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Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Chelsea beat Manchester United
Pedro scored Chelsea's opener with his first shot on target this season

Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Chelsea as his former club blew away his Manchester United side at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who sacked Mourinho for a second time last year, led after just 30 seconds when Pedro capitalised on slack defending to roll in.

Gary Cahill smashed in the second after United allowed Eden Hazard's corner to bounce in their box.

United offered little sign of making a comeback, falling further behind when Hazard drilled in a precise 15-yard strike.

N'Golo Kante skipped around a static defence to slot in and seal victory as Chelsea moved within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The comprehensive win lifted the Blues above Tottenham into fourth, with just one point separating the top five.

United stay seventh as the gap between them and the early pacesetters widens to six points, with almost a quarter of the season gone.

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Relive how Chelsea ruined Mourinho's return

'You're not special anymore!'

Mourinho was making his first return to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked in December 2015, leaving when the defending champions were 16th in the Premier League.

The Portuguese boss said before the match he was unsure - and also unconcerned - about the reception he would be given by the home fans.

Unsurprisingly, for a man who delivered seven trophies in his two spells at the club, it turned out to be largely positive.

Hundreds gathered to greet Mourinho as he walked off the United team bus, while he received a warm embrace from former skipper John Terry before kick-off.

That is where the Blues' hospitality ended. Instead, it was his United team who provided the generosity.

And the home fans could not resist a cheeky dig at their former boss - chanting "you're not special anymore" to the self-proclaimed Special One.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho (top right) was the focus of attention as he arrived at Stamford Bridge

United exposed by defensive horror show

Mourinho said before the game he would not "celebrate like a crazy kid" if his new team scored at Stamford Bridge.

Unfortunately for him, there was little sign of that resolve being put to the test as Chelsea capitalised on his side's defensive deficiencies.

United were ragged at the back, ripped open by Pedro's opener without even having a touch and left flapping from then on.

And the severity of the scoreline was emphasised by some startling statistics:

  • It was the heaviest defeat for Jose Mourinho in all competitions since Real Madrid's 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in November 2010.
  • United suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat since the 6-1 loss against Manchester City in October 2011.
  • The Red Devils lost a Premier League away match by four or more goals for the first time since 1999 - also at Chelsea.

The tone was set when Chris Smalling hesitated in dealing with a long ball, allowing Pedro to nip in and round David de Gea - and United never recovered.

The basic ability to defend a set-piece eluded them for Chelsea's second, two deflected touches helping the ball on to the unmarked Cahill, who lashed in.

United, without the injured Wayne Rooney, looked unrecognisable from the side that dug in to keep a clean sheet at Anfield on Monday. They looked unrecognisable from any Mourinho side, always expected to be well organised and difficult to break down.

A stony-faced Mourinho watched his static defenders allow Hazard and then Kante to skip into space and score after the break, leaving new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lapping up the acclaim of a home crowd revelling in their former boss's misfortune.

"We made incredible defensive mistakes," said Mourinho. "And then you pay for that."

Chelsea beat Manchester United
Chelsea's shots-at-goal graphic shows how clinical they were against United, scoring with four of their six on-target efforts...
Chelsea beat Manchester United
...while United's paints a different picture. They had five shots on goal but none of them forced Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois into an outstanding save.

Conte starting to shine

Former Italy manager Antonio Conte was tasked with restoring Chelsea's fortunes after a chastening season, which started under Mourinho's leadership and ended in the defending champions finishing 10th.

Conte's start has not been smooth, however.

Back-to-back league defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal last month led to some criticism, forcing him to laugh off rumours of his imminent sacking.

But, after making a tactical switch to a 3-4-3 formation following those defeats, Conte has seen his team flourish.

Three successive victories have pushed the Blues back among the frontrunners, with the Stamford Bridge crowd showing their appreciation for the new manager as he urged them to make more noise during the second half.

"It is important for the manager to find the right solution for your team," said Conte on his team's recent revival.

"It was not a good situation when Chelsea conceded in every game - we change and now we are playing good football."

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Mourinho and Conte exchanged words as they shook hands at the final whistle

Man of the match - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Eden Hazard
Belgium star Hazard lost his way under Mourinho last season, but showed his former boss that he is returning to his best form with an assist, a goal, and a constant threat to the United defence

Post-match reaction

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte:

"We made a fantastic start. We scored the early goal but we continued to play good football, intensity and possession, create many chances. Today we didn't concede, which was important. It was a type of win that increases the confidence.

"We wanted to show our ambition and give the satisfaction to our fans and show last season was very bad."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:

"You come with a strategy, you cannot concede a goal in the way we did.

"We were coming to have an offensive approach. We wanted to create chances; we showed that after the 1-0. The second and the third were counter-attack goals.

"It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing.

"In terms of points, we got zero points, we lose three points. We are six points from the top, three from the top four, we now need to win matches. We need to win our matches now, which are not easy.

"We need to win to close that gap - after these last three matches, we made two out of nine. We now need points."

What's next?

Next comes the not-so-small matter of midweek derby matches for both teams.

Chelsea travel across London to face West Ham in the EFL Cup fourth round on Wednesday (19:45 BST), while Manchester United host neighbours City at Old Trafford in the same competition on the same day (20:00 BST).

(More) stats you need to know

  • Chelsea have gone eight league games - winning four and drawing four - without losing against Manchester United, their best run against the Red Devils in their history.
  • Pedro scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, finding the net after 30 seconds.
  • He was also booked after 59 seconds for his celebration, the quickest yellow this season in the Premier League.
  • This was only the sixth time Manchester United had conceded in the opening minute of a Premier League game. Gus Poyet, Jason Euell, Marlon Harewood, Jermain Defoe and Edin Dzeko were the other scorers.
  • Only twice before had Jose Mourinho seen his side concede inside the first minute - both to Southampton while at Chelsea (James Beattie in 2004 and Jay Rodriguez in 2013).
  • Manchester United have only collected fewer points from their first nine games of a Premier League season once before - in 2014-15 when they collected 13.
  • Eden Hazard has equalled his goal tally from last season in the Premier League - four - in just nine games.



Formation 3-4-3

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30David LuizBooked at 41mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 15Moses
  • 7Kanté
  • 21Matic
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 66mins
  • 11PedroBooked at 1minsSubstituted forChalobahat 71'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forBatshuayiat 78'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forWillianat 78'minutes


  • 1Begovic
  • 8Oscar
  • 22Willian
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 26Terry
  • 29Chalobah
  • 34Aina

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A Valencia
  • 3BaillyBooked at 29minsSubstituted forRojoat 52'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 27FellainiSubstituted forMataat 45'minutes
  • 21Herrera
  • 19Rashford
  • 6PogbaBooked at 75mins
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMartialat 65'minutes
  • 9Ibrahimovic


  • 5Rojo
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 16Carrick
  • 18Young
  • 20Romero
  • 36Darmian
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamMan Utd
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    Match ends, Chelsea 4, Manchester United 0.

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    Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Manchester United 0.

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    Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

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    Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

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    Attempt saved. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

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    Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

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    Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

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    Offside, Chelsea. Marcos Alonso tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

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    Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

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    Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

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    Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

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    Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

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    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

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    Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

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    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


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