Full-time: Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea

  • Chelsea's advantage over second-place Tottenham remains at four points with six matches left to play after rare defeat at Old Trafford
  • Marcus Rashford fires hosts into an early lead after being teed up by a brilliant pass from Ander Herrera, who appeared to handle the ball in the build-up
  • Herrera doubles the advantage after his powerful shot takes a massive deflection off Kurt Zouma
  • Visitors fail to muster a single shot on target during worst display since they switched to Antonio Conte's preferred 3-4-3 system in October
  • Red Devils end a run of 12 matches without a win against Chelsea that stretched back to 2012
  • Jose Mourinho, with one eye on Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht, initially creates controversy by leaving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the bench and naming Ashley Young as captain
  • Thibaut Courtois misses the game due to an ankle problem and Chelsea also lose Marcos Alonso to an injury sustained during the warm-up
  • Fifth-place United are now four points behind Manchester City with a game in hand
  • Recap: West Brom 0-1 Liverpool
Ander Herrera

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Chelsea, who have been top of the pile since November, remain clear title favourites with six games left to play. However, there will be no shortage of concern regarding their 10-point lead being whittled down to four.

As per Opta Stats, today was the first time that they have failed to muster a single shot on target in a Premier League match since a goalless draw at Manchester United back in 2007.

Tottenham are in imperious form right now and go head-to-head with their London rivals in an FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley next weekend. After that, Conte's men round off the season against Southampton (H), Everton (A), Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), Watford (H) and Sunderland (H).

On paper, Spurs have a much tougher run-in. The challengers still have to play Crystal Palace (A), Arsenal (H), West Ham (A), Manchester United (H), Leicester (A) and Hull (A).


A tactical masterclass from Mourinho hands Tottenham real incentive in the title race and puts United, who boast a game in hand over their local rivals, four points adrift of fourth-place Manchester City. Such a triumph ends an ugly 12-match winless run against Chelsea that dated back to 2012.

United are now unbeaten in 22 league matches and will head into Thursday's Europa League quarter-final decider against Anderlecht full of confidence. Mourinho will be delighted to have got one over on his former side after back-to-back defeats.



Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea


Ibrahimovic collects a late yellow. With less than two minutes of added time remaining, Timothy Fosu-Mensah replaces Young.

The 31-year-old has provided a fine riposte to those who scoffed at his inclusion as captain.


Four minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Chelsea are heading for a very rare defeat.


Fabregas launches into a clumsy tackle on Carrick that probably looked worse than it was. Yellow card.


Nothing doing for Loftus-Cheek. Mourinho cuts an animated figure on the touchline as his name is sung around the stadium.

Is he never satisfied?


Bailly does superbly well to snuff out the threat of Hazard. The offside flag was up anyway.

A reminder that Chelsea have still yet to produce a single shot on target. There are less than four minutes left to play.


Conte makes his final substitution. Loftus-Cheek jogs on in place of Zouma.



A standing ovation for Rashford as he goes off to be replaced by the evergreen Swede.

A fine display from the teenager, who has now scored in back-to-back league games for the first time since September.


Luiz and Pedro keep Young and Antonio Valencia at bay. The United skipper then miscues a shot as Ibrahimovic prepares to take the field.


Rojo gets too physical with nemesis Costa and a spot of obvious holding earns him a booking.


Pedro gets the better of Herrera once more but his inaccurate cutback is cleared by Pogba.

The hugely impressive Rashford then motors past Kante and tries to win a corner off Luiz. The referee's assistant flags for a goal kick.


Herrera trips Hazard and picks up a yellow card. He just will not give him an inch.


Pedro gets the better of Herrera and fires a low cross into the six-yard box. De Gea gratefully intercepts.


Conte's second change sees Willian replace the ineffective Matic. The Brazilian gives the ball away while trying to initiate an attack and United break forward with real pace.

Rashford battles hard against Luiz and eventually forces a smart low stop from Begovic at his near post.


A bit of argy-bargy between Herrera and Costa as Chelsea prepare to take their second corner in quick succession.

Excellent defending from Herrera after the ball bobbles around rather awkwardly on the edge of the six-yard box. Without his timely intervention, Costa likely would have reduced the deficit.


64 minutes on the clock and Chelsea finally earn their first corner after Bailly fends off Costa.

Rojo clears before Pedro's latest effort is deflected behind.


Yet more uncharacteristic sloppiness from Chelsea as Matic concedes possession cheaply in midfield. Fellaini quickly finds Rashford, who rifles a shot into the side netting.

Half the ground thought that was in.


A diagonal cross from Azpilicueta floats over the head of Matteo Darmian. Pedro tries to reach it on the slide but is unable to prevent the ball from going behind for a goal kick.

Carrick replaces Lingard. This will be the 35-year-old's 450th appearance in a United shirt.


Fabregas and Costa fail to fashion a shooting chance and United are back on the attack. Carrick is preparing to enter the fray.