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Chelsea v Man United Antonio Conte faces Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup

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Chelsea capitalised on Ander Herrera's sending-off to win a hard-fought FA Cup quarter-final with holders Manchester United and maintain their pursuit of a domestic Double.

N'Golo Kante broke the deadlock early in the second half when he fired home a low strike into the bottom corner and past an outstretched David De Gea.

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Well played, Jose. Chelsea's best years in the Premier League arguably came during Mourinho's reign, so for their fans to abuse him is disrespectful.

And he suffered his biggest defeat in English football when Chelsea won 4-0 in the Premier League last October.

Mkhitaryan and Lingard will cover the flanks while the defence remain unchanged.

If Rashford had not been able to go, Mourinho had been expected to turn to Marouane Fellaini at centre-forward with Juan Mata or Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the nearest supporting role.

United should have been level in the 58th minute, as Rashford was left one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, but the striker fired straight at the Blues shot-stopper.

The Manchester United players protested the decision furiously and many neutral observers also felt the decision looked somewhat harsh.

Mourinho is not adverse to pre-match verbal sparring or "mind games" but Conte, whose side are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and 17 in front of sixth-placed United, said: "I'm very focused on the pitch".

Chelsea have reached their 22 FA Cup semi-final, the fifth highest total in the competitions history (Arsenal 29, Man Utd 28, Everton 26, Liverpool 24).

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