After all the pre-game hype and festivities, it didn't take long for the match to kick into high gear either. Thirty seconds in fact, thanks to a first-time ball over the top from Marcos Alonso, a bit of uncertainty in the Manchester United defense, and a sneaky Pedro nipping in and slotting easily into the back of the open net.
A perfect, dream start.
Chelsea didn't let up, and a second followed after more sloppy United defending on a Hazard corner. Gary Cahill was in the right place at the right time to smash home and double Chelsea's lead. Cahill doesn't score much (he's a defender, after all), but he's consistent!
The chances were coming thick and fast for rampant Chelsea, though we did escape a good chance by Ibrahimovic as he isolated himself on Cesar Azpilicueta. That's a matchup United are clearly looking to exploit, but so far, no damage done.
As the half wore on, United slowly grew into the game. Chelsea meanwhile have gotten sloppier, and have created a couple shaky moments in the back. David Luiz got himself booked for an ugly challenge on Fellaini. Some re-focusing will be needed at half-time, especially as Mourinho is sure to make some changes. Former Chelsea hero Juan Mata had been seen warming up.
Two-nil to the good. So far so good. But the job is only half done.
COME ON, CHELSEA!