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Chelsea v Manchester United - story of the match

Published 23/10/2016

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho experienced defeat on his return to Stamford Bridge
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho experienced defeat on his return to Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge was an unhappy one as his Manchester United team were outclassed and out-thought in a 4-0 defeat by Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

The former Blues boss remains responsible for the presence of so many of those in Chelsea's first-team squad, but his knowledge of them did little to prevent goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

Defeat proved the latest demonstration of how much United have declined since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement while Chelsea continued to show promise with Conte's preferred 3-5-2 formation.

TWEET OF THE MATCH: "Jose still knows how to get the best out of @ChelseaFC". Former Chelsea striker @Eidur22Official pokes fun at his former manager.

STAR MAN: Eden Hazard. Thriving under Conte since the Italian's appointment the summer after Mourinho's sacking, the classy forward was consistently his team's biggest threat and effectively secured victory by scoring their third goal. Without his vision and creative abilities, it is unlikely four goals would have been scored. His was also the fourth he has scored this season in the Premier League, which already matches his total for 2015-16.

MOAN OF THE MATCH: Quite why Marouane Fellaini remains a regular starter well into his fourth season at Manchester United is difficult to understand. Beyond his physicality in what is far from a small team, he offers so little. The most valid criticism of United so far this season is that they lack balance, so why is the intelligent Michael Carrick not playing in central midfield alongside Ander Herrera? Marcus Rashford is similarly wasted when playing in a wide position.

IN WITH THE CROWD: There are few more significant figures in Chelsea's history than Mourinho, and perhaps none more responsible for the success they have had since he was first appointed in 2004. Regardless, that did not stop a minority of the home fans chanting, "You're not special anymore" at the United manager after the second goal. If confirmation were needed that their love affair with the Portuguese was over, it came with the way the majority largely ignored him until chanting his name after Kante scored the fourth.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: 7

Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

David Luiz: 7

Gary Cahill: 8

Victor Moses: 7

Marcos Alonso: 7

N'Golo Kante: 8

Nemanja Matic: 7

Pedro: 8

Eden Hazard: 9

Diego Costa: 8

Substitutes

Nathaniel Chalobah (for Pedro, 71): 6

Michy Batshuayi (for Costa, 78): 6

Willian (for Hazard, 78): 6

Manchester United

David de Gea: 5

Antonio Valencia: 5

Eric Bailly: 5

Chris Smalling: 5

Daley Blind: 6

Marouane Fellaini: 4

Ander Herrera: 6

Jesse Lingard: 5

Paul Pogba: 6

Marcus Rashford: 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 6

Substitutes

Juan Mata (for Fellaini, 46): 6

Marcos Rojo (for Bailly, 52): 5

Anthony Martial (for Lingard, 65): 5

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