David de Gea had a nightmare at Wembley as Manchester United’s FA Cup dream was ended by Chelsea.
United had won the previous three meetings between the sides but Chelsea triumphed 3-1 in Sunday’s semi-final – with De Gea giving them more than a helping hand – to set up an all-London clash with Arsenal in the final.
Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal for Chelsea 11 minutes into first-half stoppage time – played due to Eric Bailly requiring lengthy treatment for a nasty-looking head injury – as his flick from a cross squirmed past De Gea all too easily.
United were sent out early on to the Wembley pitch by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who clearly wanted an improved performance in the second half.
However, the Red Devils found themselves 2-0 down a minute after the restart when Mason Mount’s long-range shot somehow made its way past the flapping De Gea.
And a first defeat in 20 games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was confirmed when Marcos Alonso’s cross was put into his own net by Harry Maguire in the 74th minute.
United scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot through Bruno Fernandes after Anthony Martial was fouled by Callum Hudson-Odoi, but it was all too late for them to mount a comeback.
Chelsea will now meet Arsenal, who beat Man City on Saturday, in the FA Cup final on August 1.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Wembley, just like both semi-finals.
Frank Lampard’s men looked sharper from the outset and Solskjaer may well point to their extra 48 hours’ rest, but his selection of tired players alongside rusty ones certainly had an impact.