LONDON - Chelsea supporters taunted Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with chants of "You're not special anymore!" as his Stamford Bridge return yielded a humiliating 4-0 defeat on Sunday.

With seven major titles across two spells, Mourinho is Chelsea's most successful ever manager, but his return to his old stomping ground ended in one of the most chastening results of his career. Pedro Rodriguez opened the scoring after just 30 seconds and Chelsea did not look back, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante completing an emphatic Premier League victory.

It was a fitting tribute to former Chelsea vice-chairman Matthew Harding, whose death in a helicopter crash 20 years ago was marked prior to kick-off with banners and a giant flag. Antonio Conte's side have now won three consecutive league games without conceding a goal and climbed to fourth place, just a point below leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mourinho, in stark contrast, has already tasted defeat three times in the league with United, who trail City by six points ahead of Wednesday's Manchester derby in the League Cup fourth round. The team sheet told a tale of two captains: United's, Wayne Rooney, was absent after reportedly injuring his thigh, while Chelsea's, John Terry, remained on the bench following an ankle injury.

Mourinho was greeted warmly by Terry and former assistant Steve Holland prior to the game, sharing a warm embrace with the former, but Chelsea's hospitality vanished within 30 seconds of kick-off. Chris Smalling inexplicably allowed Marcos Alonso's pass from Chelsea's left to bounce past him and Pedro nipped in to round United goalkeeper David de Gea and roll the ball home. More slack defending allowed Chelsea to double their lead in the 21st minute, Cahill slamming home after Hazard's corner had struck Ander Herrera and bounced down inside the six-yard box.

It was an ideal first half for Chelsea, but David Luiz was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after planting his studs in Marouane Fellaini's knee five minutes before half-time.

But in the 62nd minute it was game over. Nemanja Matic's pass down the inside-left channel found Hazard, who checked inside Smalling and steered a shot into the bottom-right corner. Kante completed the rout, darting between Smalling and the sleep-walking Paul Pogba to tuck away his first Chelsea goal since his close-season switch from Leicester City.

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-1 draw home to Southampton but the performance again raised questions over the title credentials of Pep Guardiola's team.

The stalemate was a fifth consecutive game without a victory for City, as Kelechi Iheanacho's eighth goal in his last 11 league games cancelled out Nathan Redmond's first-half opener for Southampton, which owed much to an extraordinary mistake by City defender John Stones.

City, after winning their first 10 games under Spanish coach Guardiola, have suffered a major dip in form. "We have to analyse what is the situation," Guardiola told the BBC. "In the period, apart from at White Hart Lane against Tottenham (losing 2-0) it's been good. Against Everton and Barcelona -- when it was 11 v 11 -- the displays were as good as those in the first 10 games."

Results

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United

Manchester City 1-1 Southampton