Hazard, Mata & more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea beat Man United

Eden Hazard and Juan Mata both tweet their thoughts after Chelsea edge to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Juan Mata and Eden Hazard both hailed a crucial Blues win Photo: Juan Mata/Instagram

Chelsea took a big step towards securing their place in next season’s Champions League with victory at Manchester United after defender Phil Jones scored a late own goal at Old Trafford.

United fielded an understrength side and struggled to test the visitors, with Juan Mata’s late effort deflected past Anders Lindegaard before Rafael Da Silva earned an 89th-minute red card for kicking out at David Luiz.

Here is the best of the reaction from the professionals, both past and present, after Chelsea’s vital win against the champions.

Arsenal youngster Craig Eastmond (‏@craigleastmond) isn’t enjoying the Old Trafford clash: “This game is boring!”

Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar (‏@Lord_Sugar) agrees – but moments later Chelsea score: “Boring Sunday afternoon of football. Liverpool v Everton 0-0 and ManU v Chelsea looks like the same…”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) appears speechless by Luiz’s play-acting: “Oh my…!!”

West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) doesn’t agree with Howard Webb’s decision: “Tell me he’s not been given a straight red there??? Shocking reaction from #Luiz #disgusting… Ok could be a red.. But that reaction from #Luiz is a disgrace!”

Everton captain Phil Neville (‏@fizzer18) agrees: “David Luiz that’s not clever!!!”

Ex-Wimbledon striker Jason Euell (‏@jasoneuell) is critical of Luiz’s reaction to Rafael’s foul: “What have I just seen from Luiz.. Yes it’s a foul but don’t laugh and then try to milk the injury..”

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) reckons the Blues should appreciate their current boss: “Have Chelsea fans realised that they got one of the best managers in the business?”

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan ‏(@MichaelVaughan) agrees: “Rafa has done a great job at Chelsea… Deserves a lot of respect… Especially from Chelsea fans ..”

England cricket star and Chelsea supporter Kevin Pietersen (‏@kevinpp2448m) is pleased with the refereeing despite his initial scepticism: “Top drawer ref.. Howard Webb you champion! #topman”

Euell (‏@jasoneuell) asks how Arsenal and Spurs supporters are now feeling: “Gooners. Do you want a CFC win on Wednesday or a draw for all three teams fighting for two CL spots?”

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan ‏(@piersmorgan) reckons the Gunners could finish their season without a ‘trophy’: “Damn you, Chelsea. This was our last chance of winning a ‘trophy’. #Arsenal #4thPlaceHopesVanishingFast”

Another former cricketer and Blues man Alec Stewart ‏(@StewieCricket37m) hails Mata: “Get in there! He does it when it Mata’s!! #cfc”

Chelsea playmaker Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) – who missed the game due to a calf strain – is delighted with three points: “Very important win now our focus is on Wednesday. #cfc”

And finally on Instagram, Blues star Juan Mata (juanmatagarcia) is looking forward to a well-earned rest ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge: “What an important victory! Time to rest and get ready for Wednesday! #chelseafc #ktbffh #wecandoit #vamosequipo”

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