Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has defended his decision to help Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard up off the floor, moments before Ander Herrera scored the Red Devils' second goal on Sunday.
The 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford appears to have let Tottenham back into the title race and the Blues have received plenty of criticism for an insipid performance that saw them fail to muster a single shot on target.
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With Chelsea's defending unusually erratic, Cahill has come under pressure after he was seen helping Lingard off the floor whilst the ball was still in play.
United scored seconds after Cahill's display of sportsmanship and when reflecting on Sunday's loss, the centre-back has defended his actions by insisting that they had no bearing on Herrera's goal.
"I don’t see how it could have cost me because it was nowhere near the goal," he told Sky Sports. "My instinct on that situation was I was nervous 50/50 whether it was a penalty or not.
"He come across and I grabbed hold of him. It was instinct to pick him up. Sometimes you have that.
"In hindsight it probably looks silly now. But I had the instinct the sooner I get him up on his feet the sooner he tries to stop the referee thinking otherwise. That was the situation there.
"Like I say, in hindsight it probably looks silly now but if that’s all there is to pick up on from all the incidents in the game then it was irrelevant in the goal."