London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted defeat in the Premier League title race after his side slumped to a shock 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Saturday.
A second-half own goal by Chelsea captain John Terry settled the game, condemning the leaders to a second defeat in three games and leaving them at risk of being overtaken by both Liverpool and Manchester City.
City, who have three games in hand, could move above Chelsea on goal difference if they win at Arsenal later on Saturday, while Liverpool can climb above Mourinho's men by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. “We depend too much on other results,” Mourinho said.
Manchester Utd win
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United to come from behind and beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Saturday in a game marked by fresh protests against United manager David Moyes.
However, Rooney scored twice before half-time, with Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez adding further goals as the under-performing champions provisionally moved to within nine points of the Premier League’s top four.
There were fewer than two minutes on the clock on a sunny afternoon in Manchester when the plane, chartered by a group of disgruntled fans, made its appearance, trailing a banner that read: ‘WRONG ONE - MOYES OUT’.
It was a response to the pro-Moyes ‘THE CHOSEN ONE’ banner that has adorned the Stretford End since the beginning of the season, but the man himself received a warm reception when he emerged before kick-off.