Alvaro Morata prolific in the air: Seven deadly stats as Chelsea beat Man United 1-0

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Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game as Jose Mourinho failed to impress against top six opposition yet again.

Here’s a look at seven deadly stats from the encounter.

SPANISH CONNECTION

Morata’s header in the second half ended his goal drought and once again, he had Cesar Azpilicueta to thank. Of his six league goals this term, the defender has assisted him for five.

That’s the most frequent combination between two players in the Premier League this season.

MORATA USING HIS HEAD

It was a pretty straightforward run through the middle to exploit the huge space between two of United’s centre-backs but Morata has certainly made a habit of scoring headers this season.

His four headers in the league is two more than any other player has managed this term. In fact, he’s scored more headed goals (10) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues since the start of last season.

MOURINHO’S TOP SIX RECORD

Jose Mourinho’s record against the top six has done its rounds of late but after yet another black mark on it, here is the updated version.

Out of his last 11 games against top six opposition away from home, the Portuguese has lost six and drawn five, winning none and scoring just four goals.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

LUKAKU ISOLATED

While Morata enjoyed a goal-scoring performance, Lukaku barely had a sight at goal. Struggling for service, the Belgian only had 23 touches in the match and had none inside the box.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

THE FELLAINI ROUTE

It’s a little embarrassing that Mourinho, still regarded as one of the finest managers in the modern game, has no other Plan B than to lump it forward to the big man.

Marouane Fellaini is most definitely that man and after being brought on in the 61st minute, managed to win a whopping eight aerial duels, twice as many as any other player in the game.

STAMFORD BLUES

Stamford Bridge has not been a happy hunting ground for United in the Premier League.

They’ve won just once in their last 16 visits, drawing five and losing 11.

Their one victory was back in 2012 when Chelsea were reduced to nine men.

BEASTLY BAILLY

While the defeat won draw too much attention to this, Eric Bailly’s performance against Chelsea was outstanding.

He made five interceptions, five clearances, two tackles and a block. He was even fouled five times and managed one key pass.

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