LONDON (Reuters): Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday to book their place in an all-London FA Cup final, helped by two glaring errors from goalkeeper David de Gea and an own goal by Harry Maguire.
Chelsea, who face rivals Arsenal in the 1 August showpiece, had lost to United three times this season but dominated the match and took control with goals either side of halftime from Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was delighted with the discipline of his team, who ended United’s 19-game unbeaten run.
“People ask a lot at this time of the year about mentality and character and our team was full of it today,” he told the BBC after the match at an empty Wembley, the national stadium’s gates locked because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The win leaves 42-year-old coach Lampard, the club’s record goalscorer, on course for a positive first season in charge of Chelsea who look on course to qualify for the Champions League, possibly alongside United, as well as reaching the FA Cup final.