Chelsea deservedly thrashed Manchester United 4 goals to nothing at Stamford Bridge today, as the Blues ensured Jose Mourinho endured a nightmare return to his old home.
United had come into the game in reasonably good stead, having beaten Fenerbahce 4-0 on Thursday night, but they were beaten comprehensively.
But Midway through the first-half it was two already and effectively game over with more defensive chaos from United.
Kanté won a corner, proving too strong for Blind ,and when the kick came in from Hazard the ball flew over Fellaini and Matic, struck Antonio Valencia and then hit Ander Herrera before dropping to Gary Cahill whose half-volley ricocheted off Blind and into the net.
Fellaini was hooked at half-time and on came Juan Mata. United had racked up a couple of chances, Zlatan Ibrahimovic should have done better with a header and there was a fine double save from Thibaut Courtois who denied first Herrera and then blocked Jesse Lingard’s follow-up before he thwarted Lingard again but Chelsea could have added to their advantage before they did eventually claim a third goal.
That, again, owed much to United’s defensive frailty with Hazard toying with Mata before sending the ball inside to Kanté who found Matic whose first-time pass picked out Hazard. Mata failed to track him, Smalling stood off and Hazard curled a wonderful low shot beyond De Gea.
It only got worse for United as Kanté collected the ball, Pogba failed to respond and then barely attempted a challenge as the midfielder easily cut back to simply beat Smalling, once more beaten –with the space opening up for him to then send a shot back across De Gea and into the corner of the goal.
It provoked a chorus of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” from some Chelsea supporters aimed at Mourinho but it was quickly drowned out by a warmer chanting of the former manager’s name.
Of all Manchester United woes, at least we now know that Wayne Rooney is not the problem – he wasn’t even the squad today, and the team performance was worse than ever.