The performance also bodes well for the remainder of the season, with fifth-placed United four points behind their nearest rivals but boasting at least a game in hand on all of them.
Conte admitted United showed more determination in the match, but he also blamed himself for the defeat.
Tottenham's hopes of winning the EPL were revived by Chelsea's defeat.
The Spaniard was replaced by Kurt Zouma in Antonio Conte's three-man defence with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to the left wing-back position, and Chelsea's poor showing without Alonso indicates to ex-United captain Neville that the West London outfit require some signings at season's. He detailed Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian to man-mark Chelsea forwards Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez, made the bold call to start Marcus Rashford ahead of top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and played two youngsters - Rashford and winger Jesse Lingard - up front in a surprise move.
April. 17 (ANI): Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that his side deserved to lose their Premier League clash against Manchester United as the latter "showed more desire, more ambition and more motivation".
Neville added: "United had six or seven players missing, Liverpool had Lallana, Henderson, Mane out so every team misses players".
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A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho ensured the path to the English Premier League title will no longer be a procession for his former club, Chelsea.
"With Liverpool and Manchester City victories, if we don't win then goodbye Premier League", Mourinho said.
"Not so at Old Trafford, where there were three massive points at stake. I don't think a lot of people expected it but we did". "I want to finish higher than that", Young told British media.
"His deflected second-half goal, which gave keeper Asmir Begovic no chance, was the final body blow for Chelsea - there was no way back for the Blues after that".
"Thibaut Courtois for sure is one of the best goalkeepers in the world but we trust a lot in Begovic".