Manchester United keep a clean sheet and put three goals past a disappointing Chelsea side at Old Trafford. United move up to third and victories in their two games in hand will put them top before Liverpool play Everton next Monday.

Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his rampant side after the 3-0 victory.

"It was a great night for us," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"They (Chelsea) had a lot of good possession at times and they're a threat when they get possession.

"They've got so many clever players, but we defended well at the 18-yard line so I don't think they really had a clear-cut chance.

"On the other side our attacking was good and we had some good chances even in the first half, it was a good result.

"We have all the main teams at home and we need to win those games, we have Wigan on Wednesday which will be a tough game.

"We have eight games in January so it's a big test for us."