Manchester United vs Chelsea: How Jose Mourinho got his mojo back
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:28
Thibaut Courtois was ruled out after injuring his ankle while taking part in a basketball advertising campaign.
'I went to Old Trafford to see the game.
The title remains in Chelsea's hands, with Conte's team needing to drop more points for Spurs to have realistic hope of a late surge to top spot.
Mauricio Pochettino's side managed to dispatch Bournemouth 4-0 in their weekend match and have increased their bid to win the league title.
But Conte, whose side have now lost two of their past four matches after going down 2-1 at home to Palace this month, says there is little to split the teams.
Chelsea still lead the standings with 75 points but are now threatened by the Tottenham Hotspurs, with 71 points and in second place.
Chelsea's position is now under the greatest threat since they ascended to the top of the Premier League in December, but Conte - who won three consecutive titles in charge of Juventus - said that he is relishing the challenge.
"They've been fantastic [this season], they've been winning games regularly".
Dropping Ibrahimovic - United's top scorer this season with 28 goals - was another sign of that, but Mourinho insisted he wasn't prioritizing.
"To play this type of game from now and until the end, we must have great enthusiasm, great motivation to try to reach the target".
Marcus Rashford possesses the ability to become "one of the most important players in the world", according to Manchester United teammate Matteo Darmian.
Rashford opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he ran onto Herrera's pass behind David Luiz and sent a shot bobbling past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. And the midfielder made Chelsea pay even further when he drove in a shot that deflected off Kurt Zouma and span high into the net in the 49th. Last season Chelsea had no pressure as they were 10th place.
It also extended the Red Devils' unbeaten streak to 22 games, which was the longest unbeaten run in a single season by a team since United did it in 2010-11.
Liverpool dominated but needed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to spread himself and block Matt Phillips's attempted chip in a late chance for West Brom.