The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute, Hazard once again exploiting some poor play by Jones. A legend, of course, at both of these clubs as player and coach. We made a decision that he was not ready to start. If so, the Wembley date would be Conte's last as boss. A sublime touch left Jones scrambling and the Belgian converted the spot-kick that followed with nonchalant ease.
In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. He was fortunate to stay on the field, though Hazard made no mistake with a clinical penalty. Alexis Sánchez, predictably dreadful as he has been at United, has been there and done it all. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. In a poignant moment prior to that, two enormous banners at each end of the stadium paying tribute to the late Ray Wilkins were unfurled.
Above all, Mourinho will be hoping to keep a clean sheet and praying that a defensive slip-up or some manner of anti-Conte protest from the Chelsea defenders hands Man Utd victory. Charlie predicts: 3-2 and Giroud to score first. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. United were better in the second half. Mourinho did confirm David de Gea would be starting ahead of Sergio Romero. Mourinho is clapping away, applauding their intent and purpose. Fireworks explode and flames shoot into the Wembley sky as the two teams emerge at Wembley.
Jack Gaughan: Ander Herrera tasked with a proper old fashioned man-marking job on Eden Hazard. We'll find out the confirmed team line-ups at 4. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. It will be a tactical game.
When Pogba is unleashed on the left side of a 4-3-3, defenses beware. United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Here are all the highlights from the match. Oliver called it just right — Bakayoko had tripped himself up. Olivier Giroud is unbeaten in 10 games with the Blues and Arsenal there. This is the eighth meeting in all competitions between these sides at Wembley. Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.
So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. It won the title five times in the last seven years. Mourinho reacts with grace, embracing his opposite number Antonio Conte. David De Gea is among the best goalkeepers in the world. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs.
How it will pain their fans that Liverpool are in next weekend's Champions League final in Kiev. We didn't have the best season. Should have equalised with a header late on. Nyantakyi smiles as he stuffs the wads of cash into a black plastic bag and agrees to use his position as president of the Ghanaian Football Association to help the businessmen — for a cut of their profits. Anas, who himself has gone undercover to investigate issues like human trafficking and corruption among Ghanaian judges, appears in public wearing elaborate, multicolored veils over his face to protect his identity. On the European front, United fared little better.
United have already booked their place in next season's Champions League by finishing second in the league and, while that may be an improvement on his maiden campaign, Mourinho will surely be disappointed if he finishes his second term without a single trophy. Their meek, gutless performances in defeats to Manchester City, Tottenham and Sevilla will live long in the memory, and every big game is now a potential ordeal for United fans. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Guess how happy he is about it? Time for the traditional pre-match Cup final hymn 'Abide with Me'.
For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. Barcelona has made it at least to the quarterfinals in the Copa in nine straight seasons. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. Levante said it will make a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation on Friday, ahead of the draw for the quarterfinals. Can United turn it around? Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw.