The electric atmosphere (mostly created by the away support) in Stamford Bridge was matched in quality by the game on field as United went down 3-2.
A Chelsea team that included first team rising star Josh McEachran went 2-0 up before the break via a brace from defender Nathaniel Chalobah but as against Liverpool in the previous round United fought back with Jesse Lingard putting us firmly back into the game after his half volleyed effort at the back post found the net.
Chelsea would regain their two goal advantage when Bobby Devyne was allowed to tap in Aziz Deen-Conteh’s cross from the left unmarked but again United fought back and Paul Pogba’s header gave United hope for the second leg which will be held at Old Trafford on April 20th.
Whilst Chelsea may have won the tie United can take heart in their performance and if not for a number of missed chance, could easily have gone into the second leg on equal terms if not in fact leading.
Add to the equation the return of a certain Ravel Morrison and the goals from Lingard and Pogba have set up a peach of a game to determine who takes on Sheffield United in the final of the competition.