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Chelsea take huge step in top four race at Old Trafford

Chelsea secured a key Premier League point at Old Trafford as David de Gea's error cost Manchester United on Sunday.

United's three-game run without a goal was ended 11 minutes into the clash as Juan Mata scored on his 31st birthday but another goalkeeping mistake from De Gea allowed Marcos Alonso to equalise two minutes before half-time and the game ended 1-1.

Antonio Rudiger's speculative 35-yard shot was Chelsea's first effort on target and it should have been comfortable for De Gea but the Spaniard spilled the ball at Alonso's feet and he guided it in off the far post.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had given a firm rebuttal on Friday to suggestions he could take De Gea out of the firing line after a costly mistake against Manchester City on Wednesday and he will be faced with the same question again.

The draw means United remain three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with only two games to go and with a substantially inferior goal difference.

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