United offer hope to Spurs with 2-0 win over Chelsea

April 17, 2017

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Manchester United opened up the Premier League title race with a convincing 2-0 home victory over leaders Chelsea on Sunday that leaves second-placed Tottenham Hotspur just four points behind.

Goals by Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera sank Chelsea and, with six games left for the top two, there is little room for any more slip-ups by Antonio Conte's side who a few weeks ago looked like they were running away with the title.

While Chelsea remain favourites to win the league, Conte will be concerned about the manner of the defeat at Old Trafford where they were rarely able to turn possession into chances.

The west London side are top with 75 points, ahead of Spurs on 71, also from 32 games, Liverpool with 66 from 33, Manchester City on 64 from 32 and United with 60 from 31.

"Manchester United deserved to win because they showed more desire, more motivation, more ambition to win this game," Conte told the BBC.

"This league is not closed. Tottenham are on great form and playing with great enthusiasm but we are playing a great season and we must try to reach this target."

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