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Summary

  1. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live using the audio button
  2. Rashford slots in from Herrera pass
  3. Herrera gets second with shot that deflects of Zouma
  4. Tottenham now four points behind leaders Chelsea; United up to fifth
  5. Chelsea unbeaten in 12 matches against United in all competitions

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Man Utd 2 Chelsea 0.

Mourinho 2 Chelsea 0.

Spurs 2 Chelsea 0.

However you want to look at today's result, it was big. If you want to see all of today's action again then tune into MOTD2 at 22:30 BST on BBC One.

Thanks for your company today, hope you've enjoyed yourselves (unlikely if you're a Chelsea fan).

Cheerio!

The league is not closed - Conte

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Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaking to Match of the Day: "Manchester United deserved to win because they showed more desire, more motivation, more ambition to win this game.

"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."

Tottenham's run-in

Here's who Spurs must face over the next five weeks...

Crystal Palace (a)

Arsenal (h)

West Ham (a)

Manchester United (h)

Leicester (a)

Hull City (a)

Spurs face a much tougher run-in (on paper at least).

Four of their remaining six matches are away, including a trip to reigning champions Leicester.

And their final two games at the Lane are against Arsenal and Manchester United. Big.

Chelsea's run-in

Four of Chelsea's remaining six fixtures are at Stamford Bridge, where they have won 13 and lost two of their 15 matches this season. 

Southampton (h)

Everton (a)

Middlesbrough (h)

West Brom (a)

Watford (h)

Sunderland (h)

Race for the line?

So the title race is finally alive and kicking! We think.

Although Chelsea are still firmly in control. Five wins from their six remaining games will see them home.

And the Blues only face one other side in the top six during the run-in...

Referee wasn't good for us - Conte

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Chelsea

More from Antonio Conte: "Marcus Alonso has a virus, he tried to play but it was impossible for him. When you arrive in this stadium you know what can happen."  

On a possible handball by Ander Herrera in the build up to United's second goal: "Last game against Bournemouth we conceded a goal in a same situation, against Palace a clear handball, against Stoke a penalty with great doubt. This is not important.

"It is important to find the right solution, but the decision of the referee wasn't good for us. We were unlucky."

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Chelsea actually shaded possession over the 90 minutes, after hogging the ball in the final 20 minutes. By then it was too late.

A more damning statistic is they did not manage a single shot on target, while United scored twice from their three attempts at goal.

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The fault is mine - Conte

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Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Sky Sports: "They deserved to win, because they showed more desire than us, more motivation.

"In this case, the fault is the coach. It is mine. In this case I wasn't able to do the right motivation.

"To play this type of game from now and until the end we must have great enthusiasm, great motivation to try to reach the target. 

"This for us is a fantastic target.

"I have concern because we have to work together and find quickly the right ambition to win this title - if someone thinks it's normal for Chelsea to win the title, we started as underdogs after 10th place last season.

"Tottenham is in good form and playing with enthusiasm, we must find the same."

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The mood of Antonio Conte, understandably, is darker than the gloomy Salford skies.

The Chelsea manager says the defeat was "the coach's fault". Admirable.

'I don't feel extra joy'

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Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho speaking to Match of the Day: "Chelsea 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 - 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."

'If we win our games, it doesn't matter what Spurs do'

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, speaking to BBC Sport: "I think the defeat is down to a combination of things. United were more aggressive, they won second balls and probably wanted it more. 

"They got a great start and then went on from there. We need to be better going forward.

"We have a lot of matchwinners, it was not just a case of Eden Hazard being man marked and taken out the game. We weren't at it today but we have a lot of character and can bounce back.

"We have a four-point advantage and at the start of the season we would have taken it at this stage. 

"If we win our games it doesn't matter what Spurs do."

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'We chose the best team'

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Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "Maybe we didn't 'rest' players ahead of Thursday, we just chose the team we thought was the best team. 

"We went to Stamford Bridge in the cup with same tactics, the game was totally controlled with 11 players, only the decision that made us play with 10 men for the second half and 10 minutes in the first half, gave Chelsea a chance to be dominant.

"We knew that playing this way would be very difficult for them.

"Marcus Rashford played fantastically well. He had a very good game at Stamford Bridge in the cup, exactly the same chance to score, because he is faster than their defenders.

"Today he scored and it gave the team more confidence, more stability."

Rashford does the Wright stuff

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It was not just those inside Old Trafford who handed Marcus Rashford a standing ovation...

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'It took a lot of discipline'

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Manchester United

Manchester United goalscorer Marcus Rashford on Sky Sports: "Today took a lot of discipline to carry out the game plan and actions. 

"It's not so much stepping up to the plate in Ibrahimovic's absence, everyone is together and we grafted to put the work in to get the result.

"It was a clever pass from Herrera, we made eye contact and he put the ball exactly where I want it. It's something we need in this team."

'It was not handball'

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Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera on his handball in the build-up to Marcus Rashford's opener: "I didn't want to touch the ball with the hand. I was running with my hand next to my body. If your hand is in a natural position it is not a handball."

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Jose Mourinho is happy, we think. He doesn't look it, or sound it, but he must be.

The Manchester United boss reckons he doesn't feel any extra satisfaction by beating old club Chelsea. Hmmm.

Stay tuned for his full quotes...

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'It was almost perfect'

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Manchester United

Manchester United's Ander Herrera on Sky Sports: "There are always some things to improve, but it was almost perfect. They didn't have any chances.

"I have been looking for a goal for a long time. Today I was a bit lucky, but I think we deserved this."

Ossie's dream...

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Former Tottenham midfielder and manager Ossie Ardiles enjoyed that result too...

PL a two horse race now. COYS COYS COYS

'Great plan Jose'

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Big Pete is pleased...

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'Mourinho produced tactical masterstrokes'

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho marched down the touchline towards the Stretford End pointing at his Manchester United badge after a win that was as much his as his players.

He produced tactical masterstrokes today, using the pace of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard and utilising Ander Herrera to man-mark Eden Hazard, and recorded a win that will be celebrated in parts of north London as much as Old Trafford.

United were dominant in all areas as Chelsea were outflanked on the pitch and in the technical area.

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'My hand was in a natural position'

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A drenched Ander Herrera is down in the tunnel facing the post-match interviewers.

The Spaniard diplomatically discusses his 'handball' in the build-up to Manchester United's first goal, eloquently claiming his hand was in a natural position. 

Classic say a lot, but admit nothing tactics.

Full quotes from Herrera and fellow scorer Marcus Rashford coming up...

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What a stat this is...

0 - Chelsea failed to have a single shot on target in a PL game for the first time since Sept 2007 (v Man Utd at Old Trafford). Repeat.

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Momentum shift on the horizon?

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

There could be a huge momentum shift next weekend in the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham. If Tottenham win that what will it do for their belief? Chelsea are still in the box seat at the moment.

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Little sign of a smile from Jose Mourinho as he shakes Antonio Conte's hand before trudging down the touchline. 

He beats the Man Utd badge on his coat with a clenched fist as he approaches the Stretford End, signifying where his heart lies.

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte
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Jose Mourinho
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What it means

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Manchester United fans only care about their side's own position of course, but some of their Spurs-supporting friends may wish to buy them a drink later.

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FULL-TIME

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All over! Chelsea's lead stays at four points over Spurs, while Man Utd put the cat amongst the Champions League pigeons.

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Now Timothy Fosu-Mensah gets a standing ovation (see 81 mins)! The young defender comes on for Ashley Young, who takes his time trotting off. Obviously he has to find Michael Carrick and hand over the captain's armband. Tick tock. Very clever.

Ashley Young and Michael Carrick
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David Beckham sprays a Hollywood pass about 60 yards down the touchline. Oh, sorry, it was Marcos Rojo. Unfortunately for him it skips off the wet grass and just out of Ashley Young's outstretched foot.

INJURY TIME

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Andre Marriner trots up to the touchline armed with a big electronic board. On it, the number four. That, of course,means four minutes of stoppage time.

Four minutes for Chelsea to make a minor miracle.

YELLOW CARD

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Cesc Fabregas clatters into Michael Carrick on the edge of the United box. The home fans bay for blood. The Chelsea midfielder does not see red, only picking up a yellow.

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Still Chelsea are dominating possession. Still they're doing little with it. Time ticking.

Gary Cahill
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Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

It has been a very good team performance from Manchester United. There has been no stand-out individual. Everybody has played their part.

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Jose Mourinho is throwing his arms around more than the Hallé Orchestra conductor.

Can the Manchester United manager keep his team ticking in the final few minutes?

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...they can find something special. No sign yet, however. 

Eden Hazard's searching ball forward tries to pick out Pedro, but the Spaniard is flagged offside.

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Into the final five.

Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League set to remain at four points over Spurs.

Unless...

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This fella know a thing or two about being a decent striker...

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SUBSTITUTION

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Zlatan time. Not a bad bloke to bring on. A standing ovation for Marcus Rashford as he departs the pitch. A wonderful display by the United teenager. A well-taken goal and nightmares for the Chelsea defence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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A huge roar greets some movement on the United bench. Clue: it isn't Timothy Fosu-Mensah coming on. (No offence Timmy.)