Samuel Eto’o became the first Chelsea man to score a hat-trick against Manchester United for 60 years as the Cameroonian’s three strikes secured a comfortable victory for the Blues.
Chelsea, who were made clear favourites for this match and whose fans were more optimistic than in recent encounters, struggled early on in the match as Man Utd pressed high, but once Eto’o’s first went in, thanks in part to Carrick’s huge deflection, the home side were buoyed on by their fans and took control.
Matters got worse for Man Utd just either side of the half-time break, as Eto’o scored his second in clinical fashion just before the whistle blew, before netting his hat-trick goal four minutes after the restart, reacting quickest to De Gea’s save from Cahill. It means that, in this one match, the 32-year-old has doubled his Premier League tally for the season to six.
Hernandez did manage to keep the score-line respectable with a poacher’s finish with 12 minutes to play, but all hopes were dashed when Vidic’s frustrated lunge at Hazard forced Dowd to giving him his marching orders, as the Red Devils not trail the leaders Arsenal by 14 points.
Mourinho, meanwhile, was understandably happy to record his 100th Premier League win — out of 142 matches, the fastest rate of all managers — against the same side he recorded his first, as his Chelsea side continue to be hot on the tails of both Arsenal and Man City, as two points separates the top three once again.
Man of the Match
SAMUEL ETO’O: The Cameroonian has been inconsistent since joining Chelsea in the summer, occasionally showing flashes of his former brilliant self, and at other times appearing to be heavy in his play and still adjusting to life in the Premier League. But the former Barcelona man brought out all his killer instincts in a big match he thrived upon, working excellently in compact spaces and making a real nuisance of himself in the box. 9/10
Mourinho was happy with his clinical and efficient side: “I think it is a big win and deserved, yes. The way I was analysing the game it was hard for them to be losing 2-0 at half time. I think this game was a bit of a contradiction to other games. Normally we produce and produce and then it is hard for us to score, this time with the first shot we scored. The second goal was the killer.”
Moyes was happy with his team’s efforts: “We did not deserve to be 2-0 down at half time. I thought we played well in parts of the game. We played well at the start, we just missed the clinical finish. We will keep going. We showed a lot of good things today.”