Pogba's redemption, Kepa not a £71m star - Talking points from Chelsea 0-2 Utd

in chelsea •  6 months ago 

Manchester United reserved their place within the solfa syllable Cup quarter-final with a snug 2-0 convince Chelsea.

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The Red Devils unvanquished run below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was complete by Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League last week, however they created the right response in west London.

Led by a person of the match show from Paul Pogba, United saw off the house side's early threat and took charge with 2 goals before half-time.

Pogba's teasing delivery was headed home by Ander Herrera to open the evaluation, before the Frenchman himself steam-powered home the second.

Chelsea once more flattered to deceive below Maurizio Sarri and exit the competition with very little over a whimper, as United won at Stamford Bridge for the primary time since 2012.

Here square measure 5 talking points from the fifth spherical clash...

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  1. Solskjaer's ways spot on over again

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had no downside with switch up his ways at the highest finish of the sphere, swapping between a 4-3-1-2 and 4-3-3 formations.

Without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, World Health Organization has thrived because the No.10 within the former, Solskjaer elective to begin a front trio of Romelu Lukaku, Rashford and Juan Mata (rather than Alexis Sanchez), the compose of that saw the Spaniard operate off the front with the opposite try cacophonic either facet of Chelsea's centre-backs.

It worked a treat. the same as United's convince Arsenal within the previous spherical, the 2 front men thrived within the areas left by the opposing full-backs, whereas Mata stopped Jorginho having a control in the least on proceedings.

Solskjaer wished his facet to recover once the loss to PSG. They did exactly that and his choices pre-match - in terms of formation and personnel - were a giant reason why.

  1. The £71million Kepa
    Kepa hasn't been unhealthy this season.

But once Chelsea recollect at the £71million unharness fee they paid Athletic Bilbao to sign the Basque stopper last summer, do they maybe regret it currently.

Because you verify a keeper like Alisson, World Health Organization has thrived at port once they spent massive to land the Brazilian, and he appears to possess been bold by living up to it fee.

Conversely, Kepa seems weighed down by his tag, and quite merely, there'll be additional queries once the 2 goals.

Time is on his facet to prove himself AN sharp purchase within the long run, however there must be improvement.

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  1. Familiarity breeds contempt

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  1. Pogba's redemption
    Against PSG, Pogba had been eager to act.

But once an evening wherever Marquinhos would not leave him alone, wherever United were annoyed by the French champions and a few rather wonderful military science work from Thomas Tuchel, Pogba was sent off, having created very little impression.

He over created up for that here, front and centre within the game's 2 most telling moments.

First, his devilish cross for Herrera's opener, whipping into the rear post from wide on the left and giving the Spaniard a straightforward end.

Secondly, his own header to double United's advantage, having created a forty yard run to urge onto Rashford's cross - having set the britain striker free himself.

It was another terrific, match-winning show from the globe Cup winner.

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  1. "F*** Sarri ball"
    After the 6-0 thrashing by Manchester town, Sarri's position was best represented as parlous.

With home fans intonation "you're obtaining ravaged within the morning" to the Italian, and booing his final substitution - Davide Zappacosta exchange Cesar Azpilicueta - you've got to suppose he isn't got long left in the least.

Plan A did not compute. arrange B merely wasn't forthcoming once more either.

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