Jose praises 'fantastic' Rashford as Conte takes blame for loss

The 19-year-old registered the 16th goal of his exciting senior career by breaking the deadlock in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford, where he led the attack for manager Jose Mourinho while top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat on the bench due to tiredness.

"It was nearly flawless", said Herrera, who was sent off when United lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last month.

However Young appears to have forced his way back into Jose Mourinho's first team plans at Old Trafford, starting four of the club's last five league matches and captaining the Red Devils against Chelsea on Sunday.

Premier League leaders Chelsea's advantage over second-placed Tottenham has been cut to four points with six games to go and Cahill has acknowledged they can not afford to slip up again.

A anxious Antonio Conte has conceded that Chelsea are no longer the best team in the Premier League and that title rivals Tottenham Hotspur are now the side to beat.

Chelsea were 13 points clear when they beat Stoke City on 18 March and Conte said he had to take the blame for United's 2-0 win, admitting his players had not been focused or motivated enough to win.

"We didn't even test David De Gea with a single shot and that's just not good enough when you are chasing the league title".

"We must understand this, that (something) really important is happening this season because we are doing a great job and a miracle if you consider last season and the problems we had. The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league".

"(Mourinho) got his tactics spot on and enjoyed a bit of luck, but I don't see that as a template", Souness said.

"There are only six games left and we are still in a good position".

Image: Ander Herrera scoring Man United's second goal yesterday. I think he's a very exciting young talent.

The Spain worldwide also contributed by doubling United's advantage with a deflected strike just four minutes after half-time.

Rashford added: "We're a team, just missing one player it doesn't cancel out everything that we've worked on throughout the week". That cut the gap with United to one point with three games to play. Any turn of the old screw for Tottenham and they will completely shatter their chances of winning the league.

"The result means we keep two windows open to play Champions League football", Mourinho said.

  • Julie Sanders