Man United vs Chelsea
Wembley Stadium, London
Sunday, 19-07-2020 @8pm
Ref: Mike Dean
Manchester United have beaten Chelsea three times this season: twice in the league and once in the League Cup. The only side to win four games against the Blues in a season is United, in 2010-11. The teams are meeting for the fourth season in a row in the FA Cup. The Blues won a quarter-final in 2017 and the final in 2018, with United the victors in the fifth round last season. United are vying to go seven games unbeaten against Chelsea for the first time this century.
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea after failing to recover from an ankle problem. Shaw’s fellow defender Brandon Williams should be fit after a facial injury. Sergio Romero has been in goal for United’s cup games, but Solskjaer refused to confirm whether he, or striker Jesse Lingard, would be involved at Wembley.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss a fourth successive game for Chelsea because of a hamstring injury. Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, 19, is out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
United are playing in their 30th FA Cup semi-final – a joint record with Arsenal. They could become the first side to reach the final on 21 occasions. The Red Devils have progressed from 15 of their past 17 FA Cup semi-finals, losing on penalties against Everton in 2009 and 0-1 against Manchester City in 2011. They have won 21 and lost just three of their 26 FA Cup games over the past five seasons. United are unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions (W14, D5). It’s their best form since a 29-match streak without defeat between April and November 2010.
Chelsea are the most successful side in the FA Cup this century, reaching eight finals and winning six titles. This is their third semi-final appearance in four seasons, and 11th this century. They have won 12 of their past 15 FA Cup semi-final matches. The Blues have lost only one of their past 14 FA Cup ties (W10, D3). Olivier Giroud has scored 15 FA Cup goals in 28 appearances and provided eight assists.
The other FA Cup semi final
-Arsenal 2-0 Man City