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COMMENT: Second half showing proves United can play when let

Antonio Conte looks dejected on the sidelines- Antonio Conte admits ‘possibility’ Chelsea could miss out on Champions League after Manchester United defeat Antonio Conte again finds himself under pressure after defeat to Manchester United Credit Rui Vieira AP
Kristopher Love | 01 March, 2018, 22:09

Jose Mourinho sent on substitute Eric Bailly with a note for Matic and whatever it said, it worked because Manchester United saw out the 2-1 victory over Chelsea and returned to second place in the Premier League table.

And United fans were also impressed with Lukaku's run in the dying moments, with some even claiming that the moment expressed his improvement in a red shirt.

'I think that is what me and Antonio want to show to everyone. "It is not possible to win against a team with the quality of Chelsea without the quality we gave".

Former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored and then created the winning goal against his old team at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"To get the goal before halftime was really important for us". I don't listen to it [the criticism]. There were many talks about the inclusion of Paul Pogba in the starting XI and the meeting between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte after their war of words throughout the season.

"I think obviously we've been second for quite a while and that needs to be our bare minimum", the United defender said of the Premier League.

Given Mourinho's reputation as a strict tactical tutor, the 54-year-old could be forgiven for giving Matic crucial instructions at such a late stage of the match.

Mourinho's men are unlikely to catch Manchester City, but they now have a two-point gap over third-placed Liverpool, and have six points breathing space between them and fifth-placed Chelsea. Conte then offered to meet Mourinho "in a room" after the United manager brought up match-fixing allegations that were leveled at — and subsequently dropped against — Conte from his time in Italy.

After his stellar and Man of the Match performance against Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku answered the many questions posed to him regarding his big match performances.

The Brazilian began a counterattack from his own box after heading clear a free kick.

Willian, the scorer against Barcelona in midweek, led a break from his own half and took Hazard's pass before a shot that De Gea should have done better with.

More so Lukaku's overall contribution to United's displays have been more impressive than his goalscoring exploits. Once they did, the equalizer arrived.

In the only highlight of a tiresome second half, the Belgian asserted his influence on proceedings again when he whipped in a cross for substitute Jesse Lingard to head the victor in the 75th minute. The midfielder had only been on the field for 11 minutes.