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  • N'Golo Kante strike after 51 minutes puts Chelsea into FA Cup semi-finals.
  • Ander Herrera was sent off for two bookable offences inside the first half.
  • Marcus Rashford led Manchester United's attack this evening despite reports claiming he was set to miss out due to illness.
  • 19-year-old "put himself up" for selection, says manager Jose Mourinho.
  • Semi-final draw to follow after tonight's match.
N'Golo Kante

That's it! Chelsea join Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final draw. The double is on for Antonio Conte.

Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Costa's evening is over, Michy Batshuayi comes on for the final few minutes of this match. United look done here.

Smalling inexplicably gives the ball away in the Chelsea box and the Blues mount forward on the counter. It's Costa vs Jones while the Spaniard waits for reinforcements and it comes in the form of Fabregas. He lashed a shot from the edge of the box on goal but De Gea makes a good save with Rojo doing brilliantly to block up a follow up effort.

Four minutes of time added on. Four minutes for United to rescue something.

Moses hasn't looked right since that challenge from Young and Kurt Zouma is onto replace him for the final few minutes.

Chelsea continue to probe but Jones halts it with a clean interception, before flinging a ball upfield for Rashford to chase. It doesn't quite reach him, and play is brought back for a foul on the United defender from Costa, who is booked.

Chelsea go in for the kill again but Valencia comes to the rescue, completing a 40 yard sprint to make a crucial interception. Jose is running out of time here.

Six minutes of the 90 remain on the clock.

United venture forward with Valencia doing well down the right. He cuts back to Jones whose cross is overhit, but Lingard does brilliantly to cut it back across the face of the box to Pogba. He lines the shot up, but drags a meek effort wide. He has disappointed again tonight.

Here's a change from each side. Cesc Fabregas replaces Willian for the Blues while Jesse Lingard, who scored a superb goal here last season, is on for Young.

Now Young is booked. Moses does well to deny the United man's run down the wing and takes the ball off him, breaking down the same flank. Young isn't letting him go, however, slides in with an ugly challenge to bring him down.

Moments ago, Valencia brought down Hazard with a challenge far uglier than the one which saw Herrera sent off. No punishment for the Ecuadorian, however.

Chelsea should be two ahead. United are undone down the right with Willian jumping a challenge from Rojo to slide an enticing ball across goal. Costa is lying in wait but he cannot make contact with the ball as it flashes across goal.

Willian tries to catch de Gea out with a first-time strike towards the near post but the United goalkeeper is alive to it, punching away for a corner.

United are pinned in their own half at the moment. Rashford's effort proved Chelsea cannot afford to rest on a 1-0 lead and Antonio Conte knows this.

Costa and Rojo are involved in another incident with the Spain striker hitting the deck in dramatic fashion after the Argentine ran into him. The whistle had already been blown for offside.

N'Golo Kante

Somewhere in the middle of all that is N'Golo Kante being mobbed by his teammates.

Costa appeals for a penalty after being felled in the box but it was an excellent challenge from Rojo, who hooked his leg across to nudge the ball away.

Willian close to a second! Kante has the chance to shoot from similar range but brilliantly dummies to send Fellaini flying. He shifts the ball onto Willian who curls one towards the top corner but it flies just over.

Chelsea burst forward on the counter, settling for a corner after an important block from Rojo. The ball reaches Costa who is unmarked in the box but he powers his header wide! What a chance.

Courtois saves Chelsea! It's brilliant from Rashford who capitalises on an error from Luiz and runs at Cahill, effortlessly wrong-footing the centre-half to break into the box. He tries to drill one low under the Chelsea goalkeeper but Courtois makes himself big to make a crucial save.

United still have Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata on the bench if Jose Mourinho feels another change is needed. Only problem is, his side can't get the ball off the opposition at the moment.

United are still not coming out despite slipping behind, inviting Chelsea to shoot from range. Azpilicueta obliges again, but again fires well over the bar.

Chelsea have the lead! Kante receives the ball 25 yards out from goal with Pogba standing off him and the Blues midfielder curls a precise low effort out of De Gea's reach and into the far corner. A strike from out of nowhere.

Goal! Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (N'Golo Kante, 51)

The ball falls to Azpilicueta a good 25 yards out from goal and the Spaniard fired a wild effort well over the bar.

Pogba is fouled by Azpiliceuta and United have the chance to swing the ball in from the left. Young's delivery is desperately poor however and it is swept clear by the first Chelsea man.

And we are back underway for the second half at Stamford Bridge.

Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United

Two minutes of time added on in this first-half. United look like they will cling on for now.

Ander Herrera

Herrera's second yellow.

Moses blasts one clean over the bar. Meanwhile, Mourinho and Conte are having a slanging match on the touchline after a slight disagreement. This is going to boil over at some point, guaranteed.

United need to cling on until half-time now. Fellaini is on, but their game plan has been turned on its head. Chelsea currently on the attack.

From that free kick, De Gea punches the ball clear but is left in a heap after catching an elbow in the mid-drift from Diego Costa,

Mkhitaryan is the unlucky one, he is hauled off to make way for Marouane Fellaini.

Herrera has been shown a second yellow! Moments after Jones avoided one, Herrera catches Hazard with a trailing leg and he is gone. United players swarm Michael Olivier in protest but the decision has been made.

Marouane Fellaini is already preparing to come on.

RED CARD - Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Hazard draws another foul from a United player as Jones sends him tumbling. It looks like he will get away with a warning for now.

Pogba hasn't been able to pull the strings in the final third but he's providing a very disciplined performance in a deeper role so far this evening.

Jones slides in to take the ball from Alonso but he sweeps it into the path of Hazard who drives towards goal again. He breaks into the box menacingly once again but his effort on goal is a wild one that is fired into the crowd.

Eden Hazard

This man has tormented United defenders at times so far tonight. But we are still goalless after half an hour.

Hazard has United's defence backpeddling in a panic again until Pogba wins the ball from him with a beauty of a sliding challenge. United quickly get the ball upfield with Rashford bringing it out of the air beautifully, but his ball into the middle one is a disappointing one and Courtois easily collects.

Young almost fights his way inside the box coming in from the left but Kante manages to get a foot in to intercept. United keep the ball however and keep the pressure on.

Costa lays the ball off for Matic about 30 yards out from goal and the midfielder heaves a woeful effort clean over the bar.

Ander Herrera is shown the first yellow card of the game. Hazard moves over to the right and cuts inside, playing a one two with Costa on the edge of the box. As the Belgian goes to reach the return, Herrera steps across and stops his firmly in his tracks.

Hazard is tormenting United at the moment; they cannot get near him.

Sensational from De Gea, he has just saved his side twice inside a minute.

What a save from De Gea! The resulting corner falls to Cahill who shoots from five yards out, but the Spaniard reacts brilliantly to get down and palm it around the post.

Brilliant from Hazard! The Belgian lures Smalling in and beats the centre-half with a sublime Cruyff turn before bursting down the inside left. He twists inside past Rojo and fires low across goal but is denied by a brilliant save from De Gea.


Nearly 15 minutes in and it's fair to say Paul Pogba is winning this all-French midfield battle so far.

First effort on goal from United. They win another battle in midfield with Pogba hooking a ball over for Rashford to run onto. He's intercepted after a fine challenge from Azpiliceuta, with Mkhitaryan picking up the pieces and looking for goal from 20 yards out but his effort fizzes wide.

Pogba wins possession in midfield and ushers the ball forward to Rashford who momentarily has space to race into. Matic steps across to halt him however.

Darmian gets too close to Hazard and gives away a free kick just inside the Chelsea box. Had the Belgian got around him the counter attack would have been on.

Jones is patrolling Eden Hazard across the pitch at the moment. Old-school man marking job for the former Blackburn Rovers defender tonight, then.

Rojo leaves an early one on Costa on the half way line and Chelsea have the free kick.

Free header for Rojo! The Argentine gets away from Luiz as the cross comes in but he's mistimed his jump and the ball bounces off his forehead more than anything ans sails over.

It looks like Phil Jones is operating in a sitting midfield role. He bursts forward to help move the ball down the right with Valencia winning an early corner.

And Chelsea get us underway at Stamford Bridge.

Kick-off is minutes away; here is one last look at those starting XIs.

Chelsea team to face Manchester United: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi

Manchester United team to face Chelsea: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata

Marcus Rashford is going through his final warm-ups at Stamford Bridge. He's made the decision to play himself tonight after his recent illness.

Marcus Rashford

Paul Pogba of course starts. The Frenchman has turned in two pretty underwhelming performances against Rostov and Bournemouth, he will have to step up tonight.

Paul Pogba

Could we see Phil Jones return to midfield, perhaps? He hasn't played there since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, but he could be shifted up there this evening to help deal with the threat of Eden Hazard or in the midfield battle with N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.

Phil Jones

Jose Mourinho is being quizzed by BBC Sport on what formation he has selected tonight. He is giving nothing up. "I can't explain. Just keep speaking in the studio, keep entertaining the people at home. See the game and after a couple of minutes you will understand."

Oh Jose.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho already has fears over a fixture pile up at the end of the season. Getty

So is three at the back from Mourinho tonight? Here's one possible alternative.

GK: De Gea
RB: Darmian
CB: Smalling
CB: Jones
LB: Rojo
CM: Herrera
CM: Pogba
RW: Valencia
AM: Mkhitaryan
LW: Young
FW: Rashford

Any takers?

Commendable stuff from Marcus Rashford. The 19-year-old steps up tonight knowing his manager has no other options to lead his attack. But has it completely shaken off the illness that had him down as a doubt in the first place?

Jose Mourinho has been talking to BBC Sport ahead of kick-off and he says the decision for Marcus Rashford to start comes from the player himself.

"The decision has come from him. He understands the situation, he is the only one forward with a chance to play. He put himself on the line and he plays. Let's see how he goes."

Chelsea's team tonight is what he have come to expect from them; incredibly strong-looking. Antonio Conte has opted to rest Thibaut Courtois, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso in previous rounds of this competition this season but all three start tonight.

Cesc Fabregas misses out with the familiar midfield partnership of N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic positioned in midfield with Willian preferred to Pedro in an attacking three that also features Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Right, now that the dust has settled, let's have a proper look at those teams then.

It looks like Jose Mourinho had decided to play three centre-halves and two wing-backs tonight, similar to Chelsea's own system. He makes four changes in all with David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcus Rashford in for Sergio Romero, Marouane Fellaini, Daley Blind and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That team selected would suggest a back three of Jones/Smalling/Rojo flanked by Valencia and Darmian either side.

Marcus Rashford starting is the biggest surprise of the evening but a close second must be Fellaini's absence. The Belgium international starts on the bench with Rashford supported by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ashley Young, with Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba tasked with doing battle with N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park.

Marcus Rashford

Here he is. Marcus Rashford fills the sizeable boots of Zlatan Ibrahimovic this evening. Hundreds of pieces speculating on how Marouane Fellaini would start in attack are instantly laid to waste.

Chelsea team to face Manchester United: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi

BREAKING: Thibaut Courtois, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso start their first matches for Chelsea in the FA Cup this season.

It looks like Jose Mourinho has named three at the back for tonight's match, as he did midweek against Rostov. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo start in the middle, flanked either side by Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian.

Still no team news from Chelsea...

Manchester United team to face Chelsea: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata

BREAKING: Marcus Rashford starts up front for Manchester United despite claims he'd miss out due to illness.

With all his centre forwards injured ahead of a Europa League clash last February, Louis van Gaal famously called upon a little-known youngster from the youth ranks named Marcus Rashford to lead his attack. The rest his history.

One thing is for certain, Jose Mourinho won't pull a similar stunt this evening. United's Under-23 side are in action against their Southampton counterparts tonight and their only real second string forward in Scott McTominay is present and accounted for.

Stamford Bridge

Fans are beginning to arrive at Stamford Bridge ahead of kick-off.

In addition to tonight's match, there is also the small matter of the FA Cup-semi-final draw tonight. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have already booked their places. The draw will take place shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge later tonight.

Could Jose be about to pull a fast one on us?

Team news: Manchester United

So if Martial, Rashford and Rooney have all joined Zlatan Ibrahimovic in not being available tonight, what can Jose Mourinho do? His side will already be feeling the effects of a gruelling run of four games in 10 days so this won't help matters.

As we see it, there are two options, the likely one being Marouane Fellaini deployed up front with the hope that his presence can trouble Chelsea in the same way Dele Alli and Tottenham did at the turn of the year.

Marouane Fellaini
Will Fellaini's physical attributes ensure he gets the nod at Stamford Bridge? g

The downside to that is the chronic lack of mobility that could leave United with in the final third. Jesse Lingard could combat that.

Jesse Lingard
Lingard scored the winner in the FA Cup final and will provide the United attack with genuine pace. Getty Images

Here's our breakdown of all the options Mourinho could be mulling over.

Team news: Manchester United

United are yet to confirm the potentially horrifying news that they have arrived in London today without a single fit recognised striker among their ranks. But if you ignore the potential disaster up front, Jose Mourinho has most of his squad available. Eric Bailly is fit again having served his one-match ban in Europe with all of his players coming through unscathed after Thursday night's match on that treacherous pitch at Rostov.

Eric Bailly
At least Bailly is available tonight. Getty Images

Antonio Conte on what team he will pick tonight

"The FA Cup is a great competition and for this reason I want to try to make the best decision for the game against United. We didn't play in the week, our last game was Monday, and then we play again on Saturday. I don't see the necessity to rest players, because United will do the same against us."

Team news: Chelsea

Unlike tonight's opponents, Chelsea, the strongest side in the league, do not have a single notable absentee or injury concern to worry about. Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from and, in more good news for United, insists he will not be tempted to rest players.

Thibaut Courtois, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are yet to play a single minute in the competition this season having been rested against Peterborough, Brentford and Wolves but are all expected to feature tonight.

David Luiz
Luiz yet to play in the FA Cup this season. Getty

What's worse than travelling to the home of the league leaders without your first choice striker? Why travelling to the home of the league leaders without any strikers at all, of course.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's three-match ban means Manchester United are already understrength for tonight's FA Cup quarter-final clash against Chelsea, who don't have a single injury concern to their name.

Wide-ranging reports now suggest however Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are now also expected to miss out due to injury and illness. It would be nothing short of an unprecedented disaster for Jose Mourinho, who has already been humbled once on his former stomping ground this season after a 4-0 thrashing last October.

How on earth can United combat such a setback? Sticking a big lad up front and hoping for the best maybe their only course of action, with Marouane Fellaini ticking all the "big lad" boxes.

Or maybe... just maybe, Jose is having us on. Prompt Chelsea to make plans for the sizeable presence of Fellaini only to have the quicksilver Marcus Rashford miraculously recover to lead the line? Stranger things have happened.

Stick around, we'll have all your team news and build-up here leading up to kick-off at 7:45pm.