MX23RW : Monday, October 15 17:54:56
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')

Result: Chelsea close gap with win against Manchester United

Chelsea overcome Manchester United as Jose Mourinho secures his 100th Premier League win in charge of the Blues.

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to two points.

United 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.

With the second half just three minutes old, Eto'o grabbed his hat-trick. Gary Cahill's header was saved and the Blues striker tapped in from close range.

Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o celebrates after completing his hat-trick against Man United during their Premier League match on January 19, 2014© Getty Images

After that Chelsea started to push their opponents back and United struggled to find their rhythm.

However, the visitors created a rare chance when Welbeck got in front of his man from a corner, although his header flashed wide.

They managed to pull a goal back through Javier Hernandez. Phil Jones hit a shot from the edge of the area and the Mexican striker diverted it in from close range.

However, the day got worse for Moyes when Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red card for chopping down Hazard in stoppage time.

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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
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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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