Manchester UnitedÂ closed ground on theÂ Champions LeagueÂ places as Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire struck to claim a vital 2-0 win overÂ Chelsea, who were twice denied by VAR.
Despite heading into Monday's meeting at Stamford Bride having taken just fourÂ points in 2020, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side moved to within a win of their opponents as they completed a Premier League double over Chelsea for the first time.
Martial continued his excellent form against Chelsea to get United off the mark, with the Blues denied an equaliser through Kurt Zouma by the video review system.
United made their luckÂ count in the 66th minute with captain Maguire â€“ who was perhaps fortunate to be on the pitch after an earlier clash with Michy Batshuayi â€“ heading in Bruno Fernandes' corner and United held firm to secure valuable points after Olivier Giroud also saw a goal disallowed.
ChelseaÂ were inches away from taking a sixth-minute lead when Reece James lashedÂ wide, butÂ Frank Lampard's side were dealt a blow when N'Golo Kante was forced off through injury in the 12th minute.
Maguire was luckyÂ to go unpunished forÂ kicking out at Batshuayi, who subsequently squandered a brilliant chance after terrificÂ work from Mason Mount.
Yet for all of Chelsea's threat, it was United who had the lead when Martial headed in Aaron Wan-Bissaka's excellent cross.
Chelsea thought they had equalisedÂ when KurtÂ Zouma tucked homeÂ from a corner, only for VAR to disallow the goal for Cesar Azpilicueta's push on Brandon Williams, andÂ after Fernandes had struck the woodwork with a superb free-kick, Chelsea's frustrations were compounded as Maguire headed beyond Willy Caballero.
Giroud's header seemed to have set up a grandstand finish, but VAR again came to United's rescue. Mount then hit the post as the Blues' efforts proved fruitless, with Caballero preventing substitute Odion Ighalo netting a debut goal in stoppage time.