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It's on: EPL title race heats up as Chelsea loses at United

Ander Herrera GETTY Ander Herrera scored United's second goal as well as keeping Eden Hazard quiet
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:03

April 17 (ANI): A resurgent Manchester United put up an unexpected brilliant performance as they defeated Chelsea 2-0 to breathe new life into the Premier League title race on Sunday at the Old Trafford.

League leaders Chelsea suffered an unexpected setback losing 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last evening.

United, who were the better side throughout, had a chance to open the scoring after just six minutes after a loose ball feel to the impressive Marcus Rashford who scuffed his shot wide.

The first of those was a comfortable 4-0 league win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October before the Blues narrowly secured a 1-0 victory in the FA Cup in March thanks to N'Golo Kante's goal.

Chelsea were successfully nullified, failing to register a single shot on target in a league game for the first time since 2007, and now lead second-place Tottenham Hotspur by just four points.

"They showed more desire than us and more motivation, but in this case the fault is the coach".

Herrera was deployed by Mourinho to man-mark Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and did a sterling job throughout. "Sometimes, of course, we draw a lot of games at home".

"It is important to find the right solution, but the decision of the referee [Bobby Madley] wasn't good for us".

At one point, Chelsea held an opportunity to win the league by a record margin, and set the total season points record.

"Chelsea didn't turn up. If we can play like we did against Chelsea, then I am sure we can get through against Anderlecht and into the semi-finals".

"Firstly, with the Liverpool and Manchester City victories, if we didn't win it's goodbye to the Premier League [finishing in the top four]".

He told the United squad that Chelsea were on the ropes and urged them to quickly push for a second goal - predicting that Antonio Conte would quickly introduce Cesc Fabregas in a bid to claw back some control.

"It was a clear pass and he looked up, we made eye contact, and he put the ball exactly where I wanted it". Meantime, Martin Tyler takes us along a line of ex-players in the crowd, completely failing to recognise the grey-bearded Franck Lebouef. I think everyone is concentrated for this end of the season because we know we play for two big opportunities.

Wherever there is a scent of glory in the air, the Manchester United manager remains on hand to pop the balloons and dampen the confetti - it is what he has always done best.