Following Sunday’s defeat at Old Trafford, Gary Cahill says the key is for Chelsea to react in the same manner as they did following the defeat to Crystal Palace at the beginning of the month.

Goals early in the first and second halves proved the Blues undoing at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera were the Manchester United goalscorers and the result reflected the attacking balance of a game in which Chelsea’s usual potency was on the whole diminished.

The defender admitted Chelsea were well below standard in the game against Manchester United and that frustrated him.

“We expected them to start fast and we had to try and control that, and we never did,” Cahill said.

“We didn’t click. It’s disappointing. We tried to work hard in the second half, tried to push and create, but we were below the standards we’ve set.

“We weren’t at the races and it makes us a bit angry. Let’s hope it’s an off day and it doesn’t cost us too much.”

Cahill did also point out Man United’s first goal should not have stood following a handball by Ander Herrera.

Now Cahill is firmly turning his attention to the busy and crucial final few weeks of the season, starting with Saturday’s meeting with Tottenham at Wembley.

“We have to react in the right way,” he stressed. “We have to dust ourselves off and prepare for a huge semi-final, and then we go again with some important home games coming up.

“There’s only six games left, and we are still in a good position. We need to realise it’s not over, we need to realise there are points to play for, and we have to dig in.

“No-one is going to give us this league, we have to work for it like we have done for the majority of this season.

“We reacted after Palace, we bounced back with two wins so it’s a similar thing. We have to go again. We are still in a great position.”