Jose Mourinho got the better of his old side as Manchester United slowed Chelsea’s title charge with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Mourinho’s United a deserved and unexpectedly comfortable victory to leave the Blues just four points clear of Tottenham at the top of the Premier League.
The result also gave United’s hopes of finishing in the top four a lift and makes the title race at least fractionally less finished.
The on-field action was engrossing at Old Trafford so do not worry if you missed the game’s finer details, Sportsmail has you covered.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Manchester United a deserved victory
Jose Mourinho got the better of his old side as United slowed down Chelsea’s title charge
Armband merry-go-round for United
The United captaincy used to be a position of status in English football. Throughout history great names have held the title: Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane and you could probably even include Nemanja Vidic in that list.
In the last two Premier Leagues the armband has been taken by Marouane Fellaini and now Ashley Young. Even if they are becoming increasingly appreciated for the selfless work ethic by United fans they are not many people’s idea of Old Trafford captaincy material.
Having led the side last weekend at Sunderland what did Fellaini do wrong to see Young take over?
Against Chelsea, Ashley Young was the latest recipient of the Manchester United captaincy
The Rojo vs Costa race to the bottom continues
In the FA Cup clash between United and Chelsea last month Marcos Rojo played chief agitator and was involved in a running battle Diego Costa throughout.
At Old Trafford they resumed hostilities again.
After Costa’s aerial challenge Eric Bailly pushed perilously close to a face-first meeting with the post Rojo squared up to the forward.
The two tangled later on the first half as they fell turf-wards after another headed duel. Rojo and Costa both appeared to lay sly digs on each other and reacted in equally embarrassing fashion. Unsurprisingly both ended the game in the book.
Less Rumble in the Jungle, more Zippy and Bungle (ask your parents).
Marcos Rojo and Diego Costa continued their running battle that started last month
In one first-half coming together some sly digs were met with equally embarrassing reactions
I thought Italians were meant to be stylish?
Chelsea’s official tailors Hackett probably did not have Antonio Conte’s chosen accessory in mind when they designed their latest club suit.
It was not exactly blinding sun but Conte paired his smart suit and button up, almost certainly tailored and probably worth a few hundred quid, with a £13 adidas cap.
The 140-character brigade on Twitter certainly did not hold back:
Antonio Conte’s and his hat were on one-man mission to kill the ‘Italians are stylish’ trope
This is not acceptable
Where do you even start? Just look at it…
United fans go to extreme lengths to support their team/make sure they get their photo taken
Phil Neville and his loosely connected gang of football friends
Kurt Zouma’s laboured stepovers had Gary Neville making light-hearted comparisons to brother Phil’s slow-mo footwork and the Sky cameras picking out the younger brother in the Old Trafford stands.
To say Phil was in varied company would be to undersell his collection of companions.
Graeme Le Seaux, Robbie Earle, Andy Townsend, Frank Lebouf, Mark Schwarzer and Mikael Silvestre could be an ITV2 major tournament highlight show B Team.
Townsend must have been delighted to be in and around people who are still on TV occasionally though.
To say Phil Neville was in varied company would be to undersell his collection of companions
Judas is still No 1
With the win over his former club Jose Mourinho has now recorded at least one league victory versus all 34 Premier League opponents that he’s faced as a manager.
Jose Mourinho has now recorded at least one league victory over all of his 34 opponents