Manchester United Beats Chelsea To Return To Second Spots On The League Table
Manchester United moved back into second place in the Premier League as substitute Jesse Lingard gave them victory over top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils had to come from behind after Willian started and finished a flowing move to give the visitors the lead in the first half.
United pulled level before the break, with striker Romelu Lukaku getting in front of Marcos Alonso to score against his former club for the first time.
Lukaku then set up Lingard to head home with 15 minutes left, after which Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.
Defeat leaves the Blues in fifth place after Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 earlier on Sunday.
A run of just one win in their past four league matches, coupled with Spurs’ 10-game unbeaten streak, means they are out of the Champions League places with 10 games remaining.
Chelsea went close to taking the lead at Old Trafford after just four minutes, when Morata ran on to Alonso’s brilliant volleyed cross, but his shot hit the bar.
Lukaku, facing the club he played for between 2011 and 2014, also had a flying volley superbly saved by Thibaut Courtois.
Antonio Conte Reaction
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte conceded “it won’t be easy” for his side to finish in the top four of the Premier League after a 2-1 loss at Manchester United.
The Blues slipped to fifth as Tottenham climbed into the Champions League places with a win at Crystal Palace.
Spurs are two points clear of last season’s champions with 10 games left.
“There is this risk,” said Conte. “We must be ready to be concentrated, and to understand this target is an important target for us.”
Willian put Chelsea in front at Old Trafford but goals from former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard took United back up to second in the table.
Chelsea’s next match is against runaway leaders Manchester City next Sunday