Manchester United’s hopes of scooping at least a Champion League’s ticket next season are dashed by Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o who hit three today at Stamford Bridge, London.
Although a 3 – 1 win against a low-spirited Manchester United side could have been easily predicted, nobody could have bet on Eto’o scoring three in this game.
However, only Eto’o and his manager Jose Mourinho still know what he is capable of doing and still have in his tank, especially in crucial encounters.
Knowing the stake at hand and the poor position in the English Premier Leagues for decades, Man U dominated the first quarter of an hour with Adnand Januzaj stealing the show.
The home team, however, held nerves and took the lead with the first chance when Eto’o put Man U in disarray taking a smart pass in the mid-field dribbling his way alone to strike and score from a long range outside the box.
With his fourth for the season, the Cameroonian was unstoppable, as he elated the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge with his experience and quest to take the tally up.
Man U kept the spirit going, when Danny Welbeck missed a clear scoring opportunity when Azpilicueta cleared the ball off his foot in the goal mouth just as he was about to strike the shot at the 37 minute.
As this breathtaking half eased off, it was Eto’o again who was at the right place at the right time when a futile counterattack from the visitors saw the ball directed on his path for an easy guided flick as David De Gea watched helplessly.
Eto’o, Man of the Match
The second half resumed, with Manchester United trying to pull at least one for honour and save the day, but barely 4 minutes into the half, Eto’o made it three, his first hat trick for the Blues.
It was yet another corner kick when Eto’o anticipated that the ball would surely cross his way, and despite being tightly held by Valencia he still wrestled to push another re-bounced shot into Manchester United’s net.
And to seal the day and start the party, he celebrated the goal with a Samba dance with his Brazilian mates, William and David Luiz.
Mexican hit-man, Javier Hernandez scored the only goal for Scot man, David Moyes and Manchester United’s travelling fans at the 78th minute as Eto’o was substituted by Ferdinand Torres.
With a 3 – 1 score, the Red Devils of Manchester United in the era of Alex Fergusson nothing was lost as there was still enough time to turn the tables.
That was far from happening today, as the team woes are yet to stop as frustrations are transferred into awful and wild playing tactics.
The first minute into injury time saw Manchester United skipper Vidic – being linked with a move to a top European team – sent off for poor tackle on Hazard.
Another defender, Rafael only survived the storm a few minutes later with a pitiful yellow card though his tackle was visibly worse than that of Vidic.
Chelsea moved to third position, while Manchester united is now at the 7th position with barely 37 points as another London team, Arsenal leads the league with 51 points.