Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 defeat over Chelsea Monday night to push beleaguered manager Maurizio Sarri closer to the sack.
Pogba set up United’s opening goal for Ander Herrera with a majestic cross that the Spanish midfielder guided home from five yards out, and the France star added the second himself, powering home Marcus Rashford’s cross just before half-time to swat aside the harried hosts.
The victory ended United’s nine-game winless run at Chelsea as interim manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer continues to bolster his reputation despite last week’s Champions League last 16 first leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea’s lacklustre fifth-round exit — their first FA Cup defeat since the 2017 final — was another painful blow for Sarri, who is facing a fight to save his job following a dismal debut season.
Amid claims Sarri has lost the support of his players, the former Napoli boss watched ashen-faced as Chelsea collapsed again for a fifth defeat in their last 10 games.
Sarri was subjected to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning” from frustrated Chelsea fans, who called for their former star Frank Lampard, now in charge of Derby, to replace the Italian.
United are through to the last eight for a fifth consecutive season as they look to win the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time and first since 2016.
They will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the quarterfinal after the draw was conducted Monday night, while neighbours Manchester City are away at Swansea City.
Watford host Crystal Palace and Millwall clash with Brighton & Hove Albion in the other games.