This is the 4th year in a row where Manchester United and Chelsea will come face to face in the oldest national football competition, the FA cup. Frank Lampard’s men have struggled to say the least against Ole’s tricky reds. The Blues suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the first match of the season, followed by another 2 L’s at the hands of Manchester United.
Manchester United will go all gunz blazing as this cup could prove to be the pioneer for Solskjaer’s rebuilt.
Let us have a look at their top 3 previous FA Cup semi-finals triumphs:
1995-96 | Manchester United 2 – 1 Chelsea
This season’s semi-finalist met in the same stage in 1995/96 season of the FA cup. Gullit gave the Londoners the lead in the 35th minute, however it was cancelled out by Cole in the 55th minute. Beckham scored the winner 4 minutes later pouncing on a mistake by the opposition.
Alex Ferguson’s men went on to beat Liverpool in the final through Cantona’s late winner!
1998-99 | Manchester United 2 vs 1 Arsenal
After playing out a 0-0 draw, both English giants were bound to play a semi-final replay for a trip to the Wembley stadium. David Beckham’s opener was cancelled out by Dennis Bergkamp, who later missed a penalty to win it for the Gunners.
Ferguson then introduced Ryan Giggs in the extra time who went on to score the most memorable goal in the cup’s history to send Manchester United to Wembley. The Welshman ran past Arsenal’s entire defence and smashed it into Seaman’s goal.
United went on to win the Cup and also completed the historic treble!
1984-95 |Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool
After controversially drawing the first game in Goodison Park, it seemed inevitable that United would bottle the replay too after already bottling their European dream days before.
The replay started with the expected as Liverpool took the lead as McGrath scored an own goal. The inspiration came from a 25 yard strike from “captain marvel” Bryan Robson before Mark Hughes scored the winner in the 58th minute.
Red Devils went on to beat Everton in the finals to lift the cup!
Can Ole out tactic Frank Lampard for the 4th time in a row? Or will Chelsea beat all the odds and earn that trip to Wembley?