David de Gea’s two mistakes have proven expensive to Manchester United as Chelsea won 3-1 at Wembley to secure a place in the FA Cup final.
Olivier Giroud scored his 16th goal of the FA Cup to send Chelsea the advantage, asking whether De Gea could have done better, eleven minutes after Eric Bailly had undergone extensive attention for a nasty-looking head injury.
In the second half less than a minute many naysayers were out in action, who maintain that De Gea is in perpetual decline, as the Spaniard let the theoretical attempt of Mason Mount squirm through his hands to enable Chelsea to double their lead.
United look shorn from the vigor they’ve displayed late in the battle. The 74th-minute goal of Harry Maguire ended a frustrating day, with Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty a pure consolation as the Blues secured the semi-final victory, which ensures they will end their third FA Cup in four seasons as they take on Arsenal on August 1.
Manchester United – Chelsea 1:3
Goals: Giroud 45+11, Mount 46, Maguire 74-og.
Yellow Card: Pogba 71.
Manchester United: De Gea, Bailly (Martial 45+2), Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka (Fosu-Mensah 79), Fred (Pogba 55), Matic, Williams, Bruno Fernandes, James (Greenwood 56), Rashford (Ighalo 79).
Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 86), Alonso, Willian (Hudson-Odoi 80), Giroud (Abraham 80), Mount (Pedro 90+1).