In an FA Cup tie that tempted to boil over, Chelsea came out as victors against Manchester United through N’Golo Kanté’s early second-half strike. Despite just scoring a single goal, Antonio Conte’s side impressed as they moved onto the Semi-Finals and a trip to Wembley. Here’s how the players rated:
Thibaut Courtois – 7
The Belgian had a pretty quiet night in between the sticks for Chelsea, but was forced into making a key save to deny Marcus Rashford in the second-half, who had done well to turn Gary Cahill inside out.
Gary Cahill – 6
With Chelsea dominating 73% of possession, Cahill had very little to do at the back other than to recycle the ball and play it forward. Rashford however did give the captain something to sweat about in the second-half when he bore down on him running at goal, but Cahill was redeemed by his goalkeeper.
David Luiz – 6
A disciplined performance from one of Chelsea’s most consistent players this season. Despite having little to deal with, Luiz did well sweeping up loose balls and snuffing out any potential chances for United.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Much like his colleagues in defence, Azpilicueta had very little to worry about as Chelsea controlled the flow of the game. The Spaniard used possession well and was as reliable as ever.
Victor Moses – 7
The Nigerian international gave yet another industrious performance down the right-hand-side, keeping his counterpart, Matteo Darmian, busy. With Willian drifting inside, Moses utilised the space to create a few decent opportunities he may have taken on another night.
N’Golo Kanté – 9
The diminutive Frenchman may have been dwarfed by his compatriot Paul Pogba, but despite the considerable size difference, it was Kanté who dominated the midfield. Spraying balls across the pitch, hounding at players for possession and creating opportunities, Kanté had a superb game. The cherry on top was his goal from range, which sealed the win for Chelsea.
Nemanja Matić – 7
Offered a sturdy performance in midfield, retaining possession well and acting as a barrier in front of the back-three to keep United at bay. Kept things ticking in usual fashion.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Covered Eden Hazard well and made sure that Chelsea were always a threat down the left-hand-side. Although not making any major mistakes, he was perhaps a bit wasteful in possession.
Willian – 8
A consistent threat, as he drifted into the middle to stretch United’s deep backline. Linked up well with Costa and Hazard and did well to keep the tempo of the game up.
Diego Costa – 7
With United sitting deep and being very cautious of his threat, Costa didn’t receive the service he is usually accustomed to and struggled to find the space to work his game. Despite this, he did well to create space for Hazard by stretching the defence.
Eden Hazard – 9
Manchester United manager José Mourinho clearly saw Hazard as Chelsea’s primary threat before the game, as his team made sure to hack at the Belgian early on in the tie. With tackles flying in from left, right and centre, Hazard wore on and pulled off some impressive turns and twists to leave United’s players in his trail. Forced Ander Herrera into getting himself booked twice, which got the Spaniard sent off. An absolute nightmare all night and unlucky not to score after having spun Chris Smalling seven ways sideways, only to be denied by David De Gea.