Nemesis Kanté


N’Golo Kanté showed he loves to play and score against the Red Devils, as he turned out to be their nemesis last night in a tight FA Cup tie, where Chelsea made sure the Red Devils got no revenge after their 4-0 humiliation in the Premier League the last time these 2 clubs met, and the Blues went on to the semi-finals of the Cup, while the Red Devils’ hopes for a treble this season were turned to ashes with the defeat suffered.

United went into the match without Zlatan, suspended for 3 games, without Rooney, who is supposedly injured, without Martial, but with Rashford who was in doubt until the last minute as he was battling illness. United matched Chelsea in the first half, but Mourinho’s plan was literally torn apart when Herrera left his teammates on the 35th minute after being shown a red card for a second yellow, and two cards picked up unnecessarily by the overzealous Spaniard. Mourinho immediately took off Mkhitaryan, who was providing some attacking impulse, and replaced him with Fellaini in a bid to strengthen the defensive cover. United clung on to a 0-0 scoreline till half-time, but Chelsea were clearly gaining the upperhand in this clash as they besieged United’s backline.

With only 10-men on, it looked like the Red Devils were going to have a very rough second half, and rightly so, when Kanté struck a beauty from 25 yards on the 51st minute to give the Blues the lead. Rashford had a great opportunity to level things up minutes later, but his shot was saved by Courtois after he had toyed around with the defense. Chelsea however were still posing problems at the other end, with Kanté bossing the midfield, while his counterpart and countryman Pogba was being a ghost on the pitch, and when being presented with a chance by Lingard on the 83rd minute to try get level, he only managed to drag his effort wide, summing up his contribution for the team so far. Chelsea could have put the game to bed in added time, but De Gea managed to save from Fabregas’ effort, then Rojo blocked Hazard on the rebound, but the Red Devils were already out by then, while the Blues were celebrating their march into the semi-finals, where they will play a London-derby with Tottenham. United now only have the Europa League to fight for as a second silverware for the season, a competition which is getting tougher for them as well, while their chance to get in the top 4 by the end of the season is very meager.