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Chelsea - Manchester United
The Emirates FA Cup - 18 February 2019
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Hazard is tackled by a Young slide tackle on the left. Corner for Chelsea. Romero claims it... and that's full time. The boos come for Sarri after a pretty unimpressive performance from Chelsea. United were good, so much better than a few months back, but they were barely tested once they went ahead.
- OffMarcus RashfordManchester United
- OnScott McTominayManchester United
Marcus Rashford walks off slowly, applauding the fans, as he is replaced by Scott McTominay.
Pogba and Rashford fight with Rudiger and Willian for the ball in the corner, trying to kill the game.
There will be five minutes of added time.
The last minute of normal time sees Shaw take his sweet time with a throw on the left, and now United have a free kick when Sanchez gets fouled just inside his half.
Hazard is able to keep up with Rashford as he looked set to break free and attack, with the Belgian working harder than almost anyone on the team.
United are employing a TBOF formation now.
Pogba and Sanchez break forward, with the Chilean looking for Pereira. It's overhit and he tries to keep hold of it instead of continue attacking.
A corner on the right for Chelsea.
- OffCésar AzpilicuetaChelsea
- OnDavide ZappacostaChelsea
Zappacosta on for Azpilicueta.
Willian pulls away Matic in the corner, and the ref blows just as it looks like Azpilicueta can burst to the touchline and into the box.
Just over 10 minutes or so to go now.
A zesty tackle from Alonso on Rashford is a fair one, but clearly an effed-off one. Free kick to United.
- OffJuan MataManchester United
- OnAndreas PereiraManchester United
Pereira comes on for Mata.
Sanchez wins the ball high up the pitch, finds Rashford, and he rattles a defender's legs.
Luiz goes in two-footed on Rashford, but he was nowhere near the striker and did no harm. Still a stupid decision from Luiz.
- OffRomelu LukakuManchester United
- OnAlexis SánchezManchester United
Lukaku off for Sanchez.
- OffMateo KovacicChelsea
- OnRoss BarkleyChelsea
Barkley on for Kovacic.
Willian lines up the free kick, 25 yards out. He gets it over the wall, but it drifts a fair few yards over.
Chelsea have a free kick as Hazard is tripped by both Mata and Herrera, 25 yards from goal. The set piece is just to the left of the D.
Lindelof volleys out Willian's cross from the right. United are stuck in their own half now.
United seem happy to stick deep and compact, occasionally playing up to Lukaku, or giving Rashford something to chase.
- Yellow cardN'Golo KantéChelsea
Rashford chases a long ball down the right and Kante brings him down to get a booking. Play restarts after VAR checks a potential penalty for Chelsea following a bit of manhandling on Rudiger in the box moments earlier, but nothing is given.
Hazard cuts in from the right after selling Lindelof. He comes onto his left and rifles a shot at goal from about eight yards out and somehow Lindelof gets a toe to it to send a shot just over.
United have a corner after a throw bounces off Alonso. Mata takes, curling into the box, and the ref blows for a foul.
Around half an hour to go for Chelsea now.
- Yellow cardAntonio RüdigerChelsea
Rudiger goes through the back of Mata, booting him into the air and really earning that yellow card.
Pogba can't hold off Azpilicueta, who pokes the ball against Lindelof for a corner, which again brings nothing.
Willian is on for Pedro.
Matic knees away the cross with both United players OK to continue.
Hazard almost slips in Pedro on the right, Shaw hooks it away at the last moment, and both Shaw and Romero colide with a thud.
Nothing from the second corner.
Lindelof stretches to send a ball over the top out for a corner. United are under pressure in this half, and the corner is headed out for another.
Matic is pushing his luck now. He went in late on Kante, not too hard, but probably not so much that Friend is willing to risk a booking.
Matic is penalised for tackling Hazard. It's hard to tell what Kevin Friend is going for there. That's a rubbish decision, on first and second look.
Rashford does brilliantly to sprint past three players on the break, skipping around Azpiliueta, and he centres for Lukaku only to see the ball cut out.
Smalling and Lindelof stretch to prevent Higuain's shot from a tight angle getting through, and the corner comes to nothing.
United are happy to see a cross from Azpiluceta eventually ricochet off the defender and out for a goal kick.
- 2nd Half
We go again.
That's it, see you in 15 minutes.
There will be two minutes of added time at least.
- GoalPaul PogbaManchester United
GOAL! Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United. Pogba scores - Pogba sends a ball out wide for Rashford. He hsa time for a cross, picks out Rashford, who leans into a leap and drills it towards goal, whose weak hand can't keep it out.
Lindelof on hand to clear the ball from the danger area - he is much improved this season.
Herrera aims - possibly - for Shaw - possibly - but the volley drifts out of play.
Hazard is down, clutching his thigh as Rashford caught him with some follow through - he's up and able to continue.
Lukaku tries to slip in Rashford's run but the defence cut it out.
Young hoofs a long pass for Rashford to chase, but it drifts out of play.
Give it Ole til end of season.
Pedro mishits a cross, sending it just a few inches wide of the post as Romero scrambles.
10 minutes of the half left for Chelsea to get in a commanding 4-1 lead.
Luiz tries to finds Azpilicueta with a diagonal ball out wide, but it's overhit.
- GoalAnder HerreraManchester United
GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United. Herrera scores - Mata finds Pogba on the left, who scoops a lovely cross to Herrera, unmarked at the back post, and he kills the ball to send a header across Kepa and into the net.
United taken an age to clear a cross but Chelsea have it back until Young tackles Kovacic.
Pedro finds Hazard, but his pass into the middle of the box is cut out.
United have the ball in defence, but switch the ball around pretty swiftly.
The ball runs to Kepa to clear and he scuffs his clearance, allowing it to almost run into the net before it was scrambled away.
Hazard fires in a low cross for Azpilicueta at the near post and it's just slightlly wrong, running to Romero.
- Yellow cardAshley YoungManchester United
Young absolutely clatters Pedro, late and into his back as he tried but failed to win the ball. Young is not an especially nasty player but he deserved the booking.
Rashford fires in a free kick from 25 yards out, on the left hand corner of the box, and it bounces into the arms of Kepa who saves well.
Azpilicueta curls in a cross for Higuain, and he heads unmarked just wide of the bottom corner.
Higuain can't make the most of Jorginho's through ball, the first touch taking him to the touchline and his shot from a tight, tight angle floats over.
Matic clips the legs of Hazard in the center circle and gets himself a booking.
Herrera is teed up with room to shoot from 25 yards, and the firm strike forces Kepa into a leap to his left to beat away.
Luiz loops a free kick over the wall, Romero has to beat it away, and Pedro volleys an effort into the 'keeper's chest before he collects.
Kovacic has gone to ground holding his coupon, but the ball is put out of play. He got a hand in the face from Herrera which could well have been either snide or accidental. Free kick to Chelsea, 25 yards out, and to the left.
Matic floats an excellent pass to the back post for Smalling, and he heads straight at Kepa. It wasn't a great header, but it would have taken an exceptional one to loop it over the 'keeper.
Pogba trundles down the left, picks out Rashford with a cross, and Alonso bundles him over outside the box.
Kante drives forward, finds Pedro to his right, and he drills in a low cross for Romero, who I will forgetfully call De Gea at least once tonight, to claim.
Kepa sends it long under pressure, and United briefly win it in midfield.
A loose ball comes to Lukaku on the penalty spot, and he hooks a left foot volley well over the bar.
Lots of poor passing from both sides in midfield sees United win a throw on the left.
Kepa chips a ball out to Alonso on the left, and they move forward with some deft passes under pressure. United have it back, it slipped out left to Lukaku who sends in a low cross to the near post that Luiz slides to put behind.
- 1st Half
The match gets underway.
Here's the first comment from noted thinker Shivam.
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The BBC are putting on a very challenging pre-match video. I have no idea what the thought process was behind that, but there you go.
Manchester United have a much weaker first XI than Solskjaer would have been planning for. The injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial threaten to disrupt United's good run under their new manager, following a loss to PSG last week. As well as that, David de Gea is dropped in favour of the generally reliable reserve Sergio Romero.
Chelsea start with what Maurizio Sarri would probably consider to be his strongest eleven. The only gripe that a sizeable group of fans would have, I imagine, is that Callum Hudson-Odoi is on the bench.
Here's what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to say about Alexis Sanchez: "We know there is a very good player there. It's like the ketchup bottle. When it comes, it comes, and I'm sure he'll be fine."
Gianfranco Zola has spoken about the difficulties Maurizio Sarri is going through: "What we’re trying to do is ambitious in a competitive league, and it’s not easy. But we believe it’s the right way and we carry on. Two years ago people were probably asking the same questions of Pep Guardiola. Asking if he’d keep playing out from the back all the time. He said that was not under discussion and was just part of his game, even in difficult moments. Maybe he adapted. He has improved a lot in that respect because he got his team defending, pressing and attacking better. He has adjusted something, but not the way he saw football. You have to admire what Pep has done. Certainly he’s a good inspiration: not everything comes together straight away.”
TEAMS: Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud. /// Manchester United: Romero, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford. Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Dalot, Fred, McTominay, Andreas, Alexis.
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