United will now face Wolves at Molineux in the quarter-final while Chelsea fans turn on Maurizio Sarri
United, who will face Wolves at Molineux in the quarter-final, were aggressive and clinical in the first half, going ahead through Ander Herrera’s header from Pogba’s superb left-wing cross (31), before Pogba scored a powerful header of his own from Marcus Rashford’s beauty of a delivery from the right (45)
And the visitors kept Chelsea at bay through periods of pressure in the second half with a gritty and professional display, meaning United bounced straight back from their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for only their third win at Stamford Bridge in 23 attempts.
Subs: Willian (6), Barkley (5), Zappacosta (NA)
Man Utd: Romero (6), Young (7), Lindelof (7), Smalling (7), Shaw (7), Herrera (9), Matic (7), Pogba (9), Mata (8), Lukaku (6), Rashford (8)
Subs: Sanchez (6), Pereira (6), McTominay (NA)
Man of the match: Paul Pogba
It was a nightmare evening for under-pressure Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, whose second-half substitutions were roundly jeered as home fans criticised his methods and sang “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”
During a frantic but even opening, Sergio Romero was tested twice by David Luiz’s free-kick and Pedro’s follow-up, before Gonzalo Higuain headed wide in space from 12 yards.
But United grew into the game and were ahead just after the half-hour mark; Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku combined before spreading left to Pogba, who worked it onto his right foot and brilliantly found Herrera at the back post to nod home unmarked.
And it was 2-0 just before the break as Pogba started and finished a fine counter, finding Rashford on the right flank and latching onto the forward’s superb, curling delivery to power a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga, who did get a touch on the effort.