MAN UTD vs CHELSEA | LIVE!
- Manchester United have beaten Chelsea three times this season: twice in the Premier League and once in the Carabao Cup
- Chelsea are the most successful side in the FA Cup this century, reaching eight finals and winning six titles
- The Red Devils are playing in their 30th FA Cup semi-final – a joint record with Arsenal
- Olivier Giroud has scored 15 FA Cup goals in 28 appearances and provided eight assists
- Manchester United have progressed from 15 of their past 17 FA Cup semi-finals
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, James, Rashford
Chelsea XI: Caballero, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Willian, Giroud
Rob: Slate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for ‘overplaying’ his players, demand rotation and concentration on Champions League qualification and then complain that Daniel James is starting…
Kai: This game is tailor-made for Callum Hudson-Odoi today. But I’m so disappointed to see him on the bench. Better hope this doesn’t backfire on us.
Owen: Not a big fan of resting Anthony Martial given his current form. You don’t rest players for an FA Cup semi-final. That being said, I think that’s an XI more than capable of beating Chelsea (again). Come on the Reds!
This will be the ninth meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium (old and new), making it the most played club fixture at the ground in history.
Feel free to tell your friends, family or complete strangers that to sound smart and interesting.
Team news – Manchester United
OK… so FIVE changes for Manchester United. That, to me at least, indicates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is more focused on securing a top-four finish.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Scott McTominay drop out of the starting XI who beat Crystal Palace. They are replaced by fit-again Brandon Williams and Nemanja Matic.
Elsewhere power trio Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are replaced by Fred, Daniel James and Eric Bailly.
Oh and a commiseration shout-out for cup competition goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who drops to the bench with David de Gea starting instead.
Team news – Chelsea
Frank Lampard makes three changes. Willy Caballero starts between the sticks ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mason Mount and Reece James are recalled to the starting XI with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic on the substitutes bench.
Right… well this is unexpected. Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial drop to the bench. Christian Pulisic is also amongst the substitutes for Chelsea. What’s going on, lads?!
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, James, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Ighalo, Greenwood, McTominay.
Chelsea XI: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Willian, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, James, Azpilicueta.
Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Abraham, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Tomori, Emerson.
We meet again…
And again, and again, and again…
This is the fourth-consecutive season that Manchester United and Chelsea have met in the FA Cup.
Manchester United won in the fifth round last season but the Blues collected victories in the quarter-final in 2016-17 and the final in 2017-18.
It’s been a bit of a staggered afternoon of football. Leeds, now champions of the Championship, beat Derby 3-1 presumably all nursing significant hangovers.
In the Premier League Southampton beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium. A result you think will see the Cherries relegated.
And in the battle for a top-four finish – Tottenham are battering Leicester. It’s 3-0 at the break with a brace from Harry Kane doing the damage.
Unless there’s some sort of miracle in the second half – that’s great news for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Chelsea from Wembley.
Fine day for a FA Cup semi-final, don’t you think?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard do battle for the honour and privilege of playing Arsenal in the grand final on August 1.
We’ll discuss just how the hell that happened in a little while.
Anyway, these bosses know a thing or two about the FA Cup. The Norwegian won it twice with the Red Devils and Lampard lifted it four times as one of Chelsea’s finest.
I suspect this could be a bit special. Standby for team news and line ups…
Man Utd vs Chelsea LIVE: FA Cup semi-final score and latest updates
MAN UTD vs CHELSEA | TEAM NEWS
Manchester United will be without first-choice left-back Luke Shaw for today’s FA Cup semi-final.
The defender has failed to recover from an ankle problem picked up during the 2-2 draw with Southampton. However, Brandon Williams is fit and available.
N’Golo Kante will miss a fourth successive game for Chelsea because of a hamstring injury. Billy Gilmour is out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to confirm whether he would opt for cup competition regular Sergio Romero or David de Gea.
“The team is not selected yet. Jesse and Sergio both have a good chance of being involved,” the Norwegian said.