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Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd: Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba give visitors victory

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Highlights: Chelsea 0-2 Man Utd

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said his team played "confused football" as Manchester United won at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The result throws Sarri's reign deeper into crisis, while United delivered the perfect response to their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to set up a last-eight tie against Wolves.

Ander Herrera converted Paul Pogba's perfect cross to give United a 31st-minute lead, and Pogba doubled the advantage right on half-time when he dived to head Marcus Rashford's delivery past Kepa Arrizabalaga, who should have done better.

As Chelsea slumped tamely to another damaging defeat, their fans turned on Sarri. They jeered his substitutions, mocked his 'Sarri-ball' philosophy, demanded the return of Frank Lampard as manager, and joined United's fans in chants of "you're getting sacked in the morning".

"We played confused football in the second half but in the first half we played well," said Sarri.

"I'm worried about the result but not about the fans' reaction because I understand the situation. I can understand our fans because the result wasn't really good and we are out of the FA Cup.

"I was really worried when I was in League Two in Italy, not now."

Solskjaer had no such problems as he took the loud acclaim of United's supporters after adding another impressive victory to his collection, despite the absence of the injured Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

"The performance was fantastic, our tactics worked," said United's interim manager. "It's a massive result."

The club's fans, who loudly sang the Norwegian's name, may not have the casting vote when the decision on the next manager is made, but they made their feelings about Solskjaer clear on another important night for the man who hopes to succeed Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis.

Solskjaer and United's perfect response

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Herrera nods Man Utd in front with 'stooping header'

Solskjaer has been presented with a series of key examinations since returning to Old Trafford after the sacking of Mourinho in mid-December.

One of his most crucial was how he would respond to his first serious setback - and how he would get his players to respond.

That setback duly arrived when United were well beaten by Paris St-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford, a 2-0 scoreline flattering a team who had given Solskjaer 10 wins and a draw from his previous 11 games.

The response, here at Stamford Bridge, was top class and represented another plus point for the Norwegian as he tries to build a body of evidence that will persuade executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and United's hierarchy to give him the job full-time.

Solskjaer was stripped of Lingard and Martial but still produced a positive gameplan based around aggression, the drive of Pogba and the pace of Rashford.

It enabled United to overcome their second tough test in the capital after winning at Arsenal in the fourth round, and kept Solskjaer right in the hunt for silverware.

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'Pogba at his absolute best' - Man Utd double lead at Chelsea

Sarri losing popular vote

Sarri's stock was high in the early weeks of the season as Chelsea kept pace with Manchester City and Liverpool, and optimism was in the air as the Italian made a good first impression in English football.

But as time ticked away here, Sarri felt the full force of Stamford Bridge's anger and disdain, frustration growing at the continuing decline in Chelsea's performances.

There was awkwardness in the air as his by now customary substitution of Mateo Kovacic with Ross Barkley was met with sarcastic applause before a four-letter verdict was delivered on the much-vaunted 'Sarri-ball' that was meant to bring entertainment and results to Chelsea.

There were even calls for the return of Lampard, taking his first steps in management at Derby County, as Sarri cut a solitary figure.

It was a night when patience snapped, the tide of opinion turned, and Sarri was given noisy confirmation he is losing the battle for hearts and minds at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were limp and uninspired, and Sarri - who arrived with a stellar reputation after his work with Napoli - looked at a loss as to what to do.

The Blues face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, and while it would be a bold decision for the club to sack him just days before that, it is hard to see Sarri surviving much longer as this was another grim 90 minutes.

Man of the match - Paul Pogba (Man Utd)

Paul Pogba
Pogba has been involved in a goal every 68 minutes in all competitions for United under Solskjaer, compared to every 210 minutes under Mourinho since August 2016

Chelsea's dire run - the best stats

  • Chelsea have lost exactly half of their past 10 games in all competitions (W5 L5), as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 41 (W28 D8).
  • United are the first team to eliminate both Arsenal and Chelsea in the same FA Cup campaign since the Red Devils themselves in 1998-99.
  • Chelsea failed to score for only the second time in their past 51 home games in cup competitions, also drawing a blank against Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final in January 2018 (0-0).
  • Chelsea only attempted two shots on target, with both coming in the 11th minute.
  • United had just 33.1% of the ball during the game, their lowest figure in a fixture any competition since March 2018 against Liverpool - a game they also won (32.1%).
  • Solskjaer has won 11 of his 13 games in charge of United, one more than Mourinho won in 2018-19 (10/24).
  • Since Solskjaer took charge of United on 19 December 2018, the only Premier League player to have had a hand in more goals for his club than Pogba (15) is Son Heung-Min (16).
  • Pogba has been directly involved in 15 goals in 12 games in all competitions under Solskjaer (9 goals, 6 assists), six more than he managed in 20 games under Mourinho this season (5 goals, 4 assists).
  • Since his debut in February 2016, Rashford has been directly involved in 63 goals in all competition for United (42 goals, 21 assists), more than any other player in that time.
  • Herrera netted his 20th goal for United in all competitions, but only his second header (also scoring with his head v Everton in the league in October 2015).

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forZappacostaat 82'minutes
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 60mins
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 7KantéBooked at 65mins
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forBarkleyat 71'minutes
  • 11PedroSubstituted forWillianat 58'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 8Barkley
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 22Willian
  • 27Christensen

Man Utd

  • 22Romero
  • 18YoungBooked at 21mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23Shaw
  • 21Herrera
  • 31MaticBooked at 15mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 8MataSubstituted forPereiraat 76'minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forMcTominayat 90+4'minutes
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forSánchezat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1De Gea
  • 3Bailly
  • 7Sánchez
  • 15Pereira
  • 17Fred
  • 20Dalot
  • 39McTominay
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
40,562

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Manchester United 2.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Gonzalo Higuaín (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Pereira (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Marcus Rashford.

Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta.

Foul by Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea).

Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Davide Zappacosta replaces César Azpilicueta.

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Barkley (Chelsea).

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Juan Mata.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Alexis Sánchez replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Booking

N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ander Herrera.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

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