by JARED FIGGINS
In what was hyped to be the big return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho soon turned into a nightmare after Chelsea beat Manchester United 4-0.
It only took 30 seconds for Pedro to punish United after a lofted pass from the Blues back-line led to a huge defensive error, with the Spaniard capitalising to score the fastest league goal of the season.
With the former Chelsea manager in disbelief, current boss Antonio Conte was filled with joy. Not long after, it was 2-0.
The home side doubled their lead after Gary Cahill scored his second goal of the season within 21 minutes.
United could have almost pulled themselves back into the game but for Thibaut Courtois double block that denied both Andre Herrera and Jesse Lingard.
David Luiz was lucky not to see red when he was shown a yellow card after a high tackle on Marouane Fellaini just before half time that forced the Belgium international to be subbed off.
In the second half it was all Chelsea. As United played higher up the pitch, the hosts went on to hit them on the counter attack.
Eden Hazard was left unmarked converting his teams third goal with a low shot to David De Gea’s left in the 62nd minute.
And then 8 minutes later the fourth and final goal quickly followed. Both Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling were at fault for allowing Kante the freedom to run into the penalty area and slot home.
The win for Chelsea moves them above Tottenham into fourth, with 1 point now separating the top 5 sides.
But for Jose and United, the result now leaves them seventh in the league, six points behind City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
United hope to turn there fortunes around against Burnley on Saturday, while Chelsea face a tough trip to Southampton on Sunday.
Both teams are in action this Wednesday for the EFL cup as Chelsea travel to West Ham in their fourth round tie while Jose Mourinho’s side are prepping for the second Manchester derby of the season against bitter rivals City.
Bournemouth 0-o Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley 2-1 Everton
West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland
Swansea City 0-0 Watford
Leicester City 3-1 Crystal Palace
Hull City 0-2 Stoke City
Liverpool 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough
Manchester City 1-1 Southampton