Manchester United's Anthony Martial insists relationship with Jose Mourinho is good

Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London
Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring in the 21st minute against Manchester Untied
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22 October, 2018

The 2-2 draw between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday afternoon could have ended with an old-fashioned brawl. Chelsea's celebrations in front of the United bench sparked a melee in the mouth of the tunnel but afterwards Mourinho was more interested in where referee Mike Dean had found six minutes of injury time.

After the match, Mourinho said Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri apologized on behalf of the club.

When asked about the incident, Mourinho told Sky Sports: "I can tell you that the 97 minutes game was so good that you have to focus on that".

"That is the way we have got to do it, the second half against Newcastle and 60-65 minutes of this game and as long as we play like that I'm sure we will get the result".

"The assistant has already come to me and apologized, I told him to forget it". I have made a lot of mistakes in my career, especially when I was young like him.

United had looked set to claim their first Premier League win at Chelsea since 2012 after Anthony Martial struck twice in the second half following Antonio Rudiger's 21st-minute opener.

The home fans responded by chanting "f*** off Mourinho" - as they had done throughout the game - at a manager who three Premier League titles for the club during two separate spells.

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Sarri was quick to apologise to Mourinho and said he would take action behind closed doors.

Chelsea should have won the game, but they squandered chances and the opportunity to really pile the misery on their under-fire former manager Jose Mourinho. I understood that we were in the wrong side of the situation.

It ended with Mourinho involved in scuffles with one of Sarri's staff but both coaches sought to diffuse the row, with Mourinho saying he had accepted an apology and Sarri saying he had also admonished the staff member. So of course, I have to speak [to him].

When the dust settles, though, there is much United and Mourinho can take from this second half - just not a crucial three points.

And there was enough in this game to anger and delight him - a awful opening goal, when Pogba lost his man, a stirring fightback, a performance which highlighted Martial's brilliant potential and then the gut-wrenching Barkley equaliser, just as the points seemed to be in the bag. But we were there, we were in the game.

"We were the best team on the pitch".

"I don't know where they came from".


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