Conte takes blame after Chelsea fall at Old Trafford

There are six finals until now and the end.

With usual regulars being rested - Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the biggest name - Man United fans would have been even more apprehensive about their side's chances against the Premier League's leaders.

"I think it was nearly ideal", Herrera said.

"I think this is a one-off".

"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".

When Chelsea tried to find Costa, their passes seemed to be too slow and too obvious.

Marcus Rashford's eye-catching display came when he dovetailed with Lingard, who operated virtually alongside him in a quasi-4-4-2.

United seemed to win every knockdown, tackle, or second ball in midfield, all of which helped them keep all the momentum.

With United, Arsenal and Everton also still in contention for a top four finish, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn't getting carried away just yet.

David Luiz, in particular, looked frightened of Rashford's pace and there was one phase of play in the second half which just about summed up both sides' performances.

"There's only six games left, we're still in good position but we need to realise that it's not over yet, that there's still points to play for and we need to dig in until the end of the season" Cahill said. They showed more desire than us and more motivation, but in this case the fault is with the coach.

The Italy global, linked with a summer exit, put the display down to an attitude that he says can not waver with the Europa League quarter-final second against Anderlecht looming large.

But having to choose between him and Rashford, who looked so sharp, is a good problem for Mourinho to have at such a busy time of the season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is up to third after a 1-0 win at West Brom.

Pulis basically played with six at the back - four centre-halves and wingers that drop in as full-backs, which is a nightmare to play against - Liverpool were quite lucky to get their victor.

"I think we played really well, a very solid performance".

After appearing set to cruise to the title for most of the season, Chelsea now face a nerve-jangling final 6 matches as they try to hold off a strong challenge from their London rivals.

The Blues have been used to dominating games and creating numerous chances in the vast majority of matches this season.

  • Julie Sanders