David De Gea’s disastrous evening cost Manchester United a chance to win the glory of the FA Cup as Chelsea rightly hosted a London final against Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard put their Premier League top four battle on the back burner for the day as the club greats focused on the possibility of bidding for more silverware they had collected so much during their days of play.
United had won the previous three meetings of the season between the teams, but Chelsea largely triumphed in Sunday’s semi-final, with De Gea in the shooting line after his role as Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount claiming a 3- win. 1.
“I watched the [Arsenal] match last night, we know how they play, the manager, the London derby a big, big game, it’s going to be very hard. We will need to show a similar character and discipline if we are to achieve this result. ”
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring, spoke to the BBC …
“I told the boys I would like to win another one, it would be my fifth FA Cup and we are in another final. A great game against Arsenal which will be so special for me personally.
“We played really well and we want to finish in the top three in the Premier League now.
“We played three at the back, it’s been a while since we did but we started really well. We put them under pressure and they didn’t create much. We dominated the game. “
Chelsea were the best team from start to finish and are rightly in their ninth final this century. Another sign of the progress made by Frank Lampard, who set up his tactics. United were poor, but Lampard has to be recognized.
So it will be Chelsea vs Arsenal back here in two weeks in a repeat of the 2017 and 2002 finals.
Arsenal won both – can Frank Lampard’s men turn the tide?
FULL TIME | Man United 1-3 Chelsea |
90 + 6 minutes: Almost a quarter. Nice connection between Abraham and Hudson-Odoi and the latter makes his way into the box but is triggered.
90 + 1 minutes: We play six minutes of overtime …
James Robson, Manchester correspondent
United have been so poor and can consider themselves lucky to have something to show for such a limp display.
The fault can be pointed out from many directions – notably De Gea. But it’s also on Solskjaer. He chose his team badly.
Norwich led them to the brink of penalties when the quarter changes sounded, but Solskjaer did not learn his lesson. Too many changes cost his rhythm side and they paid for it.
This jump and familiar jump, Fernandes sends Caballero the wrong way.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was the man who gave the penalty, knocking down Martial. Too little, too late, surely?
85 minutes: penalty for Man United!
83 minutes: Odion Ighalo is for United, but the fact that Rashford was the man who made way probably tells you that Solskjaer has given up on the ghost.
79 minutes: A huge chance. Nemanja Matic is unmarked at the back and has a free header but completely confuses him, heading for the bridge and above the bar.
Game over. A home goal from Harry Maguire sums up United’s afternoon and there is no turning back. Chelsea have been excellent and will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month. What an afternoon of Frank Lampard. His young side has come of age today.
That sums it all up and it will surely now be Chelsea vs Arsenal back here next month.
Marcos Alonso plays a low ball at the near post and it looks like Antonio Rudiger passed it past De Gea, but he actually came out of Maguire.
71 min: In the last 20 minutes. Can United find a goal to organize a dazzling final?
You can see the tension in United players. It is a situation they are not used to. They might have been on a winning streak, but these are the games where you need that know-how and that inner belief to change course.
These players weren’t part of a team that knows how to do that.
As such, you see Wan-Bissaka and Williams making silly mistakes when in possession, instead keeping their cool and playing their game.
65 minutes: Excellent defense. Fernandes forms a free kick down the middle and you can see Harry Maguire’s eyes light up as he walks towards him at the back post, but James has done his due diligence and made it past him.
58 minutes: It would have been curtains. Willian feeds James and his low cross crosses the goal face to face but Mount cannot be free to convert him.
Alonso keeps him alive, coming back to Giroud and De Gea makes small fines with a great one-handed save to keep his lead.
55 minutes: No real surprise as to who is giving way – Daniel James and Fred are dragging themselves around and United now have the top six on the pitch, which I suspect Solskjaer regrets not having started.
55 minutes: An ash-faced Solskjaer is preparing some changes. It looks like Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood are imminent.
Manchester United lineup: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, James, Rashford
Submarines: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Andreas, Mata, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Ighalo, Martial
Chelsea lineup: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Willian, Giroud, Mount
Submarines: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Pulisic, Abraham
One-on-one history and results (H2H)
As previously mentioned, United have beaten Chelsea three times this quarter – twice in the League and once in the EFL Cup.
The Red Devils are undefeated in their last six games against the Blues, and also have a history of their own with 81 wins against 54 for Chelsea, as well as 51 draws.
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