On Monday night, Chelsea raced to a 1-0 victory against fellow Premier League side Manchester United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup to set up a semi-final encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho started with a 3-5-2 formation, hoping to contain the offensive strengths of Chelsea. However, his plans went out of the window when midfielder Ander Herrera received an early bath for a second yellow in the 35th minute.
This saw Chelsea establish control over the game, and despite United’s resistance, they finally managed to break the deadlock in the 51st minute. N’Golo Kante, whose previous goal for the London outfit came against the Red Devils in October.
Chelsea left winger Eden Hazard, too, had an exceptional game and gave the United defenders a run for their money every single time the ball was at his feet. Fans on Twitter heaped heavy praise on the Belgian for his outstanding performance:
Eden Hazard vs Man United:
99% pass accuracy
6 times fouled
3 shots pic.twitter.com/MX6mElXDJu
— ️ (@ContehoIic) March 13, 2017
I thank God for the life of Eden Hazard
— 5'9 (@Lobbed_Out) March 13, 2017
It wasn't a good performance from Chelsea by any means. Too many sloppy passes, play. Eden Hazard the difference between the teams.
— Mr.BlueGuy (@ItsMrBlueGuy) March 13, 2017
Eden Hazard – brilliant footballer, even better actor.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 13, 2017
Rojo giving a stamp on Hazard and he doesn't even overreact. Some United fans calling him a diver it's pathetic. pic.twitter.com/WXDUin7tPl
— Hazard Stuff (@HazardStuff_) March 13, 2017
— Garry (@GazTheDragon) March 13, 2017
Really enjoying all this attacking football from Man Utd.
Today they're attacking Eden Hazard.
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) March 13, 2017
While there were some who criticised Mourinho’s tactics, the others were impressed by the passion the Portuguese manager showed against his former side.
Manchester United are down to 9 men as Mourinho brings on Marouane Fellaini. pic.twitter.com/QGVrB7X89b
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 13, 2017
With every game he plays, seems evident that Antonio Valencia should be the next captain of Manchester United. Classy operator.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 13, 2017
Never thought I'd adore Jose Mourinho. Compare his passion to LVG's. He's the right man for Manchester United! He'll get us back.
— ManUnitedTalk (@ManUnitedTalk) March 13, 2017
Kante’s wonder goal from distance was a major talking point, and his work-rate was key in Chelsea securing the win against United.
2 – Both of N'Golo Kante's goals for Chelsea have come against Manchester United. Unlocked.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 13, 2017
89 – N'Golo Kante has just been arrested by the Met Police after leaving Stamford Bridge with £89 million in his back pocket. Dab.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) March 13, 2017
All hail King Kante 👑🙌 pic.twitter.com/i4HM53XvLL
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) March 13, 2017
— N'Golo Kanté (@nglkante) March 13, 2017
Kante sent Fellaini back to Evertonpic.twitter.com/rxzbdxdhpS
— ️ (@CescMagician) March 13, 2017
Pogba should be embarrassed for laughing around with Conte and Kante.
Back in SAF days, you do that and you're out of the club.
— Moonis (@Moeen_MUFC) March 13, 2017
Kante cost almost £60m less than Pogba. The end.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) March 13, 2017
🌎 71% of the earth is covered by water.
😅 The remaining 29% is covered by N'Golo Kanté @ChelseaFC Hahahahahahha
— Marcel Desailly (@marceldesailly) March 14, 2017
Perhaps we should bring Kanté into this country to TACKLE corruption. .
— Kwadwo Sheldon (@amoaphoGh) March 14, 2017