Man United captain Wayne Rooney: Chelsea had referee Mike Dean on their side

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has accused Chelsea of getting referee Mike Dean on their side during the 1-0 win over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge, putting them 10 points clear at the top of the league.

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Rooney’s side saw a lot of the play in a game they will feel disappointed not to have picked up at least a point, having had 70 per cent possession, and limiting Chelsea to only two shots on target.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be frustrated then that with one of those efforts, the Blues won the game as PFA Player of the Year contender Eden Hazard scored in the first half.

Rooney, though, feels it was his opponent’s management of the referee and game which brought them the result, rather than a good performance.

Quoted in The Express he said, “It was a very good performance. We dominated in terms of possession and chances but we didn’t take any and it has cost us.

“We have dominated the champions in waiting. It was a good performance from the team.

“On another day we would score three or four goals. We knew we had the players who could dominate. We are proud of the performance.

“Chelsea know how to slow the game down and get the referee on their side, which they did today very well. They have won the game so I am sure they are going to be champions.”

Following the result Chelsea look overwhelming favourites to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in five years as they sit 10 points clear at the top of the league, with just six games remaining. Manchester United, on the other hand, remain third and are now 11 points away from the summit, but eight points off dropping out of the top four.

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