As it happened: Chelsea progress to final of the Emirates FA Cup with a convincing 3-1 win over Manchester United


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Post-match analysis

Manchester United suffered defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup and they've fallen at the same stage in the FA Cup.  The result also puts an end to United's run of 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

The two days added rest for Frank Lampard could have quite possibly had an impact on the result, as United were sluggish all over the pitch, especially in their passing.

However, take nothing away from Chelsea. Lampard got his tactics spot on, pressing United high, which Solskjaer's side failed to deal with.

Olivier Giroud was mightily impressive, took the opening goal in first-half stoppage time well and thoroughly deserved the man of the match award.

David De Gea had a day to forget and for a keeper of his quality, he will feel he should have done better with all three goals. Then again, so will most of United's defence.

A day to forget for the Red Devils, while this will live long in the memory for Blues fans, who still have a top 4 finish, the Champions League quarter-final and an FA Cup final to contend for.

Full-time: Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea avenge their three defeats to United this season by putting on an impressive display over the Red Devils in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Blues will face Arsenal in the final on 1 August.

Post-match analysis to follow.

90+1' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea substitution: 

OFF: Mount

ON: Pedro

90' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

The fourth official indicates 6 minutes of added time.

89' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

Giroud is deservedly awarded the MOTM.

86' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea substitution: 

OFF: Kovacic

ON: Loftus-Cheek

85' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea

Fernandes converts United's 19th penalty of the season sending Caballero the wrong way. 


85' Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea


85' Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea

PENALTY: Hudson-Odoi brings down Martial. 

81' Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea

2 changes from either side

ON: Ighalo, Fosu-Mensah

OFF: Rashford, Wan-Bissaka. 

ON: Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

OFF: Giroud, Willian

74' Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea

It's an own goal! 

Maguire turns into his own net, flashing the ball past De Gea at the near post under the challenge of Rudiger.

74' Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea


71' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Pogba is shown a yellow card for a stretching challenge on Kovacic. 

68' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

There's been to many misplaced passes from United in the match so far. 

We're now at the time of the second half drinks break. 

65' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

CHANCE: Caballero misses the ball from a corner, but Maguire is unable to guide his header goalwards.

63' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Greenwood wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal, which James heads over for a corner.

58' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

CHANCE: De Gea paws away Giroud's deflected left-footed shot with his right glove.

Chelsea are going for the kill, as United are unable to find any rhythm. 

57' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Mount blazes over after a lovely free-flowing Chelsea move.

56' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Maguire heads into the gloves of Caballero.

He should have done better with that opportunity. 

56' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Solskjaer makes a double change.

ON: Pogba, Greenwood

OFF: Fred, James 

52' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

CHANCE: Fernandes plays a lovely lofted pass through to Rashford, who screws his left-footed shot from inside the box just wide.

50' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Giroud is unable to control the ball at the near post from Mount's low left-winged cross. 


46' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea

Mount doubles the lead with his right-footed strike from 20 yards! However, that has to go down as a terrible goalkeeping error from De Gea, who really should have kept that one out!

It came after Williams gifted away the ball. 

46' Manchester United 0-2 Chelsea


46' Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea get the second half action back underway at Wembley.

A big second half needed from the Red Devils if they're to get back into this match. 

No substitutions from either side at the break.

Half-time: Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

After a stop-start first half, Giroud's goal gives Chelsea the lead at the break. 

45+11' Manchester United 0-1Chelsea

De Gea gets a hand to Giroud's near post stab at the ball, but the ball dribbles over the line. The striker managed to get across Lindelof too easily from Azpilicueta's cross.

Chelsea lead! 


45+11' Manchester United 0-1Chelsea


45+9' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Martial is now down after a challenge from Zouma. 

United appealed for a penalty, but Mike Dean and VAR say no penalty. 

45+6' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Play is back underway as Bailly is stretchered off by medical professionals. 

45+2 Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

This looks like a very serious injury with Bailly now being attended to on the sidelines by medical experts. 

Play is yet to continue. 

45+2' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

The Manchester United captain is able to continue, but Bailly is replaced by Martial.

It looks like United are going to change to a back four. 

5 minutes of added time were added by the fourth official. 

42' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Maguire and Bailly go down after an aerial collision.

The United physios are on the pitch once again. 

39' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Zouma heads over the bar from Mount's left-winged cross. 


36' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Kovacic swipes out at Fernandes, bringing him down 30 yards from goal. 

That will be the Croatian's final warning. 

33' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

De Gea saves Mount's drive comfortably. 

33' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

That was one of the only times United have been able to attack in Chelsea's final third. 

32' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Kovacic trips Fred in a free-kick position 25 yards from goal.

Fernandes steps over the free-kick and curls the ball over the wall, which Caballero tips over the bar for a corner.


27' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Maguire brings down Giroud in a promising free-kick position. 

Mount delivers a teasing ball to, which goes out of play for a United goal kick.  


24' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

The physio is on after Fernandes went down from Azpilicueta's challenge. 

It's now the first-half water break.

23' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Mount's powerful shot is well-blocked by Maguire. 

Nothing comes from the resulting corner. 


20' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

United are really struggling to get the ball off Chelsea, who are dominating the possession.

16' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea have had the better chances in the opening 15 minutes, with James testing De Gea and Alonso heading over from close range.

15' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

CHANCE: Alonso heads over at the back post from Azpilacueta's cross. 

Wan-Bissaka was getting nowhere near that.

14' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Fernandes looks to play Rashford in behind, but Zouma blocks the pass.

That's the second time Bruno has looked place a pass behind Chelsea's defence. 

10' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

SAVE: De Gea parries away James' right-footed strike from 25-yards.

That was the first shot of the match. 

07' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Bailly goes down holding his Achilles from Mount's challenge. He's okay to continue and the play is back underway. 

04' Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea

Both sides have settled well and are exchanging possession in the midfield. 

01' Kick-off

The match is underway with United kicking from right to left in their traditional red and white colours. 

Before kick-off, both teams showed their solidarity to the Black Lives Matter Campaign by taking the knee. 

5-minute warning!

The players are on their way out to the pitch, abiding by the appropriate Coronavirus guidelines.

We're almost ready to get underway at Wembley!

The man with the whistle

Mike Dean who most recently oversaw the 1-1 draw between Burnley and Wolves, takes control of the semi-final this evening.

The 52-year-old referee has already taken charge of six United games this season, the last of which was United’s 5-2 victory over Bournemouth.

Kick-off now just 15 minutes away!

The stage is set - Kick-off now just 30 minutes away!

Chelsea boss aware of United's threat after three consecutive defeats to Reds

Lampard added: "They counter-attacked us at Old Trafford to great effect, pretty similar at the Bridge, so I won’t go short on those details, but what I won’t get caught up in is that we must have revenge because of that.

"We respect them as what they are: a very good team with very good individuals in very good form.

"When players with such high quality and speed as the Manchester United forwards travel quickly, you have to move your feet and not dive in on them."

Lampard on winning FA Cup

Lampard won the FA Cup four times as a player and his father, Frank Lampard senior, was also triumphant with West Ham in 1975 and 1980, while his uncle Harry Redknapp was the last English manager to win the tournament, with Portsmouth 12 years ago. 

"I was fortunate enough to win it as a player,’ said Lampard. 

"I grew up on it and those wins of my Dad in ’75 and ’80, so I have a strong feeling about the FA Cup, and that has never changed for me as the years have gone by.

"Now I am manager every cup you’re in you want to do your best to win it, and it wouldn’t fall short on me the pride of being able to walk out the club I love at Wembley.

"Even for a semi-final, it’s a huge game against Manchester United, and I will be very proud on Sunday.’

Lampard makes 3 changes

Caballero starts in goal ahead of Arrizabalaga, Reece James starts and Mason Mount is preferred to Christian Pulisic, who is benched. 

David De Gea retains place

Sergio Romero has started in all of United's previous FA Cup matches, but David De Gea is preferred in between the sticks.

5 changes for Reds

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes 5 changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-0 last time out.

James is preferred to Greenwood on the wing, Fred and Matic are implemented in the holding positions for Pogba and McTominay, Williams starts ahead of Fosu-Mensah and Bailly comes into the Starting XI.

Chelsea: Starting XI (3-4-3)

Manchester United: Starting XI (3-4-1-2)

Last time out

Chelsea beat already-relegated Norwich City by a solitary goal to nil at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, courtesy of Giroud's headed goal. United beat Crystal Palace away from home 2-0 last Thursday thanks to goals from Rashford and Martial.

Quarter-final recap

In the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Manchester United needed extra-time to win against Norwich. Ighalo's goal opened the scoring, Cantwell equalised, but Maguire's 118th-minute goal ensured the win.

Two players out, one back

Solskjaer does not know if he will be able to count on Luke Shaw, as the full-back did not feature in the game against Crystal Palace. However, Matic could return, whilst Lindelof is spared.

Possible lineup for Man United

Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford and Martial.

Possible lineup for Chelsea

Chelsea could start Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Jorgino, Kovacic, Mount; William, Pulisic and Abraham.

Video Hightlights of last Chelsea vs Manchester United game

Chelsea's Overall H2H record vs Man Utd

Won: 81

Drawn: 51

Lost: 54

Chelsea's FA Cup H2H Record vs Man Utd

Won: 5

Drawn: 2 (of which were replayed)

Lost: 9

It's Matchday!

Arsenal into final

Manchester United or Chelsea will face Arsenal in the final of the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final on 1 August.

It comes after the Gunners beat Manchester City 2-0!

Final details

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Lampard acknowledges United’s threats and praises Pulisic

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, the Chelsea boss acknowledged: “We know they’re playing well. They have a very potent front three, probably the most potent front three in the country on pure numbers anyway and obviously (Bruno) Fernandes has made a huge difference since arriving in January.

“You see the strength that’s brought to their team with individual quality but we know that. We have to be confident in ourselves, deal with their threats and worry about us as well.”


Lampard was also full of praise for Christian Pulisic, who has notched three times since the restart.

“I’ve seen real improvement in his all-round game,” he added.

“Coming to the Premier League is very difficult because of the physical nature of the league. We have to remember how young Christian is and also the summer that he had.

“I think he found those physical demands pretty strong in the beginning and now you’re seeing him deal with those better.

“Looking forward, I want to see more of what he’s shown in recent times which is goals and assists because that’s what the best in the world do in that position. I feel he has the capability to do that as he improves and that can be the edge as his game moves on levels.”

Solskjaer lauds Mason Greenwood Jesse Lingard

The Man Utd boss has no concerns about Greenwood playing three games in a week.

He said: “He’s coped really well with the demands on him. Of course, throughout the season we’ve managed him as well as we could.

"He's come back after the lockdown flying, his sharpness is there, his fitness, he's gained a few kilos as we all see and he's gained a lot of experience and confidence in his own abilities. So, there's only two games left of the league, hopefully two in the FA Cup and three or four in the Europa League. He'll be fine, there's no chance he'll burn out. He's been excellent.”


Thursday night was the first time that Jesse Lingard has featured in the team since February and Solskjaer suggested he could play once more.

He added: “Jesse is a part of the club and he's worked really hard. He deserves his chance to come back in and we know his qualities. We know that Jesse's got different qualities to other players and he knows that we value him.

“The team is not selected yet and that goes both for Jesse and Sergio. They've got a good chance of being involved, so we'll make a decision on that later on.”

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Chelsea: Predicted Starting XI

Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, James, Mount, Jorginho, Barkley, Pulisic, Giroud, Willian (4-3-3).

Manchester United: Predicted Starting XI

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial (4-2-3-1).

Chelsea: Team News

Frank Lampard’s Blues have had an added two days of preparation after they were last seen in action on Tuesday night.

N’Golo Kante will miss Sunday’s game after failing to recover from a hamstring injury earlier in the month.

Billy Gilmour is also expected to miss out with a knee injury, so too is Marco Van Ginkel, who has his own knee problem.

Both managers have some key decisions to make ahead of crucial Premier League matches in midweek, as Chelsea travel to Anfield and with United hosting West Ham.

Manchester United: Team News

Tim Fosu-Mensah started at left-back for his first United appearance since May 2017 against Southampton. And in his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer declared that Luke Shaw would miss Sunday’s clash, but the United boss hopes Brandon Williams will have recovered from the facial injury he suffered against The Saints.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see whether Fosu-Mensah retains his starting berth.

The goalkeeping position is another area of interest, given Solskjaer has opted for Sergio Romero in goal in the previous FA Cup rounds ahead of David De Gea.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain sidelined.

Lampard searching for first silverware as manager

The ex-Chelsea midfielder knows what it takes to win the FA Cup as a player, having won the competition four times, but it remains to be seen whether he has the credentials to win it as a manager.

His side maintained their top 4 position by beating already-relegated Norwich City by a goal-to-nil at Stamford Bridge in their last game, courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s header in first-half injury time.

However, the Blues have been hit and miss since the restart, after losing 3-2 against West Ham at the London Stadium and 3-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

United still have a lot to play for

The Red Devils still have Champions League qualification to challenge for with two games left to play, the Europa League and this FA Cup semi-final.

After a poor start to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first season in charge, it could end up being a hugely successful one for the former FA Cup winner, if he can guide his side to a top 4 finish and one or possibly two trophies.

Solskjaer’s side come into this match unbeaten in their last 19 matches having dropped just four points since 22 January.  

After dropping one point against Southampton, Solskjaer’s side responded by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League on Thursday evening.

Inspirational substitute sends Chelsea through to semi-final against Leicester

Ross Barkley sealed the Blues’ progression with his 63rd-minute goal in a solitary goal win against Leicester at the King Power on 28th June.

With his side struggling, Frank Lampard introduced Ross Barkley for Billy Gilmour at the start of the second half, which massively improved his side.

Tammy Abraham had a goal chalked off for offside in the 55th minute but substitute Barkley struck the ball into the bottom left corner to give Chelsea the lead after latching on to Willian’s cross.

Caglar Soyuncu missed a good chance with his head to equalise with five minutes to play, but Lampard’s side held on.  

United edge past Norwich in the quarter-final

Man Utd beat Norwich City 2-1 in the quarter-final of the FA Cup at Carrow Road on 27th June but required extra-time.

Ighalo fired United into the lead in the 51st minute, but Todd Cantwell levelled the proceedings with 15 minutes to play.

Timm Klose was then sent dismissed by Jonathan Moss in the 89th minute for hauling down Ighalo, who was clean through on goal.

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes all went close to scoring in extra-time, but it was Harry Maguire who bundled the ball home in the 118th minute to seal United’s progression to the semi-final.


The FA Cup returns

The other semi-final fixture is:

Arsenal vs Manchester City (18/07/20 - 19:45 PM)

The final is due to be played at Wembley on 1 August.

Stadium and kick-off time

Manchester United vs Chelsea will be played at Wembley, in London, England. The kick-off time is scheduled at 18:00 BST.

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