It was an early season test that Manchester United aced. In an open match at Old Trafford, the Reds defeated the Blues 3-1 -- it was one that easily could have featured many more goals for each side. David De Gea was superb and denied Chelsea from getting the opening goal. Chris Smalling then rose high in the 8th minute to open the scoring for United when he headed home a whipped- in Ashley Young set-piece cross. The goal-scoring chances continued but it wasn't until Nani's brilliant run and a cracking strike from outside the box that when another goal occurred. MInutes later, Wayne Rooney slid home another goal -- the striker's 9th goal in 5 league matches this season. Fernando Torres pulled one back for his side to open the 2nd half but the out-of-form striker hilariously missed a sitter later in the half after having rounded De Gea. Wayne Rooney also pulled a John Terry in the 2nd half when he slipped while taking a penalty-- at least Wazza's folly didn't cost United the Champions League though. After City's draw on Sunday, the Reds are now top of the table and clear by 2 points.