Chelsea humiliated former club manager Jose Mourinho in his return to Stamford Bridge with a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United.
The London club took the lead just after just 30 seconds when Pedro capitalised on slack defending to roll in. Gary Cahill followed up 20 minutes later by hammering in their second after United allowed Eden Hazard’s corner to bounce in their box.
From then on, United showed little signs of resistance or making a comeback and fell further behind after Hazard fired in from 15-yards. Summer transferee N’Golo Kante then rounded off by skipping around a static United defence to slot in as Chelsea moved within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The comprehensive win also lifts the Blues above Tottenham into fourth, with just one point separating the top five.
Mourinho was making his first return to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked in December 2015, leaving when the defending champions suffered a 2-1 defeat against eventual champions Leicester City and fell to 16th in the Premier League.
He was greeted with warmth from hundreds of Chelsea fans as he walked off the United team bus, but the Blues ended their hospitality early with Pedro’s early goal.
As Kante netted Chelsea’s last, home fans could not resist a cheeky dig at their former boss – chanting “you’re not special anymore” to the self-proclaimed Special One.
There was some truth in that, given that the defeat was the heaviest defeat for Jose Mourinho in all competitions since Real Madrid’s 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in November 2010. It was also the heaviest Premier League defeat the Red Devils suffered since their 6-1 loss against Manchester City in October 2011.
Still, Manchester United stay seventh despite the fact that the gap between them and table leaders City widens to six points, with almost a quarter of the season gone.