Manchester United's unbeaten run came to an end against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. A single first half goal from Eden Hazard proved to be the difference in a game in which United dominated but couldn't find a route to goal.
United controlled possession from the first whistle, and managed to prise the Chelsea defence open inside five minutes. Unfortunately Wayne Rooney pulled a Luke Shaw cutback just wide of the target, much to the embarrassment of the celebrating David de Gea. The Reds continued to look comfortable throughout the opening exchanges, though without much end product.
Chelsea didn't look dangerous either, and sat behind the ball instead of pressing high. They were happy to let United have the ball and soak up pressure.
But then, with just over five minutes of the half remaining, United were Mourinho'd. Caught hook, line and sinker. A quick counter-attack culminated in Oscar sending Eden Hazard through on goal, the Belgian only having to roll the ball under David de Gea from point-blank range. The whistle blew with the hosts leading, and United head-scratching. It was difficult to envisage the Reds finding a way through.
Things almost went from bad to worse for United within 10 minutes of the restart, surprise surprise on another counter-attack. A sloppy pass by Ander Herrera in midfield allowed the Blues to spring forward on the break, though Didier Drogba's deflected effort was knocked against the far post by Hazard.
To their credit, United did manage to step up their efforts in the following few minutes; Luke Shaw down the left was particularly dangerous, consistently skinning Branislav Ivanović and delivering dangerous crosses into the penalty area. Alas, Chelsea clung on, even relying on the woodwork in order to do so when Radamel Falcao lashed his effort against the post from a tight angle with just over 10 minutes left.