Terry hails United win
Chelsea defender John Terry was pleased to hand out a "pasting" to Manchester United as the Blues claimed a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge to keep them in touch with pacesetters Arsenal.
Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick with Javier Hernandez claiming a late consolation goal with Nemanja Vidic sent off in the final minutes to compound manager David Moyes's misery.
The result left Chelsea in third place, two behind Arsenal and one behind of
second-placed Manchester City, with Manchester United now well off the pace - 14 points adrift of the leaders in seventh place.
"At times we have struggled over the years and Man Utd have come here and really given us a bit of a pasting. They're not playing the greatest at the moment and it was important we did the same to them today," Terry told Sky Sports 1.
"I think the result shows we're pushing and trying to keep with Arsenal and Man City. As the manager (Jose Mourinho) said, the other two are looking very strong at the moment and it's important we are keeping within touching distance with them.
"The last two weeks have been important because we have worked on different defensive work. We are looking much more of a unit now and together.
"It's very interesting. Man City and Arsenal are looking very good. It was an important game for us today because Man Utd are still a very good side but we won and kept very close to them as we have got a couple of big games coming up and we have to stay within touching distance."