We deserved to lose against Man Utd, admits Conte

With six games remaining, the result will give Tottenham belief it can lift the trophy at the end of May.

"Chelsea didn't turn up and where was Conte?" he said to Sky Sports.

As much as I hate to use this phrase, Herrera - who was probably told to do nothing but keep Hazard away from the United third - simply pocketed Hazard and made Chelsea's leading force inoperative.

Alonso was initially included in the starting lineup to face the Red Devils.

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

Firmino settled a scrappy game with a close-range header in first half stoppage-time to condemn Albion boss Tony Pulis to his first ever home league defeat against the Reds.

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. In this case, the fault is the coach. "It means the coach was not able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game", he said.

'We have to dust ourselves off and prepare for a huge semi-final, and then we go again with some important home games coming up.

Manchester United return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they take on Anderlecht in the return leg of their quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.

February and now lead fourth-placed Manchester City by two points. Many players will - especially in big games - make a couple of errors and retreat into safety mode, only making safe, sideways passes.

The victory ended an eight-match winless run against Chelsea, which was their longest streak without a win against a single opponent.

Jose Mourinho rationalizes his joy for beating Chelsea, saying it's always a unique feeling beating the league leaders.

Perhaps even more pleasing for Mourinho was seeing his attackers take their chances; especially without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the line up.

An excellent finish in the 7th minute gave Manchester United an early lead but the ball clearly touched Ander Herrera's hand before reaching goal-scorer Marcus Rashford. Is the Premier League title race now back on, after so many had assumed Chelsea had the championship in the bag?

  • Julie Sanders