Manchester United piled misery onto Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri by beating the Blues 2-0 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba proved the difference, but Romelu Lukaku stole the show with his post on Instagram after the game.
The result was a much-needed one for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who suffered his first defeat in caretaker charge of the club in the Champions League against PSG last week. While for Chelsea, it really added to their problems with fans chanting “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Sarri during the game.
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The holders are now out of the cup, and it now seems like finishing in the top four of the Premier League, and/of winning the Europa League, are all that can help the Italian turn the season and his reign in West London around.
Pogba has been in excellent form for United since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December. He now has nine goals to his name after doubling the lead clinched by Herrera. Lukaku joined in the celebrations by sliding in next to the midfielder, and he showed his sense of humour by posting a picture of the pair on Instagram with the caption “sliding into your DMs like…”
Unlike the likes of Pogba, Rashford and the injured Anthony Martial, Lukaku hasn’t enjoyed a consistent spike in form since Solskjaer stepped into Mourinho’s shoes.
The Norwegian started the Belgian up front with Rashford at the Bridge, but has more often than not picked the academy graduate over him during games. He did play a crucial role in helping United progress against Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round, setting up two goals and putting in a man of the match display at the Emirates Stadium.
This huge run of fixtures, which many believe will ultimately dictate whether Solskjaer is given the job permanently in the summer, continues as Liverpool head to Old Trafford in the Premier League at the weekend before the second leg of the Champions League tie in Paris next week.