Manchester United failed to keep up with rivals Manchester City after being held to a 0-0 draw by a resilient Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.
The Red Devils remain second in the Premier League table, but they are now 12 points behind neighbours City after their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday’s draw leaves Chelsea just a point outside the top four, with the Hammers clinging on to the final Champions League spot.
United’s unbeaten run on their travels was extended to 20 matches, but they failed to find a way past Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.
Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes brought the best out of the Senegalese, while Fred came within inches of finding the top corner in the second half.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also had a penalty appeal turned down for handball against Callum Hudson-Odoi, while David de Gea denied Hakim Ziyech to ensure the points were shared.
The Blues are now unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions, and boss Thomas Tuchel says he was happy with the performance.
He told Sky Sports: “It was a high-quality game between two very strong teams. We suffered in the first half, but overall, it was an even game. In the second half, I thought we were really strong.
“I thought we were closer to winning it, but there was a lot of quality on the pitch. Performance-wise I’m satisfied.”We take what we got. I’m absolutely happy. Against a team like Man United, you don’t get many chances.”
Both teams are back in action in midweek, with United travelling to Selhurst Park to tackle Crystal Palace (Match Betting – Palace 6/1, draw 7/2, United 1/2), while Chelsea are away at Liverpool on Thursday (Match Betting – Liverpool 13/10, Draw 13/5, Chelsea 2/1).
Earlier in the day, Gareth Bale inspired Tottenham as he scored a brace to help Spurs beat Burnley 4-0.
The Wales international netted either side of half-time, while Harry Kane and Lucas Moura also fired home in the first half to leave the Clarets within touching distance of the bottom three.
Fulham moved to within five points of the Clarets after securing a 0-0 draw away at Crystal Palace.
The Cottagers produced another dominant and confident display but failed to find a way through against the Eagles.
Leicester’s hopes of finishing in the top two were dealt a blow as they failed to build on an early goal before losing 3-1 to Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.
Foxes ace Youri Tielemans only needed six minutes to open the scoring, but David Luiz levelled on 39 minutes. Alexandre Lacazette then scored a penalty in first-half stoppage time, while Nicolas Pepe wrapped up the win seven minutes into the second half.
The defeat was made worse by an injury to Harvey Barnes, with boss Brendan Rodgers confirming the winger will miss at least the next six weeks after sustaining a knee injury.