Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday (16/04/17) to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.
United manager Jose Mourinho masterminded the brilliant and unexpected home victory over former club Chelsea to revive a top four finish this season.
According to AFP, Mourinho gambled by resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera’s goals gave United a win that leaves Chelsea just four points above Tottenham Hotspur with six games to play.
The win also lifted United to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, on whom they have a game in hand, ahead of the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 27.
United boss Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport:
“It was the same plan that was working with 11 players in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. They are the best counter-attacking team in the country and we controlled them very well.
“I’m really happy with the boys. I’m happy – it’s not because it’s Chelsea, it’s because we need these three points.
“I don’t feel extra joy at beating Chelsea – we beat the leader. It doesn’t matter if the leader is Chelsea or another – we beat them convincingly. Nobody can doubt our credit to win the game.”
Chelsea have now lost twice in four games, having gone down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace earlier this month, which will give in-form Spurs fresh hope that the Blues may yet collapse as the finishing line nears.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte:
“Manchester United deserved to win because they showed more desire, more motivation, more ambition to win this game.
“It is simple. The fault is mine, because this type of situation the fault is the coach. I wasn’t able to transfer the right concentration, the right motivation.
“This league is not closed. Tottenham are on great form and playing with great enthusiasm, but we are playing a great season and we must try to reach this target.
“We started as underdogs and it won’t be easy.”
Jose Mourinho has now recorded at least one league victory against all 34 Premier League clubs he has faced as a manager.