Jan 19, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
3-1
Man UtdManchester United
Eto'o (16', 44', 48')
Luiz (18')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Hernandez (78')
Young (35'), Valencia (55'), Rafael (90')
Vidic (90')

Half-Time Report: Chelsea ahead thanks to Samuel Eto'o double

Chelsea are leading Manchester United 2-0 at half time in their Premier League clash.

Chelsea are beating Manchester United at half time courtesy of two goals by Samuel Eto'o.

Man Utd started strongly and were nearly rewarded with the opening goal. Ashley Young was played in just inside the box, but his low shot was pushed away by Petr Cech.

Chelsea's Ramires tries to tackle Man United's Danny Welbeck during their Premier League match on January 19, 2014© AFP

The Blues struggled early on and Ramires drove towards goal, but his tame effort was held by David de Gea.

However, the home side took the lead with just over 15 minutes played. Eto'o was given space on the edge of the box and his left-footed strike came off Michael Carrick and into the net.

Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o celebrates with teammate Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring his team's opening goal against Man United during their Premier League match on January 19, 2014© Getty Images

David Moyes's men responded well and continued to attack despite conceding, with Patrice Evra firing wide from outside the box. Adnan Januzaj played a ball across the face of goal, but no-one was there to tap home.

With the first half nearing its conclusion, Danny Welbeck could have equalised for the away side. Januzaj's cross found the striker, but his shot was straight at Cech.

Eto's deflected shot then floated towards Oscar, who fired over with an overhead kick. However, it was 2-0 a minute before half time.

United failed to clear from a corner, which allowed Eden Hazard to drill a low cross into the box where Eto'o was waiting to fire past De Gea.

Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013
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