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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea: Manchester United were held to a draining 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford

Chelsea strengthened their hold on a top-four place after coming from behind to secure a draw at Manchester United.

Juan Mata gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hosts a promising start, scoring an 11th-minute opener after a sharp passing move down the left flank and a pull-back from Luke Shaw.

But Chelsea equalised just before half-time, with Marcos Alonso pouncing when goalkeeper David De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s long-range effort.

Both sides had a chance in stoppage time, with Pedro clearing Marcos Rojo’s header off the line and De Gea denying Gonzalo Higuain, but the points were shared.

It means none of the four contenders for the final two UEFA Champions League places have won this weekend, after Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham United and Arsenal’s 3-0 loss at Leicester City.

Chelsea stay fourth with two matches to play, moving two points behind third-placed Spurs and two points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.

Man Utd remains sixth, three points outside the top four but now only one behind Arsenal.

Match Details

Manchester United: De Gea, Young (C), Lindelof, Bailly (Rojo 71), Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mata (McTominay 81), Lukaku, Rashford (Alexis 65).

Subs not used: Romero, Martial, Andreas, Darmian.

Scorer: Mata (11).

Bookings: Herrera, Rojo, Young.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Christensen 65), Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek,76), Willian (Pedro, 84), Higuain, Hazard.

Subs not used: Caballero, Barkley, Giroud, Zappacosta..

Scorer: Alonso (43).

Bookings: Willian, Kovacic.

Attendance: 74,526

What Next For Manchester United ?

Manchester United will continue race to top four as they will travel down to John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield to lock horns with Huddersfield Town on Sunday, May 5.

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