English Premier League : United stuns Chelsea; Reds climb to third with victory

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A wet, cold Manchester afternoon was the setting for United to end a run of 12 games without victory against Chelsea, stretching back to a 3-2 away win in October 2012.

Conte said: "We didn't play a good game and United deserved to win the game. In this case the fault is of the coach." the Italian explained.

The top two will now meet at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend in what would be a significant test of Chelsea's mettle.

That result, coupled with Tottenham's 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Saturday, has increased anticipation of a thrilling title run-in over the final six matches of the season, and Conte says both teams now have an equal opportunity to become champions.

Chelsea suffered their fifth defeat of the season to Mourinho's side, putting them four points clear of Tottenham.

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"That game was totally controlled when we played with 11 players, and only the decision that made us play with 10 players gave Chelsea a chance to be dominant. When they had the ball, we were compact and when they tried to play counter-attack, we were always in control of these two link positions". I prefer to play for the title instead of "don't fight for the title and stay calm". For me if we were able to reach this target it would be a miracle.

"Chelsea didn't turn up and where was Conte today?" he asked.

The Liverpool legend said: "No, I don't think it is".

"It was a special game, an important one, and despite being in the stands I enjoyed the great atmosphere at Old Trafford and my team-mates' great performance".

In fielding an unorthodox 3-5-2 system and charging two players with man-marking jobs, Mourinho showed his famed tactical acumen has not deserted him - and blew the Premier League title race wide open.

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They had the ball, but they were playing very risky, leaving a lot of space behind. I thought we played well today, the lads deserve great credit for coming back.

"We gave them double problems".

Victory also lifted United to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has a game in hand, ahead of the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 27. "We can be very happy".

"I think we need a little bit more quality and different qualities in some positions for next the season to make the squad stronger but in terms of character and the human side of the group, I have one of the best groups ever".

"But it's a great feeling to know that it's hard for us to lose a match, people fight until the end".

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