There will be a new name on the Emirates FA Cup trophy this season after holders Chelsea fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United this evening.

The match was a re-run of last season’s final, however, there was to be no Chelsea victory this time around as Manchester United cruised into the last eight.

The visitors showed plenty of confidence early on and Chris Smalling tested home keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a close range header.

Pedro then went close to breaking the deadlock for Chelsea before Ander Herrera forced a great save from Arrizabalaga with a stinging drive from long range.

It was Manchester United who took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Paul Pogba put in a cross with the Chelsea defence stretched and Herrera ghosted in to head home.

Pogba was to get his name on the scoresheet in first half injury time. Marcus Rashford was the supplier and Pogba got his head on the ball to give his side a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the break.

The second half had the same pace and excitement to it, although both sides lacked the cutting edge in attack.

Chelsea won a succession of corner kicks but failed to trouble the United goal with any of them while a wild long range effort from Willian failed to get fans off their seats.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s visitors barely threatened The Blues goal but it didn’t matter as they retained a comfortable hold on the contest.

Eden Hazard headed the final chance of the match wide with Chelsea having ran out of ideas on a sorry night for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/

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