United too good for Chelsea
Manchester United extended their 100% record by beating Chelsea 3-1 on a dramatic day at Old Trafford.
Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney did the damage with first-half strikes.
But after Fernando Torres had pulled one back, Rooney slipped as he went to take a penalty, missing as a result. Then Torres rounded David de Gea but contrived to miss in front of a completely open goal.
Smalling rose unopposed to power home the opener from six yards.
Chelsea cut United open when Juan Mata slipped a pass through to Fernando Torres who then rolled a pass along the six-yard area which invited a finish into an empty net. Ramires, stretching, could only find David de Gea who produced a brilliant one-handed stop.
Nani collected Jonny Evans' crossfield pass and advanced to the edge of the area from where he unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew past Petr Cech to make it 2-0, and United struck again in the final minute of the half as Wayne Rooney was presented with a tap-in for his ninth goal of the season.
Chelsea pulled one back within 30 seconds of the restart as sub Nicolas Anelka slid a pass through to Torres, who got behind Phil Jones and slotted home with ease.
Nani's deflected shot rattled against the bar and was fouled by Jose Bosingwa on the rebound. Amid the melee, referee Phil Dowd felt the contact was enough to warrant a penalty. Rooney strode up but struck the ball into his other leg and it bounced away for a goalkick.
Rooney should have scored when the ball squirmed into his path but amazingly, he could only hit the post. Javier Hernandez flew in to turn home the rebound but blasted into the side-netting as Ashley Cole flew in to make a tackle Dowd felt was worthy of a booking, but not a penalty.
Torres suffered utter humiliation seven minutes from time as he raced on to Ramires' through ball, rounded De Gea and then somehow fired wide of a completely empty net. Rooney rolled a pass to sub Dimitar Berbatov at the death but his scuffed effort was cleared off the line by Cole.