Manchester United’s hopes of winning the 2020 FA Cup are up in smoke after a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty consolation after a poor performance in which United disappointed.
It was a game in which several players did themselves few favours.
Here is a look at three in particular who disappointed at Wembley…
David de Gea
David de Gea picked the worst possible time to make yet another mistake in a Manchester United shirt.
He will be disappointed not to have saved Olivier Giroud’s opening goal, but it was struck from so close out, that you could afford him a little sympathy.
The second goal was just bad goalkeeping. There really was no excuse for De Gea allowing Mason Mount’s shot to squirm under him and into the net.
This was the kind of match which can prompt big decisions from the coaching staff.
United have options, with Sergio Romero, and Dean Henderson. And De Gea would fetch a high fee in the transfer market.
No goalkeeper is perfect, but these mistakes from De Gea are becoming more common place, and it is disheartening to see.
Dan James was a surprise starter in a forward role with Marcus Rashford.
Sadly he contributed absolutely nothing, and it was no shock to see him taken off early in the second half.
James is starting to look like a player out of his depth at United, after a promising start to his career.
His selection here was a tactical mistake, and Odion Ighalo would have been a better option if United wanted to rest Anthony Martial.
James managed only 24 touches in 55 minutes, with no shots at goal and no chances created.
It would not be a surprise if he does not feature in any of the remaining two Premier League games at all.
Victor Lindelof might do nine good things defensively, but when the 10th action costs the team a goal, it undoes all the good work.
We saw this on Monday night against Southampton when he was beaten to the ball for their equaliser.
Again late in the half against Chelsea, Lindelof switched off, and Chelsea opened the scoring.
There is no way the Swede should have been beaten to the ball by Olivier Giroud, but he was.
Fatigue may be a factor, and the problem for United is that there are not many ways at this stage to switch it up.
Axel Tuanzebe and even Phil Jones are out, and now Eric Bailly could be set for a spell on the sidelines again after another injury in this game.
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