Jose Mourinho’s boys were unfortunate against Chelsea in the FA quarters on Monday night as the team went to face another prominent English Side Chelsea. Zlatan Ibrahimović accepted the standard charge against him by F.A cup for a violent conduct as a result he became ineligible to feature against the Blues.
Besides Andy Herrera’s red card at 35 minutes because of bad tackle on Hazard, Ibrahimović’s absence is logically one of the reasons The Red devils were complete under dogs as relying on Marcus Rashford would make less sense since he just returned from sick bed. Options Rooney and Martial were as well unable to play because of injuries. Antonio Conte’s boys took advantage after the red card and pressed their opponent throughout.
Man of the match N’golo Kante’s second half lone strike at 51 minutes secures the London side place in FA cup last four. Although 19 years old Rashford came close to scoring but denied by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois who saved the blues with his feet. Chelsea Joins Arsenal, Tottenham hotspurs, Man city in the semifinals at Wembley.
Albeit the loss, Mourinho defended his players and claimed he took pride in them. He goes onto appreciating the match day official and amazingly refused to throw blames for the Herrera send off. “I don’t want to speak about the red card. I just want to say that I’m really proud of my players and Manchester United fans. Everybody can analyze from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.” Commented the Man united Boss.
The Portuguese also added that, “….Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card. I cannot change that. I shook his hands and said many congratulations.” Meanwhile Chelsea manager Antonio Conte recognized Manchester as a quality team. In his words Conte said, “It was good performance against a strong team and good players. United has the best squad in the League. We must be pleased to go into the next round.”
In the Semifinals, fixture shows Arsenal versus Man city while Chelsea take on Tottenham all to take place at Wembley on the 22nd and 23rd of April. 2014/15 winners Arsenal were extremely very good against nonleague side Lincoln and beat them 5 – 0, Manchester City surfaces in the Semis for the first time in four seasons after overcoming Middleborough 2 – 0, and Tottenham came out victories in the battle against Millwall by beating them 6 – 0.