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Six surprising stats that sum up Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Chelsea

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Manchester United recorded a 2-0 victory over Chelsea to keep their hopes of clinching a top four spot alive.

However, this result has dented the Blues’ march towards the Premier League title. Antonio Conte’s side have now suffered a second defeat in their last four games and are just four points clear of rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table.

The first-half was dominated by the hosts. Perhaps motivated by their two defeats at Stamford Bridge this season, they started the game in a determined mood and took the lead thanks to Marcus Rashford – who started instead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It got worse for the league leaders just three minutes into the second half as some uncharacteristic defending from N’Golo Kante saw the ball break to Ander Herrera and his effort took a wicked deflection before ending up in the net.

That proved to be the final goal of the game as Mourinho was able to exact a spot of revenge against his former club and United will go into their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht next week full of confidence.

With an important three points in the bag, there were a few surprising stats that were racked up in Manchester United’s victory over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Eden Hazard didn’t complete a single take-on. Followed by Ander and nullified.

Much of the pre-game talk surrounded how United were going to cope with the threat of the Blues’ Player of the Season so far in Eden Hazard. The answer was plain and simple. Ander Herrera. With instructions to man-mark Hazard, the Spaniard carried out those orders to a tee.

He stuck to the Belgian like glue and followed the winger everywhere he went – apart from a couple of occasions when he opted to intercept a pass to feed Rashford for the opener and score himself in the second half – and his attention to detail saw Hazard nullified as he failed to complete a single take-on.

 

Chelsea didn’t have a single shot on target.

Arguably the statistic that will wPASS MAP: In the 90th minute Chelsea had failed to complete a single pass inside Man Utd’s penalty area

90 minutes. 2-0 down. Gap at the top of the table being cut, yet the Blues hadn’t completed a single pass inside Manchester United penalty area as the likes of Hazard, Pedro and Costa were far too quiet.

His side was ineffective going forward and that is summed up by the fact that they failed to record a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes – meaning David de Gea was virtually a spectator. Not the performance of potential champions.

Heat map: Jesse Lingard ran his socks off.

Mourinho decided to hit his former club with pace. Lingard and Rashford started and tormented the Blues’ backline as David Luiz, Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill rarely had a moments piece because of the fear of runs in behind as well as their ability to carry the ball at speed.

In Lingard’s case, he was everywhere this afternoon. Putting in a shift that should prove he’s worthy of his new contract.

Diego Costa completed more passes from kick-off (3) than he had shots (1)

Make no mistake about it, Costa has been well below-par over the past few weeks and the fact he completed more passes from kick-off than he had shots pretty much sums up his form since that move to China fell through.

Marcus Rashford’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea:

Man-of-the-match. Rashford’s selection ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic raised eyebrows before kick-off but it proved to be a very wise decision by the Portuguese tactician.

Clearly boosted by netting against Sunderland last weekend, it felt like the Rashford of last season against Chelsea this afternoon. He was a constant threat up front for United, taking his goal with ease, completing three take-ons and winning all of his attempted take-ons.

PASS MAP: In the 90th minute Chelsea had failed to complete a single pass inside Man Utd’s penalty area

90 minutes. 2-0 down. Gap at the top of the table being cut, yet the Blues hadn’t completed a single pass inside Manchester United penalty area as the likes of Hazard, Pedro and Costa were far too quiet.

 

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