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Eto'o' hat-trick lifts Chelsea past Manchester United

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One of the biggest fixtures in English football between Chelsea and the visiting Manchester United ended in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to mark Jose Mourinho's 100th Premier League win.

In the other dugout, David Moyes' managerial position is coming under more pressure after his United team fell 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal. With 16 matches left to play, it seems as though the Red Devils have all but ensured they will not be winning the Premier League for the second season in a row.

Samuel Eto'o was easily the man of the match, registering only the fourth hat-trick in the league this year and fuelling his team to an important home win.

United controlled the possession at 56% to 44%, but Chelsea were more potent in the attacking third with six shots on goal compared to United's four.

The Cameroon international opened the scoring in the 17th minute from the edge of the box from an unlucky deflection off of Michael Carrick's sliding challenge. 

United's best chance in the half came in the 38th minute when a Adnan Januzaj cross found Danny Welbeck in the center of the box, but Welbeck couldn't get any power on the shot and Petr Cech easily collected. 

And just when it looked like United would head into the break at a goal down, Eto'o struck again from a lovely Gary Cahill cross that he smartly pushed past David de Gea to take his team into the dressing room at 2-0.

Moyes clearly didn't have much to say to his team at half-time, after Eto'o capped off his treble in the 49th off a poorly dealt with corner kick found the striker firing in a De Gea rebound from three-yards out.

United got their consolation goal in the 78th minute when substitute Javier Hernandez found the back of the net on a Phil Jones cross but by then the goal stood only as a fleeting glimmer of consolation for the visitors. 

Things got physical in the 90th minute when United captain Nemanja Vidic went studs-up on Eden Hazard and was rightly shown a straight red card. Then just a few moments later in stoppage time, a frustrated Rafael dove in with two feet on Gary Cahill and was only shown a yellow for the embarrassing challenge.

Chelsea have solidified their spot with the important home win as a top-four team in the Premier League, and have entered a tight three team battle for the title with Arsenal and Manchester City.

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