Manchester United were 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was sacked in mid-December, but now United trail the Blues by just three points after Chelsea lost 2-0 to Arsenal.
Only three points separate Chelsea from Arsenal and Manchester United who are 5th and 6th respectively.
Former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic who’s now a United player has revealed that confidence has been restored at Old Trafford and insisted the club can succeed in turning it around and compete for a Champions League spot.
“In the Premier League, it’s always hard,” said Matic.
“We will try to give our best to reach the top four until the end of the season.
“The teams in front of us have quality and they will also try to play in the Champions League next season.
“But I’m sure that we have enough qualities to compete with them. We will give our best and we will try to make our supporters happy.”
Chelsea had the opportunity to create a nine point lead ahead of Arsenal, but the Blues now find themselves three points ahead of the Gunners after losing 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri took the media by surprise when he called out his players publicly for their poor performance in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday, and revealed that he was angry with them and also slammed their poor mentality.
“I have to say, I’m extremely angry. Very angry indeed,” Sarri said.
“This defeat was due to our mentality, more than anything else.
“This is something I can’t accept.
“This group of players are extremely difficult to motivate.”