Man U slips further from elite with Chelsea loss
Man U's PL title defense falters further as Eto'o hat trick gives Chelsea 3-1 win over champs
Associated Press
2014-01-20 03:42 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United's title defense faltered further as a Samuel Eto'o-inspired Chelsea cast the champions further adrift from the Premier League elite with a 3-1 victory Sunday.

While Chelsea stayed two points behind leader Arsenal courtesy of Eto'o's hat trick, seventh-place United slipped 14 points from the summit this weekend.

And the gap from the Champions League places is growing, with Liverpool six points ahead in fourth. Tottenham is level on points with Liverpool, but behind on goal difference after beating Swansea 3-1 in Sunday's other game.

Changing managers has revitalized Tottenham, with Tim Sherwood collecting 16 out of 18 points since replacing Andre Villas-Boas, but United is sticking by David Moyes.

Alex Ferguson's successor, though, has overseen seven league losses this season - two more than last year's title-winning campaign.

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