Manchester United blew the race for the top four wide open with a 2-0 win at Chelsea amid more VAR controversy at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Anthony Martial struck just before half-time and Harry Maguire doubled the visitors’ lead on 66 minutes to send United on their way to victory, as they moved up the table to seventh – just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.
There was yet more VAR controversy in the Premier League encounter, however, and Chelsea will feel aggrieved that Maguire didn’t see red when the game was still goalless after an incident with Michy Batshuayi, while substitute Kurt Zouma was denied an equaliser early in the second half.
More frustation was to come for Chelsea as another substitute, this time Olivier Giroud, appeared to pull a goal back after 77 minutes, but it was ruled out for a fractional offside by VAR.
How United won on a feisty night in west London
Anthony Martial is mobbed by team-mates after putting United ahead at Stamford Bridge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set United up in a 3-4-1-2 to try and stifle Chelsea and play on the counter, but it was the home side that started the brighter. Twice they went close in the first 10 minutes as Reece James and Willian hit shots just wide and over respectively from the edge of the area.
Frank Lampard’s side then lost N’Golo Kante to injury but his replacement Mason Mount set up their best chance of the early proceedings as he broke into the box and squared for Batshuayi on 26 minutes, only for the Belgian striker to fire wide from a great position.
Chelsea’s misses would then prove costly on the stroke of half-time as Martial put United in front with the first shot on target of the game. It was brilliant work from Aaron Wan-Bissaka to beat Willian then tee him up with a perfect cross, and the Frenchman rose in the box before nodding past the helpless Willy Caballero.
Lampard was forced into a second change at…