Chelsea 3 Manchester United 1: Player ratings from the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge
How the players fared in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Monday 20 January 2014
Jose Mourinho recorded his 100th Premier League victory with Chelsea's 3-1 triumph over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Samuel Eto'o's hat-trick punishing the reigning champions, and creating more misery for beleaguered United manager David Moyes.
Javier Hernandez pulled one back for United, before Nemanja Vidic was given a straight red card for a lunge on Eden Hazard.
United, and young attacker Adnan Januzaj in particular, started brightly but were undone by two poor pieces of defending that allowed Cameroonian Eto'o to score his first goals against United since the 2009 Champions League final, when he was playing for Barcelona.
Eto'o opened the scoring after 17 minutes when allowed to shoot by Michael Carrick, his deflected shot ballooning into the net, and he was left unmarked in the box just before the halftime whistle to double the advantage.
He completed his treble from close range when following up Gary Cahill's header to secure a fifth successive league victory for Mourinho's side. Substitute Hernandez scored for United with 12 minutes remaining.
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