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Chelsea go top with win at Manchester United

Chelsea reclaim pole position in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford today.

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, right, can only watch on as substitute Didier Drogba strikes Chelsea's second. 

(R) to score during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester northern England, April 3, 2010. REUTERS/
Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, right, can only watch on as substitute Didier Drogba strikes Chelsea's second. (R) to score during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester northern England, April 3, 2010. REUTERS/

Chelsea reclaimed pole position in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford today. The hosts went into the clash without the injured Wayne Rooney but with a one-point advantage at the top of the table. But they fell behind in the 20th minute when Joe Cole flicked in Florent Malouda's pull-back. United improved after half-time but found themselves two down with 11 minutes left as substitute Didier Drogba slammed the ball past Edwin van der Sar, although replays showed the striker was clearly offside as he collected Salomon Kalou's pass.

United replacement Federico Macheda pulled one back within two minutes when Petr Cech pushed Nani's cross onto the chest of the youngster ? this time Macheda getting the benefit of the doubt when it looked like he might have handled. Dimitar Berbatov had the best chance to force a draw but his 90th-minute shot was easily saved by Cech. * PA Sport