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"The first reason is because with Liverpool and Manchester City victories, if we don't win today goodbye Premier League".
Jose Mourinho has explained the tactics that helped Manchester United comfortably beat Chelsea on Sunday.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland April 9, 2017. A constant menace for Chelsea's defence all game, Rashford ensured Ibrahimovic wasn't missed at Old Trafford. Hazard barely had a meaningful touch.
"I think we can be very happy".
Chelsea's preparations for the match were disrupted by the absence of Thibaut Courtois due to injury and the hamstring problem that forced Marcos Alonso to withdraw from the starting XI during the warmup, but captain Gary Cahill was in no mood to look for excuses.
Liverpool was the better team at The Hawthorns but almost got picked off late on in West Brom's only clear sight of goal.
Still, the pressure is certainly on the leaders now.
Herrera, who was named our Man of the Match with 74 per cent of the votes on our Twitter page, was over the moon to finally end his personal goal drought. "The league is open and we have a 50 percent (chance) to win the league".
Dropping Ibrahimovic - United's top scorer this season with 28 goals - was another sign of that, but Mourinho insisted he wasn't prioritizing. As for Chelsea, Antonio Conte and his men still hold a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table but that loss has certainly changed the complexion of the title race with just six games to go.
The result took the Red Devils to within four point of fourth, while also paving the way for Tottenham to launch a legitimate title bid in the final six games of the season, with Spurs only four points adrift of their league-leading London rivals.
Lingard was riding off the wave of joyous home fans when curling one over moments later, and half of Old Trafford though that Rashford had added a third when thumping a powerful drive into the side-netting from range.
Even so, Chelsea defender David Luiz was still exposed too easily by Herrera's precise pass, with Rashford allowed to gallop clear before slotting a cool finish under Asmir Begovic for his ninth goal of the season. Ander Herrera closed down Nemanja Matic and was gifted the ball via an extremely generous handball decision.
And, to make Mourinho's day complete, it was Herrera who escaped Hazard's attentions to find space in the area and send that deflected shot high into the net at the Stretford End for the home side's crucial second goal.
The introduction of Cesc Fabregas from the bench, taking over from Victor Moses in a further piece of tinkering, saw Chelsea wrestle back more control of the game.
It doesn't matter if the leader is Chelsea or another.