Marcus Rashford and Lingard hailed after Chelsea win

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has declared his side's performance during this afternoon's 2-0 win over Chelsea as one of the best he has seen since arriving at the club.

The Red Devils took the lead after only seven minutes, when Marcus Rashford was slipped in by Ander Herrera and made no mistake slotting the ball past second-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Mourinho has had a challenging first season at the United helm, with nine home draws in the league summing up his difficulties, but Sunday's 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea was a tactical masterclass.

The win also lifted United to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, on whom they have a game in hand, ahead of the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 27, reports Sport24.

However, Conte suggested the reason Chelsea lost was due to his failure to properly motivate his players against United, who they had already beaten in the league and FA Cup this season without conceding.

"I was convinced even before the cup (game) that controlling the two players that play behind Diego (Costa) and controlling the full-backs would create lots of problems and I repeat the same", Mourinho said.

The result boosted United's chances of finishing in the top four and continued their long unbeaten run in the Premier League. "I am very happy", he said after the victory at Old Trafford.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United): On any other day, Marcus Rashford would have got the nod but Herrera not only marked Eden Hazard out of the game, he also had a positive creative influence in the middle of the park and scored the second via a deflection.

"You talk about the players, but the manager has been so active on the touchline all season and you expected him to get them going, raging up and down the touchline". "The league is open and we have a 50 percent (chance) to win the league". "Firstly, with the Liverpool and Manchester City victories, if we didn't win it's goodbye to the Premier League [finishing in the top four]".

"Chelsea are the best counter-attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well". There are six finals until now and the end.

However, the two away games will be more testing - Everton have won eight straight games at home and are brimming with confidence.

And Mourinho clearly relished getting one over them at Old Trafford, delighting United fans by pointing to their badge as he walked into the tunnel. "I'm happy - not because it's Chelsea, it's because we need these three points", Mourinho told the BBC.

  • Carolyn Briggs