Maurizio Sarri’s hopes of hanging on to his job are hanging by a thread after another dismal defeat as Paul Pogba drove Manchester United into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over the troubled holders.
Pogba set up United’s opening goal for Ander Herrera with a majestic cross and the France star added the second himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side produced a commanding display at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s lacklustre fifth round exit – their first FA Cup defeat since the 2017 final – was another painful blow for Sarri, who is facing a fight to save his job following a dismal debut season.
Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat for 28 years when they were thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City earlier this month, an indignity that came just weeks after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.
Amid claims Sarri has lost the support of his players, the former Napoli boss watched ashen-faced as Chelsea collapsed again for a fifth defeat in their last 10 games.
Sarri was subjected to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” and “you’re getting sacked in the morning” from frustrated Chelsea fans, who called for their former star Frank Lampard, now in charge of Derby, to replace the Italian.
It was the worst possible start to a defining period for Sarri, whose stubborn tactics and dubious man-management have come under intense scrutiny.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s reward for beating holders Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie is a quarter-final trip to Wolves.
Premier League champions Manchester City are at Championship side Swansea City, with Millwall – another second-tier side – at home to Brighton.
Watford host Crystal Palace in the other last-eight tie.
The quarter-final games will be played from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize money.