After suffering a defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, in the first leg of the last 16 knockout round of the Champions League, at Old Trafford, it was essential that Manchester United bounced back in their FA Cup tie against Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge.
The first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s reign had produced murmurings that perhaps the Norwegian wasn’t, despite his impress start to his caretaker role, the man for the job on a permanent basis.
But Manchester United didn’t just go to Chelsea and grab a result, they achieved it in magnificent fashion.
The game might have been settled by two first half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, but Manchester United were never in any danger of being beaten, dominant in all areas of the pitch.
In fact, such was their dominance that the home crowd turned on their manager, Maurizio Sarri, berating his style of football and inferring the end of his managerial reign, at Stamford Bridge, was nigh.
After the game, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, as reported by the BBC summed matters up perfectly when he remarked:
“The performance was fantastic, our tactics worked.
“It’s a massive result.”
Indeed, it was and it’ll stand us in good stead for the forthcoming Premier League fixture, against Liverpool, this weekend.
Perhaps the only downside of what was a wonderful evening was the fact we were given another away draw in the FA Cup quarter-final draw with a trip to Wolverhampton, to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, following on from trips to London to take on Arsenal and Chelsea.
But on the display provided in SW6, you’d expect Manchester United to progress to the semi-finals, wouldn’t you!
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