EPL: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 2-0, revive fight for title

"I can not give up on the Premier League yet - we have to try".

The premier league leaders now hold just a four-point advantage over Tottenham, while United could move to within a point of Manchester City if they win their game in hand. A constant menace for Chelsea's defense with his mobility and direct approach, Rashford ensured Ibrahimovic wasn't missed at Old Trafford.

Four minutes after halftime, the normally reliable N'Golo Kante was robbed inside the area by Ashley Young who cleverly laid the ball back to Herrera whose well-struck effort deflected off Kurt Zouma and into the net to make it 2-0.

Conte said: "We didn't play a good game and United deserved to win the game". "They showed more desire than us and more motivation, but in this case the fault is with the coach".

He added: "The league is open and we have a 50% (chance) to win the league".

As for United, it's now an incredible 22 league games unbeaten and there is a sense that it could yet pip Manchester City or Liverpool to a spot in the top four. "These three points were phenomenal".

And the United boss believes the victory proves his team would have beaten Chelsea in last month's FA Cup quarter-final tie, had Herrera not received a controversial red card in that match at Stamford Bridge.

As good a tactical masterclass as it was from Mourinho, there was a touch of fortune about both goals.

Even so, Chelsea defender David Luiz was still exposed too easily by Herrera's precise pass, with Rashford allowed to gallop clear before slotting a cool finish under Asmir Begovic for his ninth goal of the season. Would Thibaut Courtois, ruled out late, have done better?

Certainly Chelsea don't look like ending the season in peak form and Tottenham are indeed playing some exhilarating and highly effective football.

The Blues were struggling to get a hold of the game as United controlled the game. "Sometimes, of course, we draw a lot of games at home".

"Obviously, Chelsea was a very, very tough rival". After their FA Cup game against each other next Saturday, Chelsea will face Southampton (H), Everton (A), Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), Watford (H) and close out against Sunderland (H). Any turn of the old screw for Tottenham and they will completely shatter their chances of winning the league.

"We expected them to start fast and we had to try and control that, and we never did", Cahill said. Last season Chelsea had no pressure as they were 10th place.

  • Julie Sanders