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Man United striker Romelu Lukaku expected to be fit for Chelsea game

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Romelu Lukaku had a scan on his injured ankle on Monday, with the hope being that the Manchester United striker should be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 19 May.

The Belgian is expecting the scan results on Tuesday, although the initial diagnosis from the club’s medical department allowed optimism that the problem is minor and Lukaku can recover in time to face Antonio Conte’s team.

Lukaku, 24, is usually a quick healer and as he came off as soon as suffering the problem in the 50th minute of the 2-1 win against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday it was not unduly aggravated.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game: “When a player is injured I’m not immediately going for good or bad news.”

If Lukaku does recover as expected it will be a major boost for the United manager as he aims to claim a third major trophy in two seasons in charge. Lukaku is the club’s top scorer with 27 goals in all competitions, 16 of which have been in the Premier League.

United require four points from their three remaining matches to be sure of a second-place finish, which would a highest since the title win of five years ago.

Marcus Rashford double overcomes Liverpool at Old Trafford

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Marcus Rashford scored twice on his recall to the Manchester United starting XI to give Jose Mourinho’s side the full three points through 1 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils opened the scoring when Romelu Lukaku’s header from David de Gea’s clearance found Rashford charging into the visitors’ box, and the 20-year old cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing into the bottom corner.

Lukaku also contributed to United’s second as he held up the ball from another goal-kick before feeding Juan Mata and, although he could not get a shot away, the ball fell for Rashford to score via a slight deflection from Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool were second best in every department, could have fallen further behind even further when Juan Mata volleyed acrobatically from an Alexis Sanchez cross, although the Spaniard hit it wide.

Jurgen Klopp’s side improved dramatically after the break but even with United defending deep, the visitors cranked up the pressure without ever really opening up their hosts.

Furthermore, it took an own goal for the Reds to reduce the deficit when Eric Bailly turned Sadio Mane’s cross past De Gea while attempting to clear at the near post.

However, Mourinho’s win was marred and criticized as a largely defensive display in which they had just 32% of possession and two shots on target, but Jose Mourinho added that he “doesn’t care” whether people think his Manchester United side deserved the victory.

“It was a complete performance by us with two different halves,” Mourinho said. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care. I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.”

“The second half it was not our intention to be as defensive as we were. Liverpool pushed us back but I don’t remember the chances that needed David de Gea to make the goal safe. I don’t remember a dangerous situation to our goal. It was control by them having the ball and control by us without the ball. I think we deserved the three points.”

Lingard header seals victory for United over Chelsea at Old Trafford

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Manchester United sealed a vital 2-1 victory to move back into second place in the Premier League after substitute Jesse Lingard headed in his team’s winner against top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had fell behind after Willian started and finished a flowing move to give the visitors the lead in the first half, but United pulled level before the break, with striker Romelu Lukaku getting in front of Marcos Alonso to score against his former club for the first time.

Lukaku, facing the club he played for between 2011 and 2014, also had a flying volley superbly saved by Thibaut Courtois, but he registered himself in the game once more as he sets up Lingard to head home with 15 minutes left, after which Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside.

The Blues had also went close to taking the lead at Old Trafford after just four minutes, when Morata ran on to Alonso’s brilliant volleyed cross, but his shot hit the bar.

The defeat left the Blues in fifth place after Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 earlier on Sunday. Their run of just one win in their past four league matches, coupled with Spurs’ 10-game unbeaten streak, means they are out of the Champions League places with 10 games remaining.

Another match focus had been the coaches of both sides: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. Both entered the match after having fallen out because of a war of words earlier in the season, but they were seen shaking hands before and after and shared a smile during the game.

However, Conte, the Chelsea manager admitted that the defending Premier League champions might again finish outside the top four following defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

“This could be our position, for sure,” he said. “In this league to find a place in Champions League is not simple. This is the risk – we must be ready to fight and be ready to understand this, to be concentrated and to understand that this target is an important target for us but it won’t be easy.”

On the other hand, Mourinho celebrated what he described as a crucial victory for his side.

“We start the game with three points difference with Chelsea and we could finish with the same points or six points difference and it was important for us to open that gap a little bit,” he said.

“I’m really happy, we had a great attitude too. We have four fantastic matches at home, Chelsea, Liverpool, Sevilla and Brighton knockout, and it’s a good way to start this run with a crucial victory, it gives us a little more confidence.”

Alvaro Morata header edges Chelsea to victory over United

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Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since September for Chelsea to defeat Manchester United by 1-0 and move the Blues to one point behind the Red Devils in the Premier League.

Morata went unnoticed into the space between United’s centre-halves with Chris Smalling drawn towards Tiemoue Bakayoko’s run, to plant his header beyond a static David de Gea.

In comparison, Romelu Lukaku, Morata’s counterpart at United, was subdued and quiet throughout, and did not have a single touch inside the Chelsea area.

Both United and Chelsea were in a struggle for the Belgian in the summer, with United coming out on top with his signature in a £90m deal after supposedly long-standing interest from his former club Chelsea, while Chelsea coach Antonio Conte insisted he had got the man he wanted all along when he completed a £65m move for Morata.

However, it was Morata who will prove himself in this game by leading Chelsea forward with pace and energy and making the game’s decisive contribution with a towering header after being given far too much space by the United defence.

“It’s an important victory,” Conte said after the game. “When you play against Manchester United it’s always a massive game. We know very well this team is very strong. This type of win is important for our confidence. We showed great desire and passion to win this kind of game.”

“We can win or lose but our spirit must be this. Last season our spirit was in every game — we started this season with a lot of problems. We were up and down. This game showed if we want, we can.”

The defeat summed up another miserable week for United coach Jose Mourinho, whose homecoming at Chelsea was ruined for the third time in a game that follows a goalless draw at Liverpool and a loss to Huddersfield Town. The Portuguese, who was Chelsea manager on two different spells, lost 4-0 against his former club in the Premier League and was inflicted 1-0 defeat in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

Indeed, the visitors had only pressured the hosts after Morata scored for Chelsea, with Marcus Rashford coming close with a snapshot and a free-kick, while substitute Marouane Fellaini forced a save from Thibaut Courtois.