Manchester United v Chelsea
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Manchester United produced a stunning display to topple league leaders Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Ander Herrera set up Marcus Rashford for an early opener before the former bagged shortly after the break albeit via a fortunate deflection.
This win ended a win of 12 without victory over the Blues stretching back to October 2012, and the first at home since September 2011.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic rested to the bench, Rashford started as the vocal point and nearly threatened five minutes in but dragged an attempt well wide.
There was no mistake moments later as Herrera’s interception and exceptional through ball sent the speedy striker away, in behind David Luiz, before placing a neat finish past Asmir Begovic to net in back-to-back league games.
Captain for the day Ashley Young teased the visiting defence before his low cross was just out of reach of a Rashford toe as Begovic, in for the injured Thibaut Courtois, palmed away Rashford’s right-hand cross.
Young was then off target as Gary Cahill’s header landed on top of his own net to escape an own goal.
Playing on the edge and already on a booking, Diego Costa fizzed wide in anger, as Young blazed over on the stroke of half-time with Jose Mourinho’s side in cruise control.
Having scored less than 60 seconds after the interval last weekend to double the lead at Sunderland, it took just a few minutes longer this time around for United to add to their deserved lead.
A home attack was only half cleared before Young’s retrieval caused more problems, but the ball eventually landed at the feet of Herrera, and although his effort was on target, his shot deflected off Kurt Zouma, wrong-footing Begovic in the process in front of the Stretford End.
They were nearly out of sight when Jesse Lingard curled just over before Rashford smashed a shot into the side netting as the two homegrown players showed what it means to play for this great club with a spirited and dogged performance.
Scorer from the return fixture back in October, Pedro’s effort deflected over but Rashford’s counter-attack, fending off three blue shirts in the process, ended with a shot which initially troubled Begovic.
There was very little threat from the visitors before full-time brought to an end one of the best displays from United this term, particularly at home where their struggles have been noted.
Chelsea were the last side to beat United domestically and the last to defeat United in the league, but this victory stretches a 21 match unbeaten league record to 22 as Mourinho pulled off a classic big game tactical masterclass.
With Old Trafford rocking, the home support will be hoping for more of the same this Thursday when Anderlecht come to visit.
The 8:05pm kick-off sees United with an away goal to their name after last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium, with a place in the semi-final of this season’s Europa League up for grabs.
United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba; Lingard (Carrick 60), Rashford (Ibrahimovic 83), Young (Fosu-Mensah 90+3).
Subs not used: Romero, Blind, Shaw, Mkhitaryan.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma (Loftus-Cheek 83), Luiz, Cahill; Moses (Fabregas 54), Kante, Matic (Willian 66), Azpilicueta; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.
Subs not used: Eduardo, Terry, Ake, Batshuayi.
Manager: Antonio Conte