Chelsea give Mourinho the Blues

Chelsea put Manchester United to the sword with a convincing 4-0 win on Sunday to inflict Jose Mourinho's heaviest defeat in the Premier League on his return to Stamford Bridge.

  • Chelsea 4 Manchester United 0
  • Pedro scores fastest goal of season
  • Cahill volley extends Blues' lead
  • Hazard makes it three after break
  • Kante seals comprehensive victory

Match Summary

Things got off to the worst possible start for the former Blues boss when his side conceded the fastest goal in the top flight this season as Pedro pounced on miscommunication from United's defence to open the scoring after 30 seconds.

Gary Cahill doubled the lead for Antonio Conte's men midway through the first half, with good second-half goals from Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante rounding off a miserable day for Mourinho and the Red Devils.

Full Report

The Blues couldn't have asked for a better start as they took the lead after just 30 seconds. Pedro capitalised on hesitancy at the back for United from Marcos Alonso's through-ball to nip in between Chris Smalling and David De Gea to slot into an open goal from 14 yards out.

The visitors looked to respond but Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to keep his header down from Antonio Valencia's inch-perfect cross from the right on seven minutes.

The result was the same at the other end three minutes later when Hazard got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta's cross, and the Belgian star was a fraction away from making it 2-0 on 14 minutes with a first-time strike from just inside the box following a short corner.

But their second goal did arrived shortly afterwards as Cahill volleyed home from six yards out after Ander Herrera diverted a corner into his path on 21 minutes.

Thibaut Courtois was called into action for the first time on 28 minutes as he made a double save to deny first Herrera from range and then Jesse Lingard from a narrow angle on the follow-up.

The west Londoners were controlling proceedings for much of the first half, although Marcus Rashford almost pulled one back for the Red Devils on the stroke of half-time with a first-time shot from Valencia's cross that went over the crossbar.

Courtois pulled off another fine save to keep out Lingard's firm shot from 20 yards out 13 minutes into the second half, but Hazard struck at the other end four minutes later to put the result beyond doubt.

The winger scored a trademark goal as he carried the ball into the area from the left and picked out the bottom right corner of the net with a low finish from 12 yards out.

Kante's 70th-minute goal was even better as he was played in by Hazard before running into the area unopposed and beating De Gea with ease from 14 yards out. 

Ibrahimovic sent an acrobatic volley over the bar from Daley Blind's free-kick on 73 minutes, while Diego Costa forced De Gea into a low save with his strike from inside the area on the left moments later at the other end.

The Swede showed great control to chest down Juan Mata's cross on 81 minutes before firing off a snapshot on the turn that was smartly saved by Courtois, who denied Marcos Rojo with an even better stop at the death to preserve his clean sheet and a momentous win on an important occasion for the hosts, who tragically lost vice-chairman Matthew Harding 20 years ago on the day.