Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge did not go as planned as his team Manchester United found themselves trailing inside first minute of the kickoff when Pedro out foxed United back four to poke home the opener. If the start was bad, things got even worse 20 minutes later when Gary Cahill scored second for Chelsea and homeside in commanding position. From than on it was only one outcome as Chelsea pretty much cruised through the first half without conceding.
Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
01′ 1 – 0 Pedro Rodriguez scored within first minute of the kickoff when he outsmarted United back four and squared on rushing De Gea to put Chelsea in early lead.
21′ 2 – 0 Gary Cahill made things bad to worse for Mourinho as he lurked in at the far post and scored Chelsea second the evening.
62′ 3 – 0 Eden Hazard scored after the break to pretty much end the contest as Chelsea go just 1 point behind league leaders.
70′ 4 – 0 N’Golo Kante scored fourth and Manchester United are in complete disarray.
Mourinho post match interview:
Manchester United are undefeated in their last 6 competitive games winning four and drawing 2 in the process while Chelsea bounced back from back to back defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool with a comfortable outing last weekend. United of course played on thursday in Europa League where the dis-mental Fenerbahce and Jose Mourinho will have real headache how to go about this game as far as team selection is concerned. Chelsea on the other hand has full squad to choose from and with no European commitments this season players will be fresh giving them slight advantage over United.
Team News & Lineups: Mourinho started with Ibrahimovic in the Europa League game and he should return to starting lineup alongside Rashford. While Mourinho has a decision to make whether to start with Martial or Ashley Young in this game. Considering he used Young on the left side against Liverpool we can expect young to be part of starting lineup to do a job on Hazard. Michael Carrick played brilliantly on thursday night but he is sure to miss out a starting berth against Chelsea because Ander Herrera and Pogba to start in central midfield roles.
Chelsea are likely to start with Diego Costa, Hazard and Pedro upfront with a solid 4 man midfield with Alonso and Mosses playing as wide men. Matic and Kante to keep their places in central midfield while three man defense of David Luis, Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Predictions: Another top game this weekend where Chelsea will be slightly favourite going into the game with Manchester United. The build up is all about Mourinho’s return to his favorite hunting ground but this time as the manager of Manchester United which is in all honesty biggest club in England. It will be another tactical game where Mourinho would hate to lose but I feel Chelsea playing at home will do enough to get a narrow 1-0 win.
As always we will have extended replay highlights video after the game is over while goals video and short match highlights should be available immediately after the game. If you missed the live action you can always replay the match here with our highlight package.
Previous Match Review: Manchester United took on Chelsea in the premier league game on Sunday, 07 February 2016 at Stamford Bridge and it turned out a very tight game as both sides canceled each other out in the first half. Manchester United took the lead in second half with Jese Lingard scoring with quick turn and shoot.
Jesse Lingard second half goal was not enough to see off Chelsea at Stamford Bridge when his quick turn and shoot beat Thibaut Courtois for United’s first and only goal of the game but Diego Costa equalised in injury time to keep Chelsea’s unbeaten record going.
Manchester United started the game stronger of the two sides with Martial causing havoc on the left flank. He ran circles around Ivanovic and forced Thibaut Courtois in couple of good saves but Chelsea started to control the game before the half time and had couple of chances to take the lead.