London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Chelsea took another big step toward securing the Premier League title on Saturday as Eden Hazard's goal in the 38th minute was enough to help the Blues to a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
The result moves Chelsea 10 points clear of second-place Arsenal with six games remaining, while United remains four points ahead of fourth-place Manchester City, which can close that gap with a win over West Ham on Sunday.
United nearly got off to a great start in the opening four minutes when Luke Shaw got down the left wing and pulled the ball back for Wayne Rooney, who curled a left-footed shot just wide of the post.
Chelsea played a fairly cautious first half but made the most of a chance in the 38th to break the deadlock.
Oscar received a pass from Cesc Fabregas with his back to goal and released Hazard with a clever backheel. The Belgian tracked the ball down inside the area on the left and tucked his shot underneath goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post.
Hazard nearly had a second goal in the 53rd when Didier Drogba chipped a shot over the head of De Gea that was heading wide of the net. Hazard got to the ball just before its crossed the end line and attempted to flick it inside the post, but it struck the woodwork and stayed out.
Chelsea was content to keep hold of the lead and sat back at times, allowing United to press the action.
But the best chance the visitors had to level the match came in the 78th minute when Radamel Falcao held off his defender and lashed a shot off the outside of the post with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leaning the opposite way.
In other action on Saturday, Leicester City won its third successive game to climb off the bottom of the league thanks to a 2-0 win over Swansea City that saw Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King score goals for the Foxes, who sit in the bottom three on goal difference.
Southampton's Champions League ambitions took a big hit with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City, which used second-half goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Charlie Adam to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
West Bromwich moved eight points clear of the bottom three by notching a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace with goals from James Morrison and Craig Gardner, while Kevin Mirallas scored in the 29th minute to lift Everton to a 1-0 win over Burnley, which was reduced to 10 men just before halftime after Ashley Barnes received his second yellow card.