Manchester United 2 Chelsea 0 – Premier League photo match report

Manchester United rested Michael Carrick, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the Europa League Quarter Final second leg.

Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and David De Gea all came into the side.

Chelsea were forced to bring in both Asmir Begovic (Due to Courtois ankle injury) and Kurt Zouma (after Marcos Alonso got injured in the warm up).

The Premier League trophy was on show before the game with Chelsea 4 points clear of Spurs in the race for the title.

United started quickly and Marcus Rashford gave them a deserved lead. The 19 year old latched onto a fantastic Ander Herrera through ball to beat Begovic and score his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

While Herrera was also tasked with stopping Premier League Player of the Season nominee, Eden Hazard, following the Belgian wherever he went to great effect. With Matteo Darmian doing a similar job on the other side against Pedro. Mourinho’s tactics worked perfectly, nullifying the Chelsea wingers, leaving Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly a 2 v 1 against Diego Costa.

But Herrera made the difference when United had the ball too. Adding a goal to his assist. He ran onto Ashley Young’s pull back early in the second half and shot past Begovic with the aid of a deflection.

While Chelsea had the majority of possession at 2-0, they failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Young blazed three shots wide and over, while Rashford looked for his second, shooting into the side netting in the second half.

While Rashford and Herrera got the goals, this was a team performance from MUFC with every player giving ‘everything’ as asked for by José Mourinho before the game.

The result meant Manchester United’s unbeaten league run stretched to 22 games. A run which has been salvaged three times by late goals (Home v Liverpool and Everton, Away v Stoke).

It was Chelsea’s 2nd defeat in 4 league games, after losing to Crystal Palace at home at the start of April. But, a favourable run in still has them favourites to lift the title in May.

United now have only 2 league home games left against Swansea and Crystal Palace. While they have 5 away games in tough end to the league season.

MUFC now face Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League Quarter Final on 20th April, looking to reach the last four of a competition that still seems the most likely route to Champions League qualification for next season.


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