Manchester United are looking to put one hand in the FA Cup table as they face Premier League top-4 rivals Chelsea in the semi-finals at Wembley! They were instead dealt a harsh reality check with a 1-3 loss, ending their FA Cup dreams. At the end of a terrible first-half for the Red Devils, Chelsea took the lead when Olivier Giroud flicked in from close to put his side ahead in style.
The Blues started the 2nd half as they finished the 1st, doubling their lead in the 46th minute when Mason Mount’s weak shot went through David De Gea’s arms into the net. Chelsea then added a third in the 74th minute when Antonio Rudiger forced an own goal from Harry Maguire.
Bruno Fernandes got a consolation thanks to his 85th-minute penalty. United’s 19-match unbeaten streak is broken and they honestly deserved it. That was a soulless display from a team who really didn’t care to win. Chelsea were hungrier, more clinical & got a deserved win. But the Red Devils must now pick themselves up and win the remaining PL games to ensure top-4 qualification.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.0) –
Solskjaer made a mistake reverting to a defensive 3-5-2 formation today as United played extremely poorly in that in the first-half and conceded late on as well. Changing the formation mid-way through the game didn’t help either and he just couldn’t motivate his team at half-time to turn things around.
Sees his undefeated streak broken in the worst possible fashion and he couldn’t light that fire in his team today. Needs to get things in order to win the important game against West Ham next week.
David de Gea (3.5) –
De Gea can expect a lot of shots at him today. Did well to punch away Reece James’ bolted shot in the 9th minute. Should’ve done better to save Giroud’s weak flick going past him. Made an even worse error for Mount’s goal, being unable to save a simple, weak shot from Mount. Made a few decent saves after that but poor again in conceding Rudiger’s goal, letting the ball past his near-post.
Didn’t deserve to start today ahead of Romero and does his reputation no good with today’s terrible display.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4.0)-
Wan-Bissaka’a weakness in the air is being targetted by Chelsea and almost cost him when Alonso beat him to a power header that went skating over early on. Then Alonso went past him to spray in the dangerous cross that led to Maguire’s OG. Subbed late on. That defensive genius Wan-Bissaka seems to have disappeared after the break.
Harry Maguire (3.5) –
Maguire has a difficult task against the bullish Giroud today. Was mostly bullied him instead. Should’ve done better to score in the 65th when he couldn’t head Bruno’s corner in an open goal. He unfortunately put one into his own net, with Rudiger’s rapid flick taking a deflection off him into the net to cap off a terrible day in suitable fashion. Just couldn’t be the leader his side needed him to be today.
Victor Lindelof (3.5) –
Lindelof’s playing to cover Williams today and looks pretty comfortable at that. But poor reaction timing costs him again as Giroud went past him to flick in the opener. Failed to show much composure at the back, being equally responsible for a poor defensive performance as his teammates.
Eric Bailly (6.0) –
The eccentric centre-back is up to his wild, risky defending right from the get-go. He actually did well with composed challenges and saved United from trouble on occasions, but had to go off after taking two nasty knocks to the head and seemingly suffering a concussion. Get well soon, Eric!
Brandon Williams (6.0) –
Passed a late fitness test but looks roaring with energy early on, winning every challenge he goes for! Couldn’t start the 2nd half in similar, fashion giving away the ball cheaply for Mount’s goal. Williams was one of the few players who showed a fight today, barging into strong tackles and showing urgency to win, but couldn’t find compliments from his teammates.
Nemanja Matic (5.0) –
Matic is playing against his former side today and looks comfortable dictating things from deep. Scuffed a great chance to get a consolation late on by botching a free header from a corner. Couldn’t bully midfielders or help United sustain pressure as he usually does.
Fred (5.0) –
The Brazilian gets a well-deserved start and looks lively in midfield. But when operating in an attacking role, Fred was extremely ineffective, being unable to find anything in the final third and sloppy with his passing.
Bruno Fernandes (7.0) –
Fernandes is United’s only creator-in-chief today and needs to be clever with his delivery. Got United’s first shot on target with his 32nd minute free-kick that was easily saved. Played a great cross-field through-ball to create Rashford’s chance in the 51st minute. Deserved his goal, scoring the penalty in ice-cold fashion. Tried creating all the time and was the only menace for Chelsea’s defence.
Daniel James (4.5) –
James impressed in recent meetings against Chelsea this season and will need to be very good to impress Ole today. Couldn’t get a grip in the game, failing to create anything nor being able to get a shot on goal.
Marcus Rashford (5.0) –
Rashford didn’t get any service whatsoever in the first-half, when United were quite defensive. Got a good chance to run through at goal in the 52nd, but his shot from a tight angle skirted wide. He was sloppy with his passing today, showing very little creativity and couldn’t threaten Chelsea as much as he’d want. Subbed late on.
Anthony Martial (6.5) –
Looked dangerous with his tricky movement and earned United the penalty late on after being taken down by Hudson-Odoi.
Mason Greenwood (5.5) –
Couldn’t really assert himself into the game after coming on during a difficult situation.
Paul Pogba (5.5) –
Was unable to make the impact expected from him and was booked in a frustrating cameo display.
Odion Ighalo (N/R) –
Showed impressive movement at times but didn’t get any delivery inside the penalty area.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (N/R) –
Looked decent with his defensive work towards the end.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Bruno Fernandes looked the only bright spark in this horrible display. He’s United MOTM, but the overall one probably goes to Giroud.