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

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

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

Chelsea had the chance to re-open a seven-point lead over Tottenham at the top of the Premier League by beating United at Old Trafford, but goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera in either half meant the gap stayed at four with six games to play.

Rashford gave United a dream start when he latched onto Ander Herrera's through-ball and slotted past Asmir Begovic in the seventh minute, before Herrera doubled the Reds' advantage with a deflected shot just after half-time.

Despite having been barracked with chants of "Judas" during United's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup last month, Mourinho said victory over his former club carried no special significance.

United have now gone 22 games unbeaten in the league and move back to fifth position, four points behind Manchester City but with a game in hand against Burnley at Turf Moor next Sunday.

Chelsea failed to have a single shot on target in a Premier League game for the first time since another 2-0 loss to United in September 2007. After kickoff was delayed by 55 minutes, the match was abandoned when more trouble erupted at the interval with the score at 0-0.

"If our players had been on their game today and we had Diego Costa in the form he was in back in October and November, we would have beaten United without any problems".

Goalkeeper Ben Foster went forward for a corner only for Liverpool to break. I think Spurs will smash us next week, especially when we could be without Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso.

"They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation", said Conte. "I don't think a lot of people expected it but we did".

He added: "I am concerned, we have to work together and find quickly the right desire and ambition to win this title". I am just concentrating on each game and when the manager calls on me, I will give 100% and look to play as well as I can.

He now has until Thursday to prepare his side for arguably their biggest match of the season - Anderlecht's visit in the Europa League quarter-final second leg (8.05pm) following last week's 1-1 draw. We've got to appreciate his game, because, I truly believe this, it's more likely that we'll see another player like Messi before we see another player with such abnormal footballing qualities like Fellaini.