Chelsea 0-2 Man United: Pogba masterclass stuns Stamford Bridge

On to the next round! (Photo Credits: Evening Standard)

Anand JC

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba assisted one and then scored one to knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup in a 5th round match at the Stamford Bridge today.

Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial missed the match because of an injury but that wasn’t a hurdle for Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took his tally to 11 wins in 13 matches in charge. United pressed Chelsea relentlessly, forcing them to lose possession often. Pogba took advantage of one such situation when Juan Mata won the ball, controlled it well and passed on to Pogba who whipped it sublimely into the box only to find Ander Herra running in completely unmarked in the 31st minute. Herrera headed in the ball to put United ahead. Just a few minutes before the break, Pogba headed in a cross from Marcus Rashford to put United 2-0 ahead, virtually to the next round.

 

Today was a much better performance from the Blues in comparison to the one when they were mauled by Manchester City at the Etihad. It was a tactical masterclass from Ole, who has completed a rout of London after beating Tottenham Hotspurs, Arsenal and now Chelsea. The first half was more about the United attack and the second was about the United defense.

Tough night for Hazard who found himself snuffed out by Ashley Young and Ander Herrera
(Photo Credits: Football London)

Times are tough for Maurizio Sarri, who has faced severe criticism from fans and pundits alike. Things got so bad that the Chelsea fans started hurling abuses at Sarri, while the traveling Reds chanted asking the Blues to bring back Mourinho.

It was a good reaction from United who came to London fresh from a Champions League defeat to Paris Saint Germain. “You want to see a reaction. There’s a balance between being too eager (and not) after losing a game, so this was brilliant,” Ole said. It was yet another fruitless night for the frustrated Alexis Sanchez who is yet to make an impact worthy of his wage bill.

This is United’s best chance at a trophy this season. With Chelsea out, Manchester City and Manchester United are the only top-flight teams left in the FA Cup. If Ole wants the permanent job, a dream job for him, winning this trophy would be ample justification. His handling of Pogba, which is proving to be much better than the way ex-boss Mourinho did, is a decent justification in itself. Pogba under Ole has been involved in 15 goals in the 12 matches that he has played. Pogba’s performances have been credited in United’s surge into the top 4.

 

(as seen on a TV Broadcast)