Mar 14, 2017

Three things we learnt as Chelsea swept past Manchester United in the FA Cup

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In a game which seemed to have been decided by a refereeing decision, Manchester United were stubborn in defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte earned his first visit to Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham later this season.

It was N’Golo Kante who surprised many by popping up with the winning goal from distance, firing coolly past the inspired David de Gea with a rocket straight into the bottom corner of the net to earn his side a victory, but Ander Herrera could easily claim to have had the biggest contribution to the result.


The Spaniard bodychecked Eden Hazard and then, seconds after a warning from Michael Oliver about the team’s persistent fouling of the Belgian forward, tripped him to see a second yellow which will now see him serve a suspension in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho was infuriated on the touchline and frequently clashed with Antonio Conte as the two sides battled both on the field and off it, but it was the home side who emerged victorious to keep alive hopes of a double winning campaign.

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Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the game…

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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