Photos: Chelsea crush Mourinho’s United

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A sad Mourinho greets Chelsea Coach Conte after the mauling was over
A sad Mourinho greets Chelsea Coach Conte after the mauling was over

Chelsea showed no love to their former coach, Jose Mourinho when they ruthlessly crushed Manchester United 4-0.

They moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table, while United languished in the 7th position.

It was a superb display by Mourinho’s former wards as they  spoiled his  return to Stamford Bridge.

Gary Cahill in Cloud 7 after scoring
Gary Cahill and other teammates after the opening goal
Gary Cahill celebrates his own goal
Gary Cahill celebrates his own goal
Hazard  shows boundless joy
Hazard shows boundless joy

The home side had the perfect start when Pedro latched onto a long pass, took the ball around the advancing David De Gea and stroked it home with only 30 seconds on the clock – the fastest Premier League goal of the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed just over from an Antonio Valencia cross soon afterwards but Chelsea doubled their advantage on 21 minutes, defender Gary Cahill firing in when a loose ball from a corner fell into his path.

United started to exert some pressure at the start of the second period, Jesse Lingard’s shot forcing a good save from Thibaut Courtois but Chelsea soon regained control of the contest.

Kante also scored to complete the rout
Kante also scored to complete the rout

Eden Hazard calmly finished into the corner after collecting Nemanja Matic’s crisp pass while N’Golo Kante scored Chelsea’s fourth, and his first for the Blues, when he drifted through the United defence and slotted home with 20 minutes to go.

Courtois ensured his side kept a clean sheet when produced two good saves late on from Ibrahimovic and substitute Marcos Rojo.

For the match,  Mourinho only  made one change to the side that drew at Liverpool.

Jesse Lingard, who scored a stunning goal in this fixture last season, came in for Ashley Young in attack, with Mourinho sticking with the other 10 who began the 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Chris Smalling who  recovered from the knock he picked up in the 4-1 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday which forced him off at half-time, fellow defenders Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia were back in the starting line-up, as was  midfielder Ander Herrera, after the trio were rested for the Europa League match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic led United’s attack,  with support from Paul Pogba, Lingard and Marcus Rashford. Wayne Rooney did not feature.

 

*From www.premierleague.com


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