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Chelsea stunned 2-0 by Manchester United to breathe new life into title race

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Manchester United defeated visiting Premier League leaders Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford to revive the fight for the title on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the hosts seven minutes into the first half and Ander Herrera scored the second via a massive deflection just four minutes into the second half to give the Red Devils a deserved win.

Jose Mourinho's squad avenged its 1-4 humiliation at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge in the first half of the season and the 0-1 FA Cup quarter-finals defeat against Antonio Conte's Blues.

Sunday's home victory is the Red Devils' first against Chelsea at Old Trafford since a 3-1 win in the first leg of the 2011-2012 season.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho shared after the game, "It was the same plan that was working with 11 players in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. They are the best counter-attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well. I'm really happy with the boys. I'm happy - it's not because it's Chelsea, it's because we need these three points. I don't feel extra joy at beating Chelsea - we beat the leader. It doesn't matter if the leader is Chelsea or another - we beat them convincingly. Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game."

Manchester United now have 60 points and seemingly have control of fifth place. They are also just four points behind Manchester City, and the two teams will clash by the end of this month. The Red Devils' win gives them a 6 point cushion over Arsenal, who are away to Middlesbrough tomorrow, while Everton move back down to sixth place having played a lot more games than both.

Perhaps most crucially though Chelsea's lead at the top of the standings is now down to just 4 points with the Blues on 75 points and Tottenham Hotspur, breathing down their necks with 71 points. Tottenham are chasing their first ever Premier League title, in what may well be sweet revenge for the North Londoners, who saw their hopes dashed last season as a result of a season defining defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte said, "Manchester United deserved to win because they showed more desire, more motivation, more ambition to win this game. It is simple. The fault is mine, because this type of situation the fault is the coach. I wasn't able to transfer the right concentration, the right motivation.

"This league is not closed. Tottenham are on great form and playing with great enthusiasm, but we are playing a great season and we must try to reach this target. We started as underdogs and it won't be easy."