Jose Mourinho hailed an important victory as Manchester United opened up a six-point gap over Chelsea in the race for the top four by beating their rivals at Old Trafford.
Willian deservedly put the visitors ahead and Chelsea dominated possession but Romelu Lukaku quickly equalised and substitute Jesse Lingard headed in the winner with 15 minutes remaining.
With Paul Pogba restored to the starting line-up and Romelu Lukaku named man of the match, Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford was a triumph for Jose Mourinho. It could prove a turning point in the club’s season.
Romelu Lukaku had scored against fellow former clubs Everton and West Brom already this season, but his calm finish against Chelsea felt far more significant. It could prove a crucial moment in his Old Trafford career.
After scoring the equaliser, he also provided the assist for Jesse Lingard’s winner and was noticeably invigorated by it – one late driving run epitomising his afternoon. Doubts over Lukaku have remained even as the goals have gone in this season, particularly given that, prior to Sunday, he had played 10 games against the top eight teams without scoring once.
Source: Sky Sports