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Solskjaer on Bailly injury, De Gea errors in Manchester United loss

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issued an update on Eric Bailly after the defender’s scary injury saw him in a neck brace and stretchered off the field in Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal loss to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

“Hope he’ll be fine,” Solskjaer said, via The Manchester Evening News. “He’s in hospital going through all the routine checks and protocols, he got a cut in the back of his head as well, I haven’t heard, not spoken to the doctor about it yet.”

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It was 0-0 between the sides when Bailly went head-to-head with teammate Harry Maguire, opening a cut in his head. Bailly eventually got to his feet and walked off the pitch, but laid down again on the grass outside the touchline for more medical attention.

Chelsea scored within nine minutes of restart and went on to cruise to a 3-1 win and a date with Arsenal in the Aug. 1 final.

“It had a big impact on the game, Eric played well and we conceded just after the restart and that was very disappointing. Eric was a big part of us not having any chances against us, really.”

A bigger part of the loss was longtime star goalkeeper David De Gea, who allowed two bad goals. At least one of the pair would be deemed a howler by anyone, with scorer Mason Mount admitted he was very lucky to get it.

A Harry Maguire own goal would make it 3-0 before Bruno Fernandes bagged a late penalty to ruin Willy Caballero’s clean sheet.

Solskjaer tried to go easy on De Gea.

“I can’t speak for David de Gea’s confidence but he is mentally very strong,” Solskjaer said, via the BBC. “He knows he should save that one 100 times out of 100 but that’s football for you. I made the decision to play him and mentally he was ready for it.”

United now has to get off the mat and beat West Ham on Wednesday to keep the upper hand on Leicester City before meeting the Foxes in a top four decider on the final day of the season.

Then there’s the Europa League. Given the remaining field, De Gea or another goalkeeper will have to shine at some point in the tournament.

Chelsea eases past sleepy, error-prone Manchester United

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Chelsea – Manchester United: Chelsea is going to the FA Cup Final for the third time in four seasons after dispatching Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount got goals off of David De Gea howlers as Frank Lampard moved within a win of his first trophy as Chelsea manager.

A Harry Maguire own goal made it 3-0 before Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty to give the Red Devils a marker.

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Chelsea will meet London rivals Arsenal at Wembley for the FA Cup Final on Aug. 1, as it was London 2-0 Manchester in the semifinals.

The Blues and Gunners have combined to appear in 33 FA Cup Finals with 21 wins between the two (Arsenal’s 13 are the most in FA Cup history). Arsenal beat Chelsea in the 2002 and 2017 FA Cup Finals.


Three things we learned

1. Bailly suffers scary head injury: Ivorian center back Eric Bailly has had his fair share of injuries at Old Trafford, but the one that felled him Sunday was scary for other reasons. Bailly went head-to-head with teammate Harry Maguire and both needed medical attention. While Maguire deemed fit to return with a bandage, a bleeding Bailly was able to walk off the pitch but then laid back on the turf outside the touch line for more care. Bailly was then given oxygen and put in a neck brace before being wheeled off the field on a stretcher.

2. Paging Mr. Henderson: David De Gea developed from his early mediocre days at United to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world but he’s made a series of miserable errors this year. His inability to stop Giroud’s opener can be explained away by an ardent DDG supporter but his error on Mount’s long-range shot was putrid. He did well to deny Giroud with a slap in the 59th, but the damage was done. Cries for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give current Sheffield United loan man Dean Henderson a chance to claim the starter’s spot next season will only grow after De Gea’s Sunday at Wembley.

3. Lampard out-wits Solskjaer: Both managers knew they entered the day two wins from silverware but also in control of their Champions League destinies through the Premier League route. Both teams have Wednesday matches, so there was going to be some rotation. Chelsea didn’t have N’Golo Kante and couldn’t start Christian Pulisic due to a minor injury (though the American was shown warming up during the match).

Lampard went for it, arguably starting his best available XI. Solskjaer switched things up and used Daniel James up top despite the youngster having just one goal, against LASK, in 2020. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were on the bench,

Yes, Ole’s in this match for the duration if De Gea’s anywhere near his usual self. Maybe that should weigh a bit more on our analysis but United looked like a team with little concern for hardware.

Man of the Match

Mount — You’ve gotta shoot to score and Mount was willing to do that. He hasn’t had a strong second half of the season compared to his start to the campaign at Chelsea, but Mount was dangerous on the dribble and could’ve scored two. He also made a terrific steal to set up his drive past De Gea. Honorable mention: Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been the Blues rock for weeks (and probably much longer).


Manchester United – Chelsea recap

The first half was relatively sleepy for 30 minutes aside from an adventurous Reece James shot that troubled David De Gea.

It began to open up when a Marcus Rashford-won free kick added some excitement. Wily Caballero had to poke Bruno Fernandes’ arrow over the bar.

At the other end, Mason Mount rolled a tepid 20-yard effort to David De Gea.

United had already seen Eric Bailly suffer an injury and attempt to stay on when Harry Maguire clashed heads with the Ivorian center back. Bailly was removed from the game and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose offense in deploying Anthony Martial in his place.

Chelsea scored deep in stoppage but De Gea and Victor Lindelof will both be upset that Giroud’s outside-of-the-boot flick of a Cesar Azpilicueta cross battled its way off the prone keeper’s body and over the line.

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Mount made it 2-0 very early in the second half Mount picked off a miserable pass to the center of the pitch and hit a low shot that De Gea absolutely bungled.

De Gea made the save on Giroud’s deflected shot before the hour mark to keep it 2-0.

Maguire then poked a Marcos Alonso cross to Antonio Rudiger off De Gea to complete the scoring with 16 minutes to play.

Callum Hudson-Odoi cut down Anthony Martial in the box late to set up Fernandes’ finish.

Rashford leads Manchester United to win at Palace

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Marcus Rashford scored and set up Anthony Martial for another as Manchester United kept up its top four pace with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Thursday.

United needed VAR to deny Jordan Ayew an equalizer, leaving it late to cement their three points and a spot below Leicester City on the PL table.

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United and Leicester both have 62 points to matches to play, and the Red Devils are three goals behind Leicester on goal differential. Chelsea sits third with 63 points, with only two of the three fit for the Champions League.

Palace has lost six-straight matches and sit 14th with 42 points. Patrick van Aanholt was stretchered off the field in a horrible incident late in the match, leading to 11 minutes to stoppage time.

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Three things we learned

1. Red Devils very fortunate: Maybe it’s the schedule congestion, but the big boys have been getting big scares lately. United again tried to give away a win on Thursday, the back post open time and again. Palace has the ball in the back of the net once but VAR overruled Jordan Ayew’s goal for offside.

2. Rashford runs point: Rashford’s goal was his third in his last four league outings, and he has a goal contribution in five of six. The finish was cool and classy, stopping on a dime as three Palace players lunged to block his left-footed shot only to find out it was sailing off his right foot into the other side of the goal.

3. Scary injury for Palace: Longtime fullback Patrick van Aanholt was left needing oxygen and a stretcher in an incident that occurred as Martial scored his goal. The Dutchman was in clear distress and it affected his teammates to watch Van Aanholt carefully loaded onto the stretcher.

Man of the Match

Rashford was wonderful and an easy shout but spare thoughts for Bruno Fernandes, who continues to produce in the Premier League, and David De Gea keeping United in it with five saves on the day.


Crystal Palace – Manchester United recap

Palace looked good in the opening stages, requiring several United blocks in a sixth-minute sequence in the Red Devils’ third.

Harry Maguire couldn’t turn a corner kick on goal in the 39th minute of a pretty sleepy half in South London.

United got its goal in stoppage time, Rashford fooling three Palace players with a left-footed chop before slotting with his right.

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Palace appeared to have found its equalizer in the 55th minute as Zaha cued up Jordan Ayew at the back post for a sliding finish, but the striker was offside by a toe.

David De Gea had to make a fine save on a low James McCarthy drive in the 60th, and James McArthur sent an invitation to the back post which was absent receiver soon after.

Bruno Fernandes cranked a would-be insurance goal off the post but made amends within minutes when he nutmegged Luka Milivojevic with a pass to Rashford, who set up Martial for his 17th of the season.

VIDEO: Stanislas bamboozles Man United stars Maguire, De Gea

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Junior Stanislas made fools out of Man United stars Harry Maguire and David de Gea to give Bournemouth a shock lead at Old Trafford.

Man United turned it around in the first half as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford both scored to put the Red Devils in front, but Bournemouth gave them quite a scare early on.

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Stanisas had a shot which was blocked and he picked up the loose ball before nutmegging Harry Maguire, the most expensive defender in the history of the game, then somehow squeezing a shot home at the near post to beat David de Gea.

If there were fans inside Old Trafford they would have been stunned as both Maguire and De Gea were left scratching their heads in disbelief. Quite how Stanislas managed to score from this angle is a mind-boggling. It was great skill from the Bournemouth winger but also woeful defensive work from Man United.

Somewhere Roy Keane is apoplectic with rage at the defending on Stanislas’ goal, as Man United battled back well but they cannot afford many more mistakes like this if they’re going to finish in the top four this season.

Take a look at the video above to check out Junior Stanislas beating both Maguire and De Gea to score a memorable goal.

Solskjaer: De Gea ‘best goalkeeper in the world’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes David de Gea is the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ and has thrown his full support behind the Man United and Spain superstar.

De Gea, 29, was at fault for Steven Bergwijn’s goal in Man United’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Friday and was heavily criticized by former Man United captain Roy Keane among many others.

Solskjaer doesn’t agree that De Gea is ‘overrated’ and backed his goalkeeper to continue to make big saves.

“David is the best goalkeeper in the world,” Solskjaer said. “He’s conceded two goals in the last seven games he’s played for us. There are two games against City, Chelsea, of course Tottenham, Everton. Two goals in seven games, we’ve gone on a run not conceding goals. The Everton one is a freak one, maybe. This one, he cannot save it. He makes great saves, he wins games for us and I still think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world. David’s working really hard. He’s not making errors that you see time and time again. He’s been consistently working hard in training and I’m very pleased with his work.”

Let us first remember that De Gea was named Man United’s player of the season for four out of five seasons from 2014 to 2018 and consistently was the main reason they had any chance of a top four finish in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

That said, there has been an increase in mistakes from the Spanish goalkeeper both for club and country over the last few seasons and the reason it is so noticeable is because he was so good previously. After being linked with a move to Real Madrid for what seemed like an eternity, he has signed a long-term extension at Man United and there’s no doubt he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Jan Oblak, Thibaut Courtois, Marc Andre ter Stegen, Manuel Neuer, Ederson and Alisson are right up there with him too, but perhaps one of the reasons for De Gea’s dip in form is down to a lack of competition?

Sergio Romero is happy enough to play in the League Cup, Europa League and the odd FA Cup game but De Gea isn’t challenged at all as United’s starting goalkeeper. Dean Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United and has had a really good season for the Blades and some are suggesting that the 23-year-old should come back to Old Trafford to challenge for the starting spot next season.

It would appear that is maybe a few seasons too early for Henderson but maybe it would create more competition and help De Gea raise his game so he will be back to being the undisputed number one goalkeeper in the world. Solskjaer has said Henderson will be a future Man United and England number one but if De Gea keeps making big mistakes, maybe that future target for Henderson will be in 6-12 months time.