Manchester United were minutes away from beating Chelsea on Sunday night, when Memphis Depay was careless in possession and Chelsea went on the counter-attack. Daley Blind slipped and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson played Diego Costa onside in the lead up to their equalising goal.

What was more frustrating than Memphis’ inability to play an easy ball to Morgan Schneiderlin, who had a free run at goal, was his failure to try and make amends for his mistake. He casually jogged back, instead of busting a gut to win the ball back, and United paid the price.

However, captain Wayne Rooney has leapt to the defence of Memphis.

Memphis is a fantastic player and that happens, we all give bad passes away. A lot of things happened from when you give the ball away to when they’ve scored the goal, so I don’t think we can stand here and blame Memphis. I think we’re all disappointed and I think there were other things which happened and why they’ve scored. The game was broken up a bit, we gave too many free-kicks away and then we couldn’t get up the pitch. It’s a disappointing result in the end. I thought we played some nice stuff and it feels like a defeat in the end. We’ve performed well and played some good stuff again but, overall, it’s at this stage of the season that results matter and we dropped two points.




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