Lukaku Stars As Man Utd Move Second  (Sky Sports)

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Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku scored one and set up another as Manchester United came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on Nissan Super Sunday.

The Belgium international scored his first goal against a top-eight club this season with United's equaliser (39), after Willian fired the dominant champions ahead (32).

Lukaku then crossed for substitute Jesse Lingard to head the winner 15 minutes from time.

The victory sees United reclaim second place in the Premier League from Liverpool and open a potentially crucial six-point gap over fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for the top four.

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (6), Valencia (6), Lindelof (6), Smalling (6), Young (6), Pogba (7), Matic (8), McTominay (6), Martial (6), Alexis (6), Lukaku (8).

Subs: Bailly (5), Lingard (7).

Chelsea: Courtois (7), Rudiger (5), Azpilicueta (6), Christensen (5), Moses (6), Alonso (6), Drinkwater (6), Kante (6), Willian (8), Hazard (6), Morata (7).

Subs: Fabregas (5), Pedro (5), Giroud (5).

Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea's positive midweek performance against Barcelona may have been marred by Lionel Messi's away goal but the champions showed no sign of self-pity as they flew out of the traps, the restored Alvaro Morata turning Marcos Alonso's cross onto the bar inside five minutes.

Such was the dominance of the visitors' bright, exuberant start that it took United until the 27th minute to register an effort on goal.

First Lukaku had a shot blocked before, a minute later, Alexis Sanchez's toe poke at the end of flowing counter was comfortably saved by Thibaut Courtois.

But just as it seemed the hosts had found a foothold in the game, Chelsea struck as Willian played a one-two with Eden Hazard and bludgeoned a shot through David de Gea's defences.

It was no more than Chelsea deserved, as was the lead at the break, but United's only moment of quality denied them that as Sanchez and Martial combined at the end of an intricate move to free Lukaku, who slotted the equaliser home from six yards.

Chelsea continued in the second period from where they had left off, though, as Willian released Morata through on goal on 49 minutes, but Chris Smalling, having initially lunged in, recovered to block the Spaniard's shot.

Danny Drinkwater's dipping 20-yard strike drew a fumble from De Gea shortly after, before his counterpart Courtois pulled off a stunning fingertip save to deny Lukaku an acrobatic second on 67 minutes.

But having been denied, Lukaku turned provider, curling a fine cross from the right onto the head of Lingard, who steered his 13th goal of the season beyond Courtois to ensure Jose Mourinho got the better of old foe Antonio Conte.

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Manchester United have won two of their last three matches against Chelsea (L1) - one more than they managed in their previous 14 combined against the Blues (one).Z

Chelsea have lost back-to-back away Premier League matches for the first time since November 2015, when they were managed by Jose Mourinho.

United have lost just one of their last 35 home league matches against the reigning top-flight champions (W20 D14).

Chelsea lost a Premier League match in which they scored first for the first time since last April against Crystal Palace - they had won 22 games consecutively when scoring first before today.

Romelu Lukaku found the net against one of the sides currently occupying the top eight of the Premier League for the first time this season - he had played 10 games without scoring before this match.

Jesse Lingard has scored 13 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season - only Lukaku (22) has scored more.

What's next?

Chelsea travel to Manchester City next week on City on Nissan Super Sunday, while United visit Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football, both live on Sky Sports Premier League.


Manchester United de Gea, Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Martial (Lingard 64), Lukaku, Sanchez (Bailly 81)
Subs Not Used Pereira, Carrick, Shaw, Mata, Rashford
Booked Valencia, Matic
Goals Lukaku 39, Lingard 75

Chelsea Courtois, Moses (Giroud 78), Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger, Kante, Drinkwater (Fabregas 81), Alonso, Willian, Hazard (Pedro 73), Morata
Subs Not Used Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Emerson
Booked Kante, Morata
Goals Willian 32

Attendance 75,060

Referee Martin Atkinson

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