Chelsea beat Manchester United 2-1 to keep the title race open

Chelsea beat Manchester United 2-1 thanks to two Michael Ballack goals at Stamford Bridge to keep the Premier League title race open. While United are still odds on favourites to be crowned champions, thanks to their superior goal difference, it's going to be one of the tightest run-ins for years. United have West Ham United at home and Wigan Athletic away with Chelsea up against Newcastle at St James' Park before hosting Bolton at the Bridge.

Alex Ferguson chose to rest Tevez and Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final with Barcelona, and his decision backfired. United were made to look second best in a game which may have finally convinced Chelsea fans to take Avram Grant to their hearts. There was even a cameo for the forgotten man Shevchenko, who cleared a Darren Fletcher header off the line.

Ballack had put Chelsea ahead in the first half before Wayne Rooney capitalized on a Carvalho mistake to equalize. But Carrick handled the ball in the box to give away a penalty (the first awarded against United all season!) which Ballack slotted away to secure the three points for the Blues.

Two weeks ago it seemed that Manchester United couldn't put a foot wrong, with their names already being engraved on both the Premier League and Champions League trophies. But there is still the possibility that they could finish the season empty-handed and the nerves were there for all to see on Saturday.

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