Terry thrown by United’s ‘double headlocks’

Chelsea captain John Terry claims he and Branislav Ivanovic were "double headlocked at every corner" during Sunday’s gripping 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Terry thrown by United’s ‘double headlocks’

Chelsea were denied victory thanks to Robin van Persie’s injury-time header, which cancelled out Didier Drogba’s opener at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho could barely hide his dismay at Phil Dowd’s performance in Manchester and Terry agrees with his manager.

Mourinho was unhappy that referee Dowd did not award his team a penalty in the first half when Ivanovic went down in the box during a tussle with United defender Chris Smalling.

Just in front of Ivanovic, Terry also tumbled to the ground as he battled with Marcos Rojo, but no penalty was awarded.

Van Persie’s equaliser came after Ivanovic had been sent off for two bookable offences after twice fouling Angel di Maria, but Terry suggested on Instagram that it was the Chelsea right-back and himself who were sinned against, rather than sinners.

Terry wrote: “It shows how well we are playing when you come away from Old Trafford disappointed with 1 point.

“Thanks to all the travelling fans for your great support. #JtandIVAgotdoubleheadlockedfromeverycorner.”

Mourinho, meanwhile, thinks Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is to blame for Diego Costa’s recent injury troubles.

Costa began the season in prolific fashion, scoring nine goals in seven matches, but he has missed Chelsea’s last three fixtures because of a persistent hamstring injury.

The former Atletico Madrid man had also been suffering from a cold in the build-up to Sunday’s match against Manchester United, but Mourinho revealed it was injury, rather than illness that ruled the £32million (€40m) signing out of the game at Old Trafford.

The striker has been troubled by the hamstring problem for some time, but Mourinho believes it was exacerbated by Spain coach Del Bosque, who fielded the 26-year-old for back-to-back games against Slovakia and Luxembourg at the start of October.

“The virus is fine,” the Chelsea manager said.

“It was hard, he had to go to the hospital and obviously it doesn’t help him to recover from his injury. But he didn’t play on Sunday because of the injury, not because of the virus.

“Diego has the hamstring (problem) because he played two matches in three days when he was not with us.”

When asked whether he hoped Costa’s injury problems were now over, Mourinho replied: “But he still has (to play for) the national team in November!”

Mourinho confirmed the Brazil-born front man would not travel to Shrewsbury for tonight’s Capital One Cup fourth round match against the League Two side.

Given that he is 36-years-old, Drogba will need to “sleep for 24 hours” after his exertions at Old Trafford and will therefore miss tonight’s game.

With Loic Remy out through injury, Andre Schurrle is expected to lead the line, although young forward Dominic Solanke could also feature.

Mourinho confirmed that Schurrle, Mohamed Salah, Kurt Zouma, John Obi Mikel and 19-year-old midifelder Lewis Baker will play at Shrewsbury.

The Shrews are 71 places below Mourinho’s unbeaten side in the league ladder so it was with little surprise the Chelsea boss called tonight’s match a “friendly”.

The two-time League Cup winner still refuses to take victory over the League Two promotion contenders for granted though. He added: “You can say that Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup is a friendly, but we have to play the match and respect the match.”

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