Chelsea are just two wins from regaining their first Barclays Premier League title since 2010, as Eden Hazard’s goal in the 38th minute of the game on Saturday gave them the 1-0 edge over Manchester United. The Blues earned vital three points and wins at Arsenal and Leicester City in their forthcoming games will ensure that the title returns to Stanford Bridge. The winning goal is the 12th goal of the season for the Belgian striker, who is also the PFA Player of the Year nominee.

The Red Devils commenced the game confidently and on the front foot, although their boss Louis van Gaal had to rearrange his starting XI, as several of his key players were injured and in-form Wayne Rooney was moved into a central mid-field position. The visitors could have taken an early lead, after Rooney’s strike in the fourth minute, but the ball finished inches wide; there were a few confusing moments thereafter, as United fans and their keeper David de Gea celebrated a “goal”, until they realised that, unfortunately, the ball was placed outside the net.

Then, seven minutes before the interval, the Londoners took their chance, when Hazard came out of the blue and slotted the ball through De Gea’s legs. They could have doubled the lead early in the second-half, when Didier Drogba’s shot went over United’s goalkeeper; this was followed by a karate-kick style effort by Hazard, from a near-impossible angle, which then hit the crossbar.

When the final whistle came, Chelsea players celebrated passionately in front of their fans, acknowledging the importance of the victory that stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions; the win put them very close to their Premier League title. However, many Football puritans would argue over Chelsea's recent form, and their predictable and rather boring style of play.

As for Manchester United, the defeat ended their hope for a seventh successive Premier League victory, but their improvement is visible, as they now look very different to the side that struggled earlier on in the season, especially with the recent spectacular 4-2 win against Manchester City.

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