PMB: Chelsea v Manchester United - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past FA Cup encounters with Monday's opponents...

We Have History

This is the 14th FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Manchester United. United have won eight and the Blues five – including the four most recent in 2007, 2013, 2017 and 2018.

The Red Devils are Chelsea’s third-most regular opposition in the FA Cup behind Arsenal (20 matches) and Sheffield Wednesday (17), whom the Blues beat 3-0 last month to reach this stage.

This will be the 16th Chelsea-Manchester United clash in this competition and sixth at Stamford Bridge; four of our past five FA Cup encounters away from Old Trafford have ended in 1-0 victory for the Blues.

Although the pair had commonly crossed swords in the league since 1905, the first FA Cup fixture in west London arrived as late as March 1950; Matt Busby, a guest player for the Pensioners during World War Two, was the Mancunians’ manager.

It was Billy Birrell’s team who prevailed, with winger Bobby Campbell a constant threat. Campbell was gifted the opener, but there was no such quibbling about the emphatic second, scored by Roy Bentley, in front of a 70,362 crowd.

Fast forward to March 2013, and a quarter-final replay in west London was crammed into a busy schedule including Europa League games (which the Blues would win that season).

We had roared back from 0-2 down to 2-2 at Old Trafford but at the Bridge, two key moments sealed the 1-0 victory: Demba Ba’s superbly taken winner, and Petr Cech’s close-range wonder save from Javier Hernandez. The result ended departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s hope of a valedictory league and cup double.

Four years later at the same stage it was N’Golo Kante’s 20-yard smash that achieved the same scoreline against a side coached by Jose Mourinho. Ander Herrera was sent off for two bad fouls on Eden Hazard.

It would be remiss not mention our past two FA Cup meetings on neutral soil: the FA Cup finals in 2007 and 2018. On both occasions a single goal sufficed. The first at the new Wembley was decided by Didier Drogba, who collected and dispatched Frank Lampard’s pass in extra-time.

Last season’s final was settled by Eden Hazard’s 22nd-minute penalty after Phil Jones had thwarted the Belgian illegally. To put you in the mood, here are some of Chelsea’s best FA Cup strikes against the Red Devils.



Gianluca Vialli and his players anointed his new player-manager role with pre-match champagne, then blew Arsenal away 3-1 in the League Cup quarter-final second leg on 18 February 1998, overturning a 1-2 deficit from the Highbury game.

Man United put paid to Chelsea’s Wembley hopes twice at the Bridge in the 1990s. In 1998 the Blues netted three times through Graeme Le Saux and Gianluca Vialli (two) – but United had led 5-0 prior to that late rally.

A year later, a creditable 0-0 quarter-final draw at Old Trafford (despite Roberto Di Matteo’s red card) was followed up with a poor showing at the Bridge and a 0-2 defeat, Dwight Yorke grabbing both goals.

Man United’s last win of any sort at Stamford Bridge came in October 2012 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were sent off in the second half when the score was 2-2. Javier Hernandez scored the winner with 15 minutes to go against nine-men Blues.

Our Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in October ended 2-2 with goals coming from Antonio Rudiger (21 minutes) and Ross Barkley (90+6). Anthony Martial (55 and 73) had put the visitors ahead.



Quarter-final, 13.03.17

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses (Zouma 88), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian (Fabregas 81), Hazard; Diego Costa (Batshuayi 90+3)
Unused subs: Begovic, Terry, N Chalobah, Pedro.
Head coach: Antonio Conte
Booked: Diego Costa.
Scorer: Kante 51

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea; Jones, Smalling (c), Rojo, Darmian; Valencia, Herrera, Pogba, Young (Lingard 81); Rashford, Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 36)
Unused subs: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Mata.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Sent off: Herrera 35 (two yellow cards). Booked: Young

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 40,801

Other cup meetings

Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team

Chelsea 5-0  -  Manchester United  -  Premier League 03/10/1999
Chelsea 0-4  -  Manchester United  -  Division One 29/11/1947


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