Man United fans were forced to swallow a bitter pill at the weekend.
After watching Man City beat Arsenal, they succumbed to a 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge to fall eight points behind their rivals in the title race.
The defeat to Chelsea featured several frustrating elements for United fans to process but perhaps none more so than witnessing Jesse Lingard being outpaced by referee Anthony Taylor…
The 39-year-old official is 15 years older than the England international.
And so to see him showing more interest to keep up with a Chelsea counterattack than Lingard showed in getting back to defend indicates a worrying lack of desire on United’s part.
Credit to Anthony ‘Usain Bolt’ Taylor though — a good effort out the blocks.
The visitors lacked invention and ambition in a game they should have been desperate to win following City’s result.
A subdued Romelu Lukaku failed to record a touch of the ball in Chelsea’s box while Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s form dipped further with a largely innocuous display.
Even the recently effective tactic of deploying Marouane Fellaini as a steamroller failed to dig United out of a hole.
Mourinho doesn’t have any time or games to play with when it comes to correcting his side’s problems — what with City playing so well.
Some sprint training wouldn’t go amiss…