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Man United ace Lukaku gives Chelsea the blues

HOW'S YOUR LUK?: United striker Romelu Lukaku fires home his team's equaliser against Chelsea at Old Trafford

AFTER A nervy start Manchester United moved back into second place after racking up only their second victory over Chelsea in 15 meetings in all competitions. The first half saw Old Trafford devoid of any atmosphere except the 3,000 Chelsea supporters who were by far the loudest in 75,000 crowd.

Chelsea dominated the opening play with delightful football from their midfield, and they nearly got off to a dream start on five minutes when Marcus Alonso swung in a dangerous cross , which reached Alvaro Morata, who from 10 yards out, struck a volley which came back off the crossbar.

Chelsea's flowing football did eventually pay off when they took the lead on 31 minutes courtesy of Brazilian midfielder Willian. The former Shakhtar player made a darting run from deep inside the Chelsea half, before passing the ball to Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, who duly passed it back to the South American who was now clear of United's defence down the right to fire home a thunderous which sped past hapless keeper David De Gea. The goal was a thing of beauty and was Willian's sixth top flight goal of the campaign and maintained his recent good spell of form.

The visitors lead only lasted just five minutes and was against the run of play. United scored the equaliser courtesy of Belgium and former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku; who started the move by heading the ball back into the path of Alexis Sanchez on the edge of the Chelsea area. Intricate passing saw the ball eventually land with Anthony Martial, who put an inch perfect ball back to Lukaku to tap in from five yards.

Red Devils' boss Jose Mourinho side came out into the second half with more determination and started to bully the London club's midfield. Their persistence nearly payed off with a touch of brilliance from Lukaku, producing a flying volley which forced an equally brilliant save from Chelsea keeper Thibaut Coutois, who tipped the ball over the crossbar.

The winning goal came on 75 minutes when the Manchester club continued to pile on the pressure. Martial passed crossfield ball to Lukaku on the left, who delivered an inch perfect cross to substitute Jesse Lingard who nodded home from close range. The goal and subsequent win saw the hosts leapfrog Liverpool to go second in the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: "We had a good chance to take all three points. Experience should have got us three points but we came away with a loss. It could be a possibility we don’t reach the top four. It's not easy, We must be ready to fight and it's an important target for us."

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