Report: Chelsea hammer United to cruise into FA Cup final

Mason Mount completed the rout for Chelsea who thrashed Manchester United 3-1 to book an FA Cup final spot with Arsenal.

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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer sprung a few surprises in his starting XI, with Eric Bailly slotting in at the back, Nemanja Matic returning and Fred taking Paul Pogba’s place in the heart of midfield.

The United boss also brought back youngster Brandon Williams after he missed the win over Crystal Palace with a concussion. In-form duo Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial dropped to the bench, while there was a place upfront for Daniel James.

Frank Lampard opted for Willy Caballero in goal, while Christian Pulisic started from the bench. Mason Mount and Reece James also earned starts.

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Chelsea and Man United in FA Cup action (Image: Chelsea Twitter)

First half

It was a rather composed start from both sides who cautioulsy kept possession of the ball earlier on.

United were first to go on the attack with James putting in a cross from the right, but the Chelsea defence dealt with it well.

In the ninth minute, the Blues overturned possession and James charged in the centre towards the United goal before unleashing a 25-yard shot but David De Gea produced a one-handed block.

Chelsea had a chance to take the lead in the 14th minute after Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross found Marcos Alonso at the far post but the Spaniard could only balloon it over the bar.

Lampard’s charges went on the attack once again with Azpilicueta delivering another cross but it was cleared this time around by Bailly.

United were under immense pressure from Chelsea and saw Mount try his luck from just outside the box but Harry Maguire did enough to block the youngster’s shot for a corner.

In the 30th minute, United were awarded a free-kick on the egde of the box after Mateo Kovacic clutched on Fred from behind. Bruno Fernandes stepped over it to curl it over the wall but Caballero got to it to tip it over the bar.

Mount had a chance to break the deadlock moments later on after getting on a shot from the edge of the box but it ended safely in De Gea’s hands.

Kurt Zouma had half a chance after getting in on the end of Mount’s cross from the left but his header sailed well over.

The Reds were dealt a huge blow on the stroke of halftime after Bailly was stretchered off the park after suffering a cut on the head following a had injury involving Maguire. His place was taken by Anthony Martial.

United were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty after Martial was kicked in mid-air by Zouma, with referee Mike Dean waving play on.

Chelsea eventually took the lead after Olivier Giroud benefited from Azpilicueta’s cross from the right to poke past De Gea and make it 1-0 as the sides headed for the interval.

Second half

Chelsea wasted no time in increasing their lead, and were 2-0 up in the 47th minute through Mount.

Giroud missed a chance to grab his second of the evening after being played though by Mount from the left but he missed to control the ball which went out for a goal kick.

Marcus Rashford came to the closest for United in the 51st minute after racing through on the far left but his shot shaved the face of goal with no one close by to tap it in.

United had another sniff at goal in the 55th minute after Aaron Wan-Bissaka played a cross into the box but Maguire’s header was too tame for Caballero who made a comfortable save.

Mount almost made it 3-0 moments later after combining well with Willian but his shot from inside the box sailed over the bar.

Chelsea were fired up and Giroud came close to getting his brace but his deflected shot brought out a great save in De Gea who palmed it to safety before Williams cleared it.

A chance in the 64th minute fell to Maguire from Fernandes’ corner but he headed wide with Caballero well out of goal.

James pulled out a great save in De Gea after United failed to clear their lines but De Gea pulled off a one-handed save.

Maguire then turned the ball into his onw net in the 73rd minute to give Chelsea a 3-0 lead, killing all hopes of United launching any come back.

A consolation goal finally came for United in the 84th minute after they were awarded a penalty following Callum Hudson-Odoi’s foul on Martial. Fernandes stepped up and calmly converted to make it 3-1.

Starting XI:

Man United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, James, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Andreas, Mata, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Ighalo, Martial.

Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Willian, Giroud, Mount

Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Pulisic, Abraham.