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Man U sends Chelsea packing

  • Manchester United's Ander Herrera, center, scores the opening goal of the game during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, left, fights for the ball with Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures when looking at the fourth official during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Manchester United won 2-0. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


The Associated Press
Monday, February 18, 2019

LONDON — Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated Chelsea, 2-0, on Monday at Stamford Bridge to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

United, which has lost just once in interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge, has reached the quarterfinals of the competition for the fifth consecutive season.

A rematch of last year’s final won by Chelsea, Herrera put United ahead in the 31st minute and Pogba came through just before halftime to double the lead.

United had not played since losing, 2-0, to Paris Saint-Germain in the opening leg of the Champions League round of 16 last week — a defeat that ended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start.

The game took an odd twist late as Chelsea fans fed up with manager Maurizio Sarri joined their United counterparts in chanting for his firing.

Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer, went unbeaten over his first 18 games in all competitions but has won just six of 12 games since Jan. 1.

A change of manager has had the desired effect for United, which appointed Solskjaer after firing Jose Mourinho on Dec. 18.

United will face Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, which will take place March 15-17. Manchester City will travel to Swansea, Millwall will host Brighton and Watford will face Crystal Palace.