Chelsea have one hand on the Premier League title after Eden Hazard fired them to a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho's third Premier League title, and Chelsea's first for five years, could be just 11 days away after Hazard's 38th-minute strike rounded off a neat move and put them 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal.
And if they win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday week, Chelsea could be crowned champions at Leicester three days later.
Chelsea were not pretty but will likely be champions. Manchester United at times oozed with aesthetic qualities, but proved themselves short of the exacting standards that will be required if they should meet their pretensions of becoming English football's best team.
Their time may come, and there were signs that they might soon be capable of duking it out with Chelsea, but the final result was a lesson served by an opponent whose success lies in getting matches won with optimum efficiency.