Manchester United managed to got the all-important win against Chelsea as the Red Devils beat the Blues 2-0 on Sunday. Jose Mourinho decided to give Marcus Rashford a chance to start up front, and he grasped it with both hands, scoring the opening goal.
Rashford, who replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front, had a chance to give Manchester United an early lead in the sixth minute, but he could not strike cleanly. Despite that, Rashford continued to push forward and the youngster got his reward in the seventh minute after Ander Herrera split Chelsea's defence with a great ball. Rashford, then, put the ball calmly into the Chelsea goal.
Mourinho's men continued to dominate possession during the early parts of the game. In the 16th minute, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Rashford combined to find Ashley Young, but he put too much power on his cross and could not find the 19-year-old.
Chelsea, on the other hand, struggled a lot in the first 30 minutes of the game as they failed to find any rhythm.
However, Rashford continued to impress late in the first half and he did well to hold off Victor Moses and fired a cross in and it almost ended up inside the goal after Gary Cahill's defelction.
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The only real chance Chelsea had in the first half was during the stoppage time when Diego Costa tried his luck from outside the box after Pedro did some good work to find him. That half chance from Chelsea did not affect Manchester United's confidence and a minute later, at the other end, Young had another chance, but fired way above the goal.
Manchester United started the second half brightly, as they found an early goal to make things worse for Chelsea. Young kept a Rashford free-kick alive, and after Kurt Zouma tried clearing the ball, it fell to Herrera and his shot deflected off Zouma to give Manchester United a two-goal lead.
Manchester United continued to press early in the second half and it forced a mistake from Luiz as Rashford collected the ball and passed it to Lingard, but he curled his shot too high. Chelsea found a rare chance in the 60th minute as Eden Hazard delivered a cross, but it was too long for Pedro to connect with.
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Rashford justified his inclusion in the Manchester United starting XI with an excellent performance.
In the final 20 minutes of the game both teams did not have any real chances.
With the win, Manchester United kept their hopes of finishing in the top four alive. As for Chelsea, Antonio Conte and his men still hold a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table over Tottenham, but this loss has certainly changed the complexion of the title race, with just six games to go.
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