Sports News Sun, 25 Feb 2018

Manchester United fans react to win over Chelsea

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Some fans of Manchester United were in a state of perfect happiness while their rivals, Chelsea, were downhearted after Jesse Lingard caused Old Trafford to reverberate with noise after his 75th-minute header sealed a win that took Manchester United back into second place ahead of Liverpool.

The creator was Romelu Lukaku, his neat cross finding the substitute, after the No 9’s first goal for United against top-six opposition had cancelled out Willian’s opener.

There were mixed reactions from fans of the clubs who assembled at Citi 97.3 FM's (#CitiSports) English Premier League Roadshow (#EPLRoadshow) at Bosphorus Restaurant in Labone to witness the match.

The Red Devils had to come from behind after Willian started and finished a flowing move to give the visitors the lead in the first half.

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.

José Mourinho praised a fine display from his centre-forward. “He played fantastically well, he had, in my opinion, the same start as the team, the team didn’t start well, and it happened to him, he was losing some balls in the first control. He was a little bit lost but then he went together with the team – improving, improving.”

Defeat leaves the Blues in fifth place after Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 earlier on Sunday.

A 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.

Chelsea 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.

Lukaku, facing the club he played for between 2011 and 2014, also had a flying volley superbly saved by Thibaut Courtois.

The supporters of both teams could not hide their joy and disappointments when they spoke to Ghanaweb shortly after the game.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com