Premier League - Eto'o hat-trick eases Chelsea past hapless United

Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 3 (Eto’o 17’ 45’ 49’) Manchester United 1 (Hernandez 78’)

Chelsea remained in the hunt for the Premier League after a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

United started brightly but the best chance they created was an Ashley Young shot from a tight angle. They sent in plenty of crosses, but of such low quality it meant little.

Samuel Eto’o scored against the run of play after beating a static Phil Jones on the edge of his box, his shot looping off Michael Carrick’s ankle and over David de Gea. Shortly after, United should have had a penalty when Cesar Azpilicueta went through the back of Danny Welbeck.

Just before half-time, Eto’o got his second when he turned in Gary Cahill’s low cross when United failed to clear a corner.

Eto’o completed his hat-trick a few minutes after half-time, poking in his third after De Gea saved a Cahill header.

Despite a late Javier Hernandez goal, the game came to its inevitable conclusion, an easy Chelsea win. To make things worse for United, Nemanja Vidic saw red for a scything challenge on Eden Hazard and Rafael was lucky not so suffer a similar fate moments later.

KEY EVENTS

2’ - YOUNG CHANCE - In space on the left hand side of the box, Young’s shot is straight at Cech.

17’ - ETO’O GOAL - Eto’o easily evades Jones and has a shot deflected into the goal by Michael Carrick.

38’ - WELBECK MISS - Januzaj finds Welbeck in space in the box, and as he gets a shot away, he’s fouled by Cesar Azpilicueta, but the ref gives nothing.

45’ - ETO’O’S SECOND - United fail to clear a corner, allowing an unmarked Cahill to find an unmarked Eto’o at the near post.

49’ - ETO’O HAT-TRICK - More poor United defending as Valencia allows Eto’o to finish from two yards.

78’ - UNITED CONSOLATION GOAL - Hernandez slides in at the back post to pull a goal back, after Phil Jones’ shot was drifting wide.

90+1’ - VIDIC RED - A stupid, late and scything challenge from Vidic on Hazard gives him a marginally early bath.

KEY STATS

Manchester United have lost seven Premier League games this season - the same as David Moyes' Everton side last year.

Javier Hernandez has scored in seven of his last 10 appearances in all competitions against Chelsea.

There have been five penalties awarded in the last four meetings between these two sides at Stamford Bridge.

There have been 25 goals scored in the last four matches between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

David Moyes has never won away from home to one of the Premier League’s traditional big four – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal (P48 W0 D18 L30). Though he has now in a sense beaten United away from home against the big four.

Chelsea have won 17 and lost none of their last 20 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge (D3).

This was United’s first away defeat in the Premier League for eight matches.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

TALKING POINT

Will Moyes get the chance to overhaul the side in the summer? While he has been clearly let down by Edward Woodward, things may have deteriorated so badly over the course of the season that the Glazers might not trust him with another transfer window.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea): After a slow start to his Chelsea career, Eto’o has adapted well to his new side and his experience allows him to exploit half-chances and still trouble defences.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Cech 7, Ivanovic 6, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Azpilicueta 6, Ramires 6, David Luiz 6, Willian 6, Oscar 7, Hazard 7, Eto'o 8. Subs: Mikel 6, Matic 6, Torres 6.

Manchester United: De Gea 6, Rafael 6, Evans 6, Vidic 5, Evra 6, Valencia 5, Carrick 4, Jones 5, Young 5, Januzaj 6, Welbeck 6. Subs: Smalling 6, Hernandez 7.

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