised striker and Rashford played all through the game, and was even United’s best player on the pitch. But Chelsea were just too strong for Mourinho’s mind games and tactics.
We are through to the semifinals of the FA Cup, and our quest to do the league and FA Cup double is still on course.