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January 19 2018, 05:27 | Van Peters
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho opted to leave "tired" top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench for Sunday's clash with Chelsea but in the Swede's absence 19-year-old Marcus Rashford delivered in style.
Mourinho, however, reacted to those two results by sending his side out to contain Eden Hazard while urging his forwards to finish off their chances - which they did when Marcus Rashford scored in the seventh minute before Ander Herrera ensured the three points with his goal four minutes after the break.
United earned just their seventh home win of the season ahead of a run-in plagued with fixture congestion and hard away trips to their top of the table rivals. At the hands of Jose Mourinho's men, Chelsea suffered a heavy 2-goal defeat.
Whilst their top four hopes are not entirely bleak, the odds of United winning the Europa League are considerably higher seeing as they're one of the few reputable teams left in the competition.
Conte said: "It won't be easy because I think Tottenham now are the best team and they are in great form and they have a lot of enthusiasm". I am very happy.
Premier League leaders Chelsea's advantage over second-placed Tottenham has been cut to four points with six games to go and Cahill has acknowledged they can not afford to slip up again.
Defenders know that if Kante and Matic are playing, the ball is not going over the top.
"We have felt that kind of performance coming", said the versatile England global, United's captain against Chelsea.
Mourinho said: "I think it was a special performance because it's also a special opponent".
"We expected them to start fast and we had to try and control that, and we never did".
He got the better of Antonio Conte tactically. "They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation to win", he told reporters.
Chelsea was without first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was injured, and wing back Marcos Alonso pulled out of the game during the warm-up after suffering from a virus during the week.
It was the first time this season that a really quick player has been... Do I think he can play successfully for me? Yes. Maybe Everton can give Chelsea a fight at Goodison Park but Chelsea should be able to win five of six along with a final game against a likely relegated Sunderland.
Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool to a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that moved Jurgen Klopp's men back into third place in the EPL.