Man Utd stun Chelsea to open up PL title race

Posted April 20, 2017

Chelsea have a favourable run-in but Conte is wary having dropped points in recent weeks, including a costly slip-up at home to Crystal Palace at the beginning of April. Sometimes for a striker, it is a normal there is a not as good period [scoring goals] but I hope he continues like this, like today, because it helps the team to reach our objective'.

"We have to think that there are six finals from now until the end", said the Italian, who was without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to injury and wing-back Marcos Alonso due to a virus.

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

"They are feeling the possibility to write history and it is important to know this".

"The performance was really very, very good and it is a pleasure for me to say that the [league] leaders - the leaders with some difference - could not cope with our performance". We must understand this and find the right motivation. The league is open.

"We will be good to finish on top of the table and it means we deserve this". We are lucky to have the pressure.

"Last season Chelsea had no pressure - 10th place and you play calm, and you are happy".

But Chelsea failed to have a shot on target in an EPL game for the first time since September 2007, which also came against United at Old Trafford.

He even capped off his performance against the title chasing Blues with a goal, highlighting just how influential he can be when he plays they way that many know he can. Interestingly goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who played because of injury to Thibaut Courtois, admitted that United showed more determination to win.

"I must have confidence, in myself, in the players, in the club, because it is not the first time we have faced this kind of situation." he added. "I think the defeat is down to a combination of things".

Such a performance was a rude awakening for Antonio Conte's men given how hard United have made life for themselves in recent home matches.