Chelsea move a step closer to the top four with Old Trafford victory

Chelsea reclaimed third position in the Premier League after Juan Mata’s late deflected strike secured all three points against champions Manchester United.

The Blues finished the game with a man advantage after Rafael was sent off shortly after the decisive goal for kicking out at David Luiz.

The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evenings crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur, where another three points will all but secure a top four finish for the European Champions.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are thought to have entered the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich and Manchester United are also battling for Poland international’s signature, though with Dortmund reportedly interested in out of favour Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the Blues could have the edge in any negotiations.

De Bruyne, who is currently on loan with Werder Bemen, scored his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim.

Elsewhere, Monaco are the latest club though to be interested in signing Frank Lampard.

The 34 year old, who is just a goal away from becoming Chelsea’s joint all-time top scorer, is yet to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and the Sunday Mirror have reported that he could link up with former manager Claudio Ranieri, who signed him from West Ham United back in 2001.