Manchester United beat Chelsea for the first time in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson Era as Mourinho’s men beat Chelsea 2-0 via goals from Rashford and Herrera.
Rashford put the first past Begovic after a slick Herrera through ball and Herrera himself doubled the lead after the half-time via a lucky deflection.
Mourinho made four changes to the team that defeated Sunderland 3-0 as Romero, Shaw, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic made way for De Gea, Valencia, Young, and Rashford. Chelsea boss Conte made two forced changes to the team that thwarted Bournemouth 3-1 as Courtois and Marcos Alonso were replaced by Begovic and Zouma.
Manchester United started the match with man-marking every Chelsea midfielder or attacker signifying a master plan from Mourinho. Matic’s pass in the seventh minute hit Herrera’s hand whose slick through ball allowed Rashford to run in the channel and the Englishman slid the ball past Begovic into the bottom corner. In the 16th minute, Lingard set up Young who put a diagonal ball in the six-yard box but Rashford failed to make contact with the ball. Just before the clock hit the half hour mark, Rashford’s industrious work allowed Pogba to set up Young just outside the penalty area but he was wasteful as his scruffed shot went wide. Costa’s long range shot went wide just before half time.
Manchester United defended as a team and ensured that De Gea did not have to make a single save throughout the half.
Manchester United stamped their authority again after half time with a Herrera goal. Young’s cross was cleared till Zouma but Young won the ball from him and set up Herrera whose shot took a deflection and ended up in the Chelsea net giving no chance to Begovic. Three minutes later, Lingard and Rashford played a one-two which set up Lingard in a central position just outside the box but he shot over wasting the chance. At the hour mark, Chelsea gave the ball away unnecessarily and Fellaini’s first-time pass found Rashford whose bullet-like shot hit the side netting. In the 69th minute, United freed Rashford on the counter and his solo run allowed him to have a shot at the goal but Begovic got down well to make the save.
Ander Herrera was my man of the match as he set up Rashford for the first goal and scored the second himself. What was more impressive was that he pocketed Eden Hazard throughout the game and man-marked him out of the match.
Chelsea slips up in the title race as Spurs closes the gap to just four points at the top and United gain the very necessary momentum they need for winning the Europa League and qualify for Champions League.