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Chelsea v Manchester United - Story of the match

Alvaro Morata ended a six-match scoreless streak with a decisive header as Chelsea claimed a morale-boosting 1-0 Premier League win over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Morata, a United target last summer, found space to head in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross as Chelsea remained nine points behind Manchester City, who second-placed United now trail by eight.

Mourinho's United side have lost on all three visits to Stamford Bridge and the win gave Conte a welcome boost after the chastening loss at Roma.

Tweet of the match

"Perfect header @AlvaroMorata" - Michael Ballack (@Ballack) salutes Chelsea match-winner Morata.

Star man

N'Golo Kante. Returned from a six-match absence with a hamstring injury and Chelsea were immediately a different team.

Moment of the match

Morata's goal. The striker found space and headed into the top corner to show why his signing was such a coup for Chelsea, who had appeared to favour Romelu Lukaku.

Data point

Five - Cesar Azpilicueta has provided the assist for five of Morata's goals this season.

Player ratings


Thibaut Courtois: 7 (out of 10)

Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

Andreas Christensen: 7

Gary Cahill: 7

Davide Zappacosta: 6

N'Golo Kante: 8

Tiemoue Bakayoko: 6

Marcos Alonso: 6

Alvaro Morata: 8

Cesc Fabregas: 7

Eden Hazard: 6


Antonio Rudiger (for Zappacosta, 66 minutes): 6

Danny Drinkwater (for Fabregas, 79): 6

Willian (for Hazard, 87): 6

Manchester United

David De Gea: 7

Eric Bailly: 6

Phil Jones: 5

Chris Smalling: 6

Antonio Valencia: 6

Nemanja Matic: 6

Ander Herrera: 6

Ashley Young: 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 5

Marcus Rashford: 5

Romelu Lukaku: 5


Anthony Martial (for Mkhitaryan, 62): 6

Marouane Fellaini (for Jones, 62): 5

Jesse Lingard (for Young, 78): 6

Who's up next?

West Brom v Chelsea (Premier League, November 18)

Manchester United v Newcastle (Premier League, November 18)


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