Man Utd trashed at Stamford Bridge

Oct 24, 2016
Chelsea's Pedro takes the ball beyond Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge. United were trashed 4-0.
Chelsea’s Pedro takes the ball beyond Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge. United were trashed 4-0.

Jose Mourinho endured a nightmare return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Manchester United 4-0 on Super Sunday.

It took just 30 seconds for Chelsea to spoil Mourinho’s comeback as Pedro pounced on a defensive mix-up to score the fastest Premier League goal of the season so far.

Gary Cahill thumped his second goal of the season on 21 minutes, before Eden Hazard deepened Mourinho’s misery with a fine 62nd-minute strike.

N’Golo Kante then completed the rout with Chelsea’s fourth on 70 minutes as the visitors capitulated.

The victory, which moved Chelsea into the top four and left United in seventh, fittingly marked the 20th anniversary of former Chelsea vice-chairman Matthew Harding’s death.

Chelsea's David Luiz was only shown yellow card for this tackle on Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini.
Chelsea’s David Luiz was only shown yellow card for this tackle on Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini.

Meanwhile, the Sky Sports pundits were unanimous in their opinion that David Luiz should have been sent off against Manchester United.

They thought Chelsea’s task might have been made more difficult if their central defender had seen red for a high challenge on Marouane Fellaini after 41 minutes.

Mourinho did not want to discuss the incident – for which Luiz was booked – after the match, but Graeme Souness felt Martin Atkinson had no excuse for failing to send him off.

“That’s not a difficult decision to make,” Souness told Super Sunday. “The referee has a full view of it. Does he not see six studs showing? He’s seen something so he gives him a yellow card.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was substituted against Chelsea after he suffered what appeared to be a bad knee ligament injury.
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was substituted against Chelsea after he suffered what appeared to be a bad knee ligament injury.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly meanwhile feared he had suffered a “really bad” knee ligament injury, according to Jose Mourinho.

The centre-back was hurt tangling with Eden Hazard early into the second half and was taken off after 52 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho confirmed: “He is injured and I am afraid it is a bad injury. It is in his knee, the ligament area. He feels it is really bad.”

 

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