Chief League pioneer Chelsea left it late to beat Everton 1-0 on Wednesday and keep up its seven-point advantage over Manchester City as the champions won 4-1 at Stoke.
Willian's 89th-minute victor for Chelsea came a moment after a foul on the midfielder prompted Everton midfielder Gareth Barry being sent off for a brief moment bookable offense.
The triumph dashed City's trusts of shutting the crevice on Chelsea on a night when Sergio Aguero scored twice to end the second-place group's four-diversion winless run.
"We are not contemplating Chelsea," City supervisor Manuel Pellegrini said. "On the off chance that they lose focuses it is beneficial for us however the first thing for our group is to recoup the impression of (being) a great, robust group. That was the target and we did it."
Manchester United stayed five focuses behind neighbor City however rose to third with an unconvincing 3-1 triumph over Burnley.
Southampton dropped to fourth in the wake of being held 0-0 by 10-man West Ham, while Crystal Palace drew 1-1 with chief Alan Pardew's previous club Newcastle. West Bromwich Albion climbed four focuses clear of the transfer zone by beating Swansea 2-0.
At Stamford Bridge, Everton administrator Roberto Martinez was miserable that in the scuffle around Barry's rejection, Chelsea protector Branislav Ivanovic was not sent off for an obvious endeavored head-butt on James McCarthy.
"That shouldn't be permitted," Martinez said. "He gets James McCarthy around his neck in an exceptionally compelling way and afterward he sets his head against him when James McCarthy never responded. On the off chance that you need to be that reasonable with the law, its a red card."
At the same time Mourinho told BT Sport TV: "Did Branislav Ivanovic run in with his head? Don't make me giggle. Don't make me giggle."
It was a more normal night in Stoke, free of contention for City, which rediscovered its scoring structure to end its run of six visits to the Britannia Stadium without a win.
Aguero, who had gone six amusements without an objective, gave City the lead with a low shot in the 33rd moment that was drop by Peter Crouch's header before halftime.
In any case City was widespread after the break, with James Milner heading the guests in front, Aguero netting from the spot after David Silva was fouled and Samir Nasri finishing the triumph.
At Old Trafford, there was an unrealistic scorer, with protector Chris Smalling mesh twice in the wake of supplanting the harmed Phil Jones following five minutes. Smalling scored inside 22 seconds by heading in a corner.
Despite the fact that it was offset by Danny Ings, Smalling restored United's driving by gathering an alternate corner with a header before the break. Robin van Persie scored a late punishment after Angel di Maria was fouled.
Regardless of the win after Sunday's boring 1-1 draw at West Ham, United's players still heard indications of dissatisfactions among its supporters.
"I heard the first shrieks," United director Louis van Gaal said. "That is a worry on the grounds that we are playing for the fans. The fans are the most imperative piece of the club. They keep the club living."
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