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Manchester United dumps Chelsea out of FA

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Manchester United dumps Chelsea out of FA

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By JOHN SAKALA
Manchester United midfielders Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba scored a goal apiece to lead the team to FA quarter finals against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United bounced back from Champions League defeat to PSG with a bang by silencing Staford fans at their backyard.

On the stroke of half an hour the Spanish midfielder Herrera scored a header after connecting with Pogba cross.

The home side enjoyed possession for the entire match but minute before half time Pogba derailed the blues with a diving header.

This was a brilliant away performance from Manchester United and another, dare-it-be-said, throwback of a performance in which they defended resolutely and counter-attacked ruthlessly to emphatically earn their place in the last eight.

They were driven on by Paul Pogba with yet another goal and yet another assist. The re-born, rejuvenated released midfielder has now had a hand in 15 goals, in 12 games, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December.

Against this Sarri was met with chants of “you don’t know what you are doing” and “sacked in the morning” and an even angrier one emanating from the Matthew Harding Stand of “f— Sarri-ball”. Not one for the purists.

These are intensely difficult times for the Italian as he heads towards Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City who whipped his team 6-0 little over a week ago. How much longer will he last? Every substitution, every change Sarri made was met with open rebellion by the supporters. He is the first Chelsea manager for some time to lose the fans like this and it appears unsustainable. It feels like the fag end, already, of the chain-smoker’s tenure.

At the same time Solskjaer gave his chances of earning a permanent contract another boost, bouncing back from the Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain with an impressive response and yet another win.

It was the first time in five meetings in this competition that United had prevailed against Chelsea and that will also be noted as will the, yet again, incredible, high-energy support he received from his club’s fans.

Manchester United had never won a game at Stamford since 2012.

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