Their play was slow and ponderous.
Too many lateral passes.
Horrendous possession losses in their own half.
Two soft goal-keeping errors from De Gea, who is just celebrating his 400th cap for United.
Obviously he celebrated too hard.
And Harry McGuire scored an own goal to make De Gea’s afternoon worse.
United were the bookie’s favourite as well as coming into this game unbeaten in 19 games. They looked like boys against men. Brandon Williams lost possession that lead to a goal. Daniel James too. Should thye have been played in this crunch game?
Lampard’s Chelsea clearly showed more passion, determination, intent and street sense.
Who will finish 3rd and 4th in theEPL is yet to be decided. United could still sneak through, courtesy Tottenham’s defeat of Leicester City. But it is clear that Ole Solskjaer got the team selection, tactics and motivation wrong today at Wembley.
He started without Pogba, Martial and Greenwood, which is hard to understand. He changed the steady and dependable Cup goalkeeper Romero, for De Gea. His team started sluggish and got more sluggish as the game progressed. They barely managed 2 shots on target in 102 minutes of play.
A Bruno Fernandes penalty, following a clear foul on Martial, was meagre consolation.
And Frank Lampard had the last laugh. Few would have bet on an all-London FA Cup Final, but Arsenal vs Chelsea is going to be a good game.