Premier League: Lukaku inspires Man Utd fightback to beat Chelsea
ENGLAND: Romelu Lukaku broke his barren run in opposition to prime six Premier League opposition and offered the winner for Jesse Lingard as Manchester United got here from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Outdated Trafford.
Victory in opposition to his former membership was notably candy for Jose Mourinho as he acquired one over on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, however extra importantly strikes United again above Liverpool into second place within the Premier League.
Defeat allied to Tottenham Hotspur`s late win earlier within the day at Crystal Palace sees Chelsea slip to fifth.
The guests loved the higher of the primary interval however didn’t construct on Willian`s 32nd-minute opener.
Lukaku levelled seven minutes later from shut vary after which crossed for substitute Lingard to move house as a ruthless United took full benefit of their restricted probabilities.
The spectre of one other fiery conflict between Mourinho and Conte, who’ve publicly bickered in latest months, hogged the headlines earlier than kick-off, however there was a peace providing when the pair shook arms earlier than the motion acquired underway.
Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba to his beginning XI after dropping the £89 million (100 million euros, $124 million) midfielder for Wednesday`s stalemate at Sevilla within the Champions League.
However it was certainly one of Conte`s two adjustments from his aspect`s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in midweek who practically made a right away influence.
Alvaro Morata began for the primary time in six weeks, however noticed his side-footed volley from Marcos Alonso`s pushed cross come again off the bar simply 4 minutes in.
Chelsea dominated possession within the opening quarter, however very like they did to Barcelona on Tuesday with restricted time on the ball, United restricted them to few different clear-cut probabilities.
United had provided little going ahead themselves till Anthony Martial`s low cross picked out Alexis Sanchez inside the realm.
Nonetheless, the Chilean continues to be ready for his first huge second since becoming a member of United final month as he poked the ball tamely into the arms of Thibaut Courtois.Moments later, the hosts had been caught by a blistering Chelsea counter-attack to open the scoring.
Willian picked up the ball simply exterior his personal space and drove by way of the United midfield earlier than exchanging passes with Eden Hazard.
The Brazilian then unleashed a shot too highly effective even for David de Gea to register his fourth aim in three video games.
The lead lasted simply seven minutes, although, as for the primary time in a United shirt, Lukaku netted in opposition to certainly one of their prime six rivals — on the seventh time of asking.
Sanchez fed Martial and his intelligent reverse move was slotted house by Lukaku to muted celebrations in opposition to his former membership.
Lukaku practically had a spectacular second 22 minutes from time when he caught a Sanchez cross flush with an acrobatic volley, solely to be denied by a finger tip save from Courtois.
Nonetheless, the Belgian did make a decisive contribution when he dropped deep and his in-swinging cross was met by a wonderfully timed run by Lingard.
Conte had surprisingly eliminated Hazard simply earlier than conceding and that call appeared all of the extra puzzling as Chelsea searched in useless for an equaliser.
Willian noticed one other effort smothered by De Gea on the second try at his close to publish as United held out for only a second win over Chelsea in 15 conferences.