1. Hazard is a player for the big stage
If anyone else wins the Player of the Year award, it would be a travesty. Does he still count as young? If so, he should win Young Player of the Year too. A wonderfully talented player and the one man Chelsea wanted their first clear-cut chance of the game to fall to – and he didn’t disappoint. Not just today but all season, Hazard has been the standout player in the Premier League’s standout team.
2. Chelsea have won the title
Defeat would have given Arsenal, and maybe even United themselves, a glimmer of hope of snatching the Premier League title away from Chelsea. But this result has nipped those thoughts in the bud. Chelsea are striding towards a first Premier League title in Jose Mourinho’s second spell – and there can be no doubt that they deserve it.
3. This was a reality check for United
Going for their seventh consecutive Premier League win, United were understandably in high spirits ahead of this game. But Jose Mourinho’s home record speaks for itself and, while United could yet clinch a commendable second place in the league, they are still some way off challenging the boys in blue.
4. Another bad day at the office for Falcao
A late chance where he drifted past Kurt Zouma but could only hit the post summed up a rather miserable afternoon for Falcao, of which there have been a few too many in a Manchester United shirt. Nudged off the ball too easily by John Terry in the build-up to the goal, Falcao played far too deep to make an impression. His days at Old Trafford are surely numbered.
5. Mata is still a Chelsea hero
Compared with his recent displays, Mata was unable to exert the kind of influence and goalscoring aptitude that has coincided with United’s upturn in form. Carrick’s absence in midfield meant Mata had to get his hands dirty in midfield a little more than he’d have liked and he wasn’t able to haunt Chelsea. But the Spaniard was applauded off the field by all corners of the field, with Mata still a firm Blues favourite.
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