Chelsea 0 Manchester United 2
Herrera 31 Pogba 45
United pulverised Chelsea with organised power football.
This was Fergie football, go-for-the-throat-football, expansive, aggressive and confident, very strong in wide areas.
Two wickedly accurate crosses found the heads of Herrera and Pogba.
After 22 minutes I turned the BBC commentary off so that I could concentrate on the match and it was still 0-0 when Pogba found the unmarked Herrera at the far post and his downward header went in.
A colossal gladiator when he’s in the mood, Pogba soon won the ball in centrefield, beating Kante just inside the Chelsea half, instantly released Rashford on the right. and then sprinted 40 yards to jump in front of Azpil and head in the cross that ended the contest.
At half-time HT studio guest Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, an ex-Chelsea centre forward, said, “Every ball that they win, it’s going backwards.”
Phil Neville said, “Pogba’s been sensational.” Exactly, Phil.
Pogba had made the first goal and scored the second and the second half was clearly irrelevant. He wins games by doing things only he can do.
Paul Pogba is a super-gladiator who can jump and tackle, sprint and pass, cross and shoot, score with head and boot, grab goals from distance and inside the six-yard box.
So this FA Cup tie lasted 45 minutes. It was over. It was so obviously over, so totally over, that it was mind-boggling and historic.
It’s a knock-out game so Sarri has to change it at 2-0 but he brought on like for like every time: Willian for Pedro, Barkley for Kovacic.
Clearly, Kovacic is playing in the wrong league, so is Jorginho.
No surprise that the Blues fans boo when Sarri took off Azpil and brought on another right back, Zappacosta.
That’s madness when he has Giroud and Hudson-Odoi on the bench.
Every manager has a Plan B – except this guy.
As I said in my preview, Maurizio Sarri is an eccentric Italian and a dead man walking.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already proved himself to be a savvy tactician but United’s quarter-final will not be such a walkover.
Ties to be played between 15-17 March :
Swansea v Man City
Watford v Crystal Palace
Nuno’s Wolves v Man Utd
Millwall v Brighton