Manchester United came out victorious in their clash with Chelsea.
The two teams were separated by only three points prior to kick off and a win was desperately needed for both. Substitute Jesse Lingard got the winner in the 75th minute to push United back up to second place.
Chelsea started the better of the two teams and came out of the dressing room with all the attacking intent. They nearly took an early lead as a volleyed cross from the left flank from Marcos Alonso was met with a side foot volley from Alvaro Morata but his attempt came crashing back off the crossbar.
Much of the game was played in the midfield area until the 32nd minute where a swift counter gave Chelsea the lead. Willian starts the move in his own half spreading the ball out wide to Hazard on the right hand side, the Brazilian carried on his run and Hazard picked out a peach of a return pass leaving Willian one-on-one with De Gea and he powered the ball past the Spaniard at this near post.
It looked as though Chelsea were going to add a second before United scored an equaliser as a bending effort from Alonso looped a couple of yards past the post. But United found the response in the 39th minute and it was a much needed goal from Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian failed to control the initial pass into him but some neat interplay between he, Sanchez and Martial who eventually slipped the ball through to Lukaku who applied the finish past Courtois.
United picked up the intensity after the break but still couldn’t find the final pass to put them in a clear goalscoring position. Likewise with the Blues, their shots were coming from outside of the box and they too were lacking the penetration to get into the United box and create chances for the desperate Morata. Mourinho had seen enough and on the 64th minute, replaced Martial, who didn’t have much of an impact with the improving Jesse Lingard.
It didn’t take the Englishman long to make an impact as 15 minutes after his introduction, he had put his team in the lead. Lukaku turned provider as he ran down the right flank, cut in on his favoured left foot and clipped a ball into the middle and Lingard directed the header back where it came from to give United the lead.
Chelsea looked to have scored the equaliser on the 85th minute as Fabregas clipped a delightful ball over the top for Morata who put the ball in the back of the net but the goal was ruled out for offside. On replay, the Spaniard looked to be level with Lindelof but United hung on for the last few minutes and secure the much needed three points.