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Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United, Premier League LIVE: Jose Mourinho's men in meltdown as Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante strike to spoil ex-manager's return

  • Pedro beat David de Gea to the ball to open the scoring in first minute
  • Gary Cahill thumped home Chelsea's second goal in the 21st minute 
  • With United knocking on the door, Eden Hazard added a third for hosts 
  • N'Golo Kante added further gloss to the scoreline with well-taken strike 
  • Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard 
  • Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi
  • Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Valencia Bailly, Smalling (c), Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic
  • Subs: Romero, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Young, Mata, Martial
  • Defeat for the visitors would see them five points behind the top four
  • Chelsea could draw level with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
  • A win could see Manchester United climb as high as fifth place 

  • 74 mins: Pogba has once again failed to live up to his £89million price-tag and the Frenchman is deservedly booked for a late foul on Matic.
    Perhaps the midfielder should focus less on doing the dab celebration, and social media, and focus more on improving his performances...

    GOAL: CHELSEA 4-0 Manchester United (Kante 70 mins)
    Talk about rubbing Mourinho's nose in it... Kante literally walks through United's defence to calmly slot home past De Gea to add a fourth for Chelsea. 
    It's a brilliant goal from the former Leicester star but huge question marks over Pogba and Herrera who failed to mark the Frenchman.
    They allowed him to walk through the middle of the park and he brilliantly dropped his shoulder to beat Smalling before firing home. 

    66 mins: Herrera sums up United's frustrations this afternoon by attempting to score for distance - and it's hopeful effort is wayward. 
    64 mins: It's a straight swap as Martial comes on for Lingard. 

    GOAL: CHELSEA 3-0 Manchester United (Hazard 62 mins)
    When Manchester United looked the more likely to score the game's next goal, Hazard breaks Mourinho's heart with a third strike for the rampant hosts. The brilliant Belgian receives the ball deep in United's half before sending a right-footed effort past De Gea, who got a hand to it, and into the back of the visitors' net. 
    60 mins: Pogba does brilliantly to retreat to a defensive position and win the ball back off Pedro after Hazard brilliantly found his team-mate. 

    Marcus Rashford of Manchester United reacts after a poor ball

    58 mins: That's probably why he doesn't take many... Rashford's corner barely leaves the floor and Chelsea hoof the ball away to safety. Good spell of possession for United, this - they've plenty of bodies forward but can't quite find a clear-cut opportunity to test the defence. 
    57 mins: United committing so many bodies forward now in search of a goal - and they win a corner. Mata, playing against is former team, sends in a delivery which is defended by Chelsea.
    But Rashford then wins another corner, which he will take. 

    Eric Bailly of Manchester United goes down injured

    54 mins: Ibrahimovic, for some reason, decides to chip in a cross which Chelsea easily defend and when substitute Rojo fails to control his pass, Chelsea break through Moses. 
    The former Crystal Palace star powers forward for the hosts before finding Hazard, who takes aim but his shot was blocked at the last minute by Smalling. 

    Victor Moses of Chelsea takes on Jesse Lingard of Manchester United

    52 mins: The tempo of this match has slowed down slightly with Chelsea having a clear two-goal lead and United struggling to break down the Blues' stubborn defence.
    Rashford sends in a great cross but Pogba, who has done little to excite this afternoon, can't get on the end of the ball. 

    Eden Hazard (front) vies for the ball with Manchester United's Ander Herrera

    50 mins: Bailly has gone down injured and Mourinho signals to Rojo, who was warming up on the touchline, to get himself undressed. The Argentina international does indeed come in with just under 40 minutes to make a difference... 
    Blind will move into a central position to partner Smalling and Rojo will move to left back. 

    Jose Mourinho of Manchester United looks on

    48 mins: Chelsea knocking on the door in search of a third goal and they almost find it when Costa powers forward. He's allowed plenty of room to carry the ball forward but Smalling times his sliding challenge perfectly to block the shot. 

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as well as John Terry

    46 mins: Luiz surges forward with the ball for Chelsea and does brilliantly to win a throw-in deep in United's half. Chelsea keep the ball in that area of the pitch and eventually win a corner. 
    From the resultant delivery, Costa taps home into the top corner but the whistle had already gone as he was blatantly offside. 

    Chelsea star Pedro lies on the pitch during the Premier League match

    SECOND HALF: Mata comes on for Fellaini
    Mourinho makes a half-time substitution as Mata comes on for the ineffective Fellaini - and it's United who get us back underway, attacking from left to right. 
    United have enjoyed more possession but that matters little to Chelsea, who lead 2-0...

    HALF-TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United
    Chelsea almost grab a third goal on the stroke of half-time when Costa has some room in the box but Bailly flies in with a great last-minute challenge and that's the final action of this first-half.
    The Blues take a two-goal lead into the break after Pedro's quick-fire opener and Gary Cahill's second stunned the visitors - and their returning boss Mourinho.  
    45 mins: United play some nice football to work it down the right flank and Herrera is unfortunate not to meet Valencia's delivery. Looks like Chelsea will take a two-goal lead going into half-time. 
    Two minutes added time
    Luiz lucky to escape with a yellow card
    Here's pictures of that David Luiz challenge, where he was lucky to escape with a yellow card despite catching Fellaini on the knee...

    42 mins: Hazard flies down the left wing, cuts inside and then out again, before weaving his way inside again to find Costa but the striker fails to have the ball under control and United clear the danger. 
    Half chance, that; but United have now gone down the other end in search of a goal. 

    Eric Bailly, left, and Diego Costa challenge for the ball

    39 mins: Chelsea fans appeal for a free-kick deep in United's half after Pedro is bundled over by Bailly but referee Atkinson waves away their protests. 
    Meanwhile, Luiz has gone into the book for a dangerous high foot on Fellaini. Just had a look at the replays and he's very fortunate there. The defender catches the midfielder high on his knee with a studs-up challenge - and he should have been sent off. 

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the Premier League match

    38 mins: You sense if United can grab a goal before half-time then they can claw their way back into this match. United's midfield, with Pogba leading the pack, are finally put pressure on the Chelsea midfield. 

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United is closed down by Eden Hazard

    36 mins: Moses does well to head the ball away ahead of Ibrahimovic after the ball was sent into the box by Lingard. Rashford then almost finds the Swede but the Chelsea defence read it. 

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks around to the home fans

    34 mins: With United pressing Chelsea, Pedro goes down injured and the Blues are able to regroup after winning a free-kick. The visitors just aren't doing enough with the ball.

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

    From Sportsmail's Adam Shergold at Stamford Bridge
    It seems as though Chelsea’s front line are taking it in turns to run directly at this tormented United defence.
    Eden Hazard has come across to the right and is tying Daley Blind in knots, twice getting in behind to cross. Diego Costa is driving at the heart of the shaky visitors’ backline and will continue to do so now Eric Bailly has received a yellow card for bundling him over.

    32 mins: United finally moving through the gears now but the Chelsea fans are buoyant - and their team are comfortably leading. Courtois, the Chelsea No 1, yet to be tested.

    Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's second goal

    30 mins: Rashford playing extremely deep for United at the moment. A real shame really, he proved last season that when he's played as the main man, he comes up with the goods.
    But playing down the left wing, he's yet to see much of the ball. 

    Jose Mourinho reacts during the Premier League match

    Booking for United
    28 mins: Costa was playing for that but the home fans won't mind... The Spain striker goes down under a challenge by Bailly, who is booked for fouling the forward. There didn't seem much in it, bit harsh in my opinion. 
    27 mins: United with an opportunity to half the deficit but Courtois is there to save from Lingard. From the resultant corner, the Blues No 1 easily collects the ball and the hosts mount another counter-attack. 
    Cahill doubles Chelsea's lead

    25 mins: Chelsea perhaps should be 3-0 up but De Gea produces a clever save with his feet from Pedro's cross-shot. Moses is proving a real threat down the right flank for the hosts, Blind is having a shocker at the moment. 
    24 mins: The United players look shell-shocked out there - perhaps Thursday's match with Fenerbahce has taken its toll... The Blues, on the other hand, are well up for this and they deservedly lead through goals from Pedro and Cahill. 
    GOAL: CHELSEA 2-0 Manchester United (Cahill 21 mins)
    The return gets even more unhappy for Jose Mourinho as Gary Cahill thumps home a second for Chelsea to double the hosts' lead - and the former Stamford Bridge boss can't believe what is happening out there in west London. 
    This time it's a mistake by Smalling, who somehow fails to defend the high ball and when the ball falls to the feet of Cahill, he makes no mistake in smashing home to send the home fans into further ecstasy. 
    20 mins: Chelsea playing some lovely football at the moment, with Pedro proving to be the bright spark in this opening 20 minutes. United are struggling to mark the Spaniard, his movement has been great. 

    Pedro of Chelsea scores his sides first goal

    From Sportsmail's Adam Shergold at Stamford Bridge
    The 3,000 or so travelling Man United fans launch into a rendition of ‘Mourinho’s red and white army.’ The man himself hasn’t moved from the technical area whitewash since the first whistle, his hands plunged in the pockets of his bomber jacket.

    Eric Bailly (left) and Marouane Fellaini (right) battle for the ball

    17 mins: Alonso looks to release Hazard down the left wing but puts too much on the ball and the Belgian is unable to get on the end of it before the ball rolls out for a United goal kick. 
    The Old Trafford club need to get their wingers, Rashford and Lingard, involved more. The ball is getting played through the middle too much and the Blues are easily coping with any threat so far. 
    15 mins: Very entertaining start to this match then - and you'd have to say Chelsea deservedly have the lead. United looking dangerous but they're yet to create any clear cut chances. 
    The Blues, on the other hand, have taken theirs and could be two goals up... 

    Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro goes into the crowd to celebrate after scoring

    13 mins: Chelsea have just gone close to doubling their lead on two occasions. Firstly, Costa is beaten to the ball by Smalling, who turns the ball out for a corner. From the resultant delivery, which is whipped in by Moses, Hazard swings a boot at the ball and sees it fly inches wide of De Gea's post. 
    Meanwhile, England interim manager Gareth Southgate is in the building. 

    England interim manager Gareth Southgate during the Premier League match

    Southgate watches the action

    Enjoy that one, Pedro?

    Pedro of Chelsea celebrates scoring his goal among team-mates

    And that's the fastest goal of the Premier League this term...
    Booking for Chelsea
    10 mins: It's just been confirmed that Pedro was booked in the aftermath of his celebration - the referee deeming it excessive... 

    Chelsea's Marcos Alonso in action

    8 mins: It should be 1-1 but Ibrahimovic somehow sends his free header over the crossbar despite leaping over his marker. United looking to immediately hit back and they've already gone close on two occasions. 
    Pedro opener

    6 mins: Great start from Chelsea but it's United who are enjoying the majority of the ball at the moment. 

    Players shake hands prior to the Premier League match

    3 mins: Manchester United looking to immediately hit back after that nightmare start - and they've won themselves a corner. Chelsea stand firm though and are able to clear the danger. 
    GOAL: CHELSEA 1-0 Manchester United (Pedro 1 min)
    An extraordinary start from Chelsea as inside a minute they take the lead through Pedro and you have to say that's poor defending from Mourinho's men. 
    Blind doesn't stay with the Spaniard, De Gea misjudges the flight of the ball and Pedro is able to latch onto a hopeful long ball before firing home the opener. 
    KICK-OFF: Chelsea get us underway
    Here we go then, it's showtime as Diego Costa kicks off for Chelsea and they'll attack from left to right. 

    General view as Chelsea pay tribute to the late vice chairman Matthew Harding

    Another view as Chelsea fans unfurl the banner ahead of kick-off

    A reminder of the two teams
    Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard
    Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi
    Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia Bailly, Smalling (c), Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic
    Subs: Romero, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Young, Mata, Martial
    From Sportsmail's Adam Shergold at Stamford Bridge
    A large banner has been unfurled on the Matthew Harding lower in his honour - alongside his image it reads: 'Matthew Harding: Always loved, never forgotten.'
    Incidentally all the other banners paying homage to former players and managers here have been taken down for today.
    Five minutes until kick-off
    Excitement is gathering pace and we're just five minutes away from kick-off at Stamford Bridge. The players have been lining up in the tunnel and are about to make their way out onto the pitch for the routine pre-match handshakes and presentations. 
    The United boys put through their paces

    Conte expecting a 'tough game'
    Speaking to Sky Sports in his pre-match interview, Conte said: 'Good performance against Leicester, good win but good performance. We played with the right intensity and created a lot of chances. Also, we didn't concede. A good performance.
    'It's difficult to say [how United will play]. We know they are a very strong team, it will be a very tough game, but we are ready.
    'We are ready, but I think it's the same if you play at home or away. We must play our football.
    'I expect a tactical game, a very tactical game, between two great teams. I think this can be a tactical game.
    'We work this week to prepare this game very well, and also the tactical aspect. This is a big game but we are ready.'
    From OptaJoe
    From Sportsmail's Adam Shergold at Stamford Bridge
    Nice effort with the matchday programme today, which is mocked up in a mid-1990s style to mark 20 years since the tragic death of Matthew Harding. The cover picture features some of the many tributes that were left at Stamford Bridge when he died.
    Inside, Antonio Conte writes his column and knows that it would be pretty remiss if he didn’t mention the returning Jose Mourinho. But instead of writing about his feats here, he says: ‘I have played against him before in Italy, when I was Atalanta coach and he was with Inter. We know they are a strong team and we are prepared for a very tough game.’
    And that’s it.
    Terry and Mourinho catch up prior to this match

    Mourinho: It's just a game
    Speaking to Sky Sports in his pre-match interview, Mourinho said: 'It's a game. I have to think, it's just a game. They're a team that have the same objectives as us. I would lie if I said it's exactly the same as playing against another team. It's not the same from an emotional point of view.'
    On Rooney: 'Wayne Rooney is injured, in training in the last session. Against Fenerbahce, he was so keen to play for 90 minutes that he [hid] it.'
    On his team: 'There is no perfect tactical system. Our system usually has lots of strong points, but also opportunities. They see in our system opportunities, and we see in their system opportunities.'
    On Chelsea: 'I was expecting them to keep the same team.
    'When you know them so well, maybe you try to focus so much on their qualities, and if you are not balanced, you pass too much information to your players. I try to make just a little selection.'
    Wayne Rooney's absence explained
    Just over 30 minutes to kick-off at the Bridge
    Here's a few more pre-match photos from Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea fans given the opportunity to meet former player Kerry Dixon in the club shop prior to kick-off.
    Dixon signed a copy of his book 'Up Front' for one very happy supporter, as Jose Mourinho is pictured making his way towards an unfamiliar dressing room.

    Hazard speaks ahead of the match
    Eden Hazard has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the clash after the Belgian arrived at Stamford Bridge a little while ago. 
    Here's what he had to say: 'We have confidence. We know we need to be full of confidence when we play against such a good opponent like Man United.'
    'I feel good. I am playing more inside than before. I try to be decisive for the team. We will give everything to win today.' 

    Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Leicester last weekend

    Key match stats
    United travelled down to London on Saturday evening in a bid to improve a record of just one win in their last eight in the capital (W1 D3 L4). With that in mind, here's five more stats from our friends at Opta ahead of the game:
    - Chelsea have not lost any of their last seven league games against Manchester United (W3 D4). They’ve never gone eight without defeat against United in their league history.
    - Manchester United have lost more Premier League fixtures against Chelsea than any other side (16).
    - Of those 16 Chelsea wins against Manchester United, five were recorded by Jose Mourinho, more than any other boss for the Blues.
    - Jose Mourinho lost just one league game at Stamford Bridge between 2004/05 and 2014/15 (W76 D21). He then lost four of his final eight games there in 2015/16 (W3 D1).
    - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against Chelsea in both of his appearances against them last season in the Champions League.

    The scene is set for United's eagerly-anticipated clash against Antonio Conte's Chelsea

    Chelsea vs Manchester United: Team news in full
    So confirmation if it was needed that Wayne Rooney is not part of today's encounter, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the starting line-up having sat out the win over Fenerbahce in the Europa League.
    Chelsea have stuck with a system that has served them well in back-to-back victories over Hull and Leicester with Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta operating as wing backs in a 3-4-3 formation. John Terry is on the bench.
    Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
    Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi.
    Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia Bailly, Smalling (c), Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.
    Subs: Romero, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Young, Mata, Martial.
    Chelsea team news
    Manchester United team news
    Standby for team news...
    'Mourinho wants United to play the same power game as his Chelsea Mk I side'
    PHIL NEVILLE writes in his Mail on Sunday column: 'There has been plenty of attention on how Jose Mourinho's time ended at Chelsea ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the boss of Manchester United.
    'But the more interesting comparison is how Mourinho is bringing some of the attributes of his first great Chelsea team to this current United side.
    'I played against the Chelsea team who won the Premier League in 2005 and 2006 and they were aggressive and physically imposing.'
    CLICK HERE to read the full story.

    Phil Neville feels Mourinho needs United to play like Chelsea's title winners from his first spell

    Half-and-half scarves strike again
    Like it or loathe it, the half-and-half scarves are clearly selling well and are here to stay.
    Both sets of players will exchange pleasantries prior to kick-off with the customary handshake, but don't expect such solidarity once the action gets started.

    Fans hold a Chelsea and Manchester United half scarf outside Stamford Bridge before the game

    These may prove popular among first-time fans and those without particularly strong allegiances

    Mourinho is back
    Here he is.
    Mourinho shakes hands with a Chelsea official as many home fans made the effort to greet their former manager ahead of the game.
    He has the look of a man who means business, heading straight down the tunnel and into the away dressing room.

    Mourinho emerges from the United team coach with hundreds of Chelsea fans on hand to greet him

    25 minutes until team news
    We're 25 minutes away from getting the team news for today's match, but ahead of that announcement here's RIATH AL-SAMARRAI's best composite XI involving Chelsea and United players.
    There's places for Diego Costa and Paul Pogba, but who else features in Sportsmail's team?

    Diego Costa has been back to his best form this season with seven Premier League goals

    Conte out to make it an unhappy return for Jose
    While Mourinho is expected to receive another warm reception at the Bridge following his three Premier League titles across two spells as Chelsea manager, present incumbent Antonio Conte has called on his players to view him as 'the enemy' once the game starts.
    In the build-up to this afternoon's clash, the Italian said: 'He deserves a good reception because he wrote with the players and staff a part of the story of this club.'
    'When you win three championships, you remain in the heart of the fans. Then after the whistle he becomes like any of the Manchester United players, an enemy.'

    Paddy Power have poked fun at Mourinho with a parking space for 'buses only' beside his name

    Antonio Conte wants his Chelsea players to be fired up for the return of Mourinho to the Bridge

    Chelsea v Manchester United (kick-off: 4pm)
    Hello and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
    Will it be a happy return for Jose Mourinho at his former club? Much has been made of his trip back to west London and Wayne Rooney's expected absence, but there's three vital Premier League points at stake. 
    Stay with us for all the action and reaction as two Premier League heavyweights go head to head.

    Jose Mourinho at Stockport train station heading down to London on Saturday

    Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Sunday with Jose Mourinho making his return to Stamford Bridge following his second sacking by the London side. 
    United will be looking to push up the table with a victory. The visitors would be left five points adrift of the top four should they lose, although a win would see them back among the chasing pack. Mourinho's side demonstrated their defensive capabilities in Monday's goalless draw at Anfield and may take a similar approach on Sunday.
    Chelsea have improved their form recently after switching to Antonio Conte's preferred 3-4-3 formation and will be hoping to draw level with Manchester City and Tottenham by collecting three points. They have won their last two games, against Hull City and champions Leicester.

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