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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

JOSE Mourinho believes Manchester United's hopes of a successful Premier League title defence are all but over following Chelsea's 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick as Chelsea moved two points behind leaders Arsenal and a point behind second-placed Manchester City in a result which leaves seventh-placed United now 14 points adrift of the summit.

Mourinho thinks David Moyes will be unable to overturn the deficit to all three teams in the remaining 16 games of the season.

The Chelsea boss said: "It's a 14-point difference. And 13. And 12. Can they recover to one of these teams? They can. But to recover to three of them, it needs three teams to have almost a collapse."

United captain Vidic, sent off late in the game for a challenge on Eden Hazard, agreed.

"I think now we are too far behind. We have to focus now to get in the top three, top four. We have to be positive and focus on the Cup and the Champions League," Vidic said.

However, United boss David Moyes blasted Mourinho's claim, saying: "We won't throw the towel in until we can't get there.

"The job is to try and finish first. I will keep trying to do that."

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