It was Jesse Lingard that scored the winner in second half, after coming on as a substitute. The Italian's decision to leave out the Spaniard meant the Blues were always going to lack that creativity in midfield, with Danny Drinkwater being more of a player to clean up the mess than one who initiates an attack.
"I think he'd finished his energy because the first half he ran a lot".
"When I see a player is tired then it's my task to change the situation and find the right solution".
"We know there is a battle and it will be difficult to find a place in the Champions League", Conte said.
Mourinho was fulsome in his praise for the Brazilian midfielder, saying he could fire his country to World Cup glory this summer.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - With two frosty handshakes, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte seemingly drew a line under a feud that had become one of the most entertaining subplots of the Premier League season. "You have to keep the same performance for 90 minutes", he told reporters at his post-match presser. "We can be speaking about tactics and positions and football science but to win against the top teams the attitude has to be really special and the players showed that". The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period but failed to build on Willian's 32nd minute opener.
Chelsea took the lead when Willian capped off a brilliant individual run inside his own half with an outstanding strike which slipped through David De Gea just past the half hour mark.
Lukaku quickly levelled the scores after United had constructed the best move of the match, passing the ball between Sanchez and Martial in a tight area before the Belgian swept home from eight yards.
The Blues sinked to fifth on the table after the defeat as Tottenham climbed into fourth with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday. Willian is an amazing player and he killed us with the goal. Click any of these buttons below!
For all Chelsea's possession in the first period, it was from a blistering counter-attack they opened the scoring. Top, cream of the crop, he's amazing.
With another trip to Manchester next week in the form of Pep Guardiola's City side, this result will be a bitter pill to swallow.
Conte had briefly silenced the clamour over his future at Stamford Bridge, but with every defeat that debate reignites and he may well need to beat Barcelona in the Champions League to maintain a realistic chance of remaining in the job for a third season.