Gary Neville: Chelsea played like champions to beat Man United
Manchester United legend Gary Neville praises Chelsea's ability to 'destroy games' after their 1-0 win on Saturday
Gary Neville says Chelsea produced a performance worthy of champions after a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard, who was named as a nominee for the PFA player and young player of the year awards on Thursday, scored a first-half winner after Oscar teed up the Belgium international with a brilliant back heel.
You always felt the jab of Chelsea was keeping United at arm’s length
Chelsea had to soak up sustained United pressure as Louis van Gaal’s side enjoyed 70 per cent pressure and registered 15 attempts on Thibaut Courtois’ goal in west London on Saturday evening.
Former Red Devils defender Neville, who won eight Premier League titles during his decorated career, was impressed by Chelsea’s ability to thwart United with a defensive strategy.
“It was a resolute performance from Chelsea,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“It was a team that knew what they needed to do during the game. They recognised that they probably couldn’t take Manchester United on punch for punch at football in passing terms, but they had the power, the strength, the determination and the physicality.
“They played like champions. There are times over the years where I’ve been part of championship-winning teams and it had to be ugly.
“Mourinho has no problem going out there and destroying games. You saw that with his substitutions in the end – he’s shameless in that sense, and why shouldn’t he be?
“You always felt the jab of Chelsea was keeping United at arm’s length, and that’s what the game was – United just couldn’t get past the jab.”
Chelsea are 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal ahead of their trip to Emirates Stadium in the Premier League next Sunday.
The Blues won the League Cup in March after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.