Jose Mourinho endured a torrid Premier League return to Stamford Bridge
asChelsea inflicted his heaviest defeat in English football by
thrashing Manchester United 4-0 to move within one point of
leaders Manchester City.
Pedro set the tone for a one-sided victory by scoring the opening goal
inside the first 30 seconds before Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo
Kante all struck in a dominant display.
Blues boss Antonio Conte celebrated his biggest win since taking charge
of the club in the summer while Mourinho was subjected to chants of
“you’re getting sacked in the morning” at a ground where he won three
League titles and was also sacked twice, the last time just ten months
Many of the players Mourinho reportedly
fell out with towards the end of his tenure seemed to relish the
occasion, also notable for the respectful tribute paid to former Chelsea
vice-chairman Matthew Harding on the 20th anniversary of his death in a
The result moved Chelsea above Tottenham into fourth in the table at the
start of a testing week with an EFL Cup fourth round trip to West Ham
and a League game at Southampton.
The Blues were unchanged from the team that beat Leicester last weekend
while Mourinho dropped Ashley Young in favour of Jesse Lingard as United
continued the safety-first approach which earned them a draw at
Liverpool six days earlier.