Manchester United were beaten a goal to nil by Chelsea at the finals of the 2018 FA Cup at Wembley, thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty goal at the 22nd minute.
United took long to break through a less attacking Chelsea backline whose fate was secured when Belgium international Hazard was brought down in the box by Phil Jones.
The Blues play maker sent David De Gea the wrong side to register the goal that wiped away tears of their fans to temporarily erase the heart break caused by the thought of entire next season without Champions League.
Manchester United showed character in the second half but were unfortunate as Alexis Sanchez goal was correctly rule out for off side after referee Michael Oliver consulted the VAR.
Marcus Rashford was denied by Chelsea goalie Thibaut Courtois whereas Paul Pogba’s header went wide.
Manchester United was without doubt a better side but since in football goals have the final say, Chelsea who managed a goal returned to London with their eighth FA Cup under Antonio Conte who is believed to be on his way out of the club.
The Devil’s manager Jose Mourinho congratulated his former side but noted Chelsea didn’t deserve the trophy.
His side played without prominent centre forward Rumelu Lukaku for 73 minutes although the front three consisting of Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford didn’t sleep but caused threat to their opponent who were as well compacted behind.
Nevertheless Mourinho believes Chelsea capitalized on the Belgian absence to nail his side.
“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players. You need that presence. Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets. Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku or Fellaini does not have a presence so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football. We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players.”
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