Manchester United enclosed on the Champions League places with triumph over Chelsea as Frank Lampard’s side were left with a way of injustice once contentious video assistant referee choices went against them.
United closed to within three points of Chelsea in fourth place with headed goals either aspect of the interval from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire at Stamford Bridge.
Martial glanced in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross on the stroke of half-time before Manchester United captain Maguire powered in in an exceedingly header from Bruno Fernandes’ corner after sixty six minutes.
Chelsea felt aggrieved as Maguire was fortunate to escape a red card for kicking Michy Batshuayi within the groin in the first half as they tangled on the sideline, despite the incident being examined by var.
And the review system denied them again when Chelsea thought substitute Kurt Zouma had created it 1-1. The goal was ruled out for a push by Cesar Azpilicueta on Brandon Williams, though replays showed United’s Fred place a hand in the back of Chelsea’s captain.
Chelsea’s frustration was complete when Olivier Giroud’s 76th-minute header was ruled out along with his foot in an offside position as he stirred to meet Mason Mount’s free-kick.
Being on the favoured side of the choices helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United to complete their initial league double over Chelsea since 1987.
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