Manchester United v Chelsea – story of the match

Jose Mourinho won the battle with rival Antonio Conte as Manchester United came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford and boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

Willian deservedly gave Chelsea the lead in the 32nd minute but seven minutes late Romelu Lukaku equalised to send the sides in level at half-time.

United gradually got on top in the second half and Lukaku turned creator as he crossed for substitute Jesse Lingard to head in the winner 15 minutes from time.

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(PA Graphics)

Tweet of the match

Star Man – Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku scored one, made one and came close to netting a spectacular volley (Martin Rickett/PA)

The forward has taken a lot of flak this season, and did so again during this game, but the bare facts make him the standout player. The Belgian’s goal was not the prettiest but he created space well and the finish was spot on. Lukaku then forced Thibaut Courtois into a fine save with a stunning volley before setting up the winner for Lingard.

Stat of the match

Lukaku’s goal was his 13th in the Premier League this season but his first against a team currently in the top eight.

View from the bench

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All the action was on the pitch as Jose Mourinho, left, and Antonio Conte, right, kept their distance (Nigel French/EMPICS)

Mourinho and Conte have clashed verbally many times at a distance but all was civil on the Old Trafford touchline. The pair shook hands before the match, which did not feature any real flash points, and ignored each other throughout the 90 minutes before shaking hands again at the end.

Ratings

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Jesse Lingard came off the bench to score the winner (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United: David De Gea 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Chris Smalling 6, Victor Lindelof 6, Ashley Young 7, Nemanja Matic 6, Scott McTominay 6, Paul Pogba 6, Alexis Sanchez 6, Anthony Martial 6, Romelu Lukaku 8. Subs: Jesse Lingard (for Martial, 64) 7, Eric Bailly (for Sanchez, 81) 6.

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 7, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Andreas Christensen 6, Antonio Rudiger 6, Victor Moses 6, Marcus Alonso 7, N’Golo Kante 7, Danny Drinkwater 6, Willian 8, Eden Hazard 7, Alvaro Morata 6. Subs: Pedro (for Hazard, 73) 5, Olivier Giroud (for Moses, 78) 5, Cesc Fabregas (for Drinkwater, 81).

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Willian was the standout performer for Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

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