Jose Mourinho + big games = park the bus.
That is the formula we have been following for Mourinho’s last season and a half at Man United.
But for a split second against Chelsea we saw what the attacking talents at his disposal can really do when given the chance.
The Blues looked like the home side at Old Trafford for most of the first half, dominating the ball and creating more chances, as the United boss sent his side out to shut down any breakaways.
That approach clearly wasn’t hugely successful after Eden Hazard took out six United players with one pass for Willian to score his fourth goal in three games.
With the team 1-0 down at home to a top-six rival something magical happened in the 39th minute.
Man United briefly looked like Barcelona from 2009 as they wove together a number of intricate passes to slice through the Chelsea back line and leave Romelu Lukaku with a simple finish.
It was as if the Mourinho shackles had been lifted and we were given a glimpse into what United would be like if Pep guardiola was in charge.
Lukaku helf the ball up on the edge of the area before laying it off to Nemanja Matic, the Serb instantly forwarded it Alexis Sanchez who threaded a lovely ball into Anthony Martial in the box.
The young Frenchman took it on the turn, held off a player and rolled it into his striker’s path to bury past Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian frontman has been slated this season for failing to score against any of the big sides and he will be hugely relieved to finally put that record to bed.
It was Lukaku’s 13th league goal of the season but only his first against a team currently in the top eight in the table.
The way the United forward’s intertwined to whizz the ball round the penalty area culminating with the Lukaku goal would’ve brought a smile even to Ebenezer Mourinho’s face.