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●● ●● how he failed to hit the tar­get with a free header from six yards out.

Mar­cus Rash­ford will re­play his one-on-one with Thibaut Cour­tois time and again.

And Phil Jones will wish he just stayed on his feet when chas­ing Haz­ard into the box in what proved to be the de­ci­sive mo­ment of this match.

But United fans will all be ask­ing the same ques­tion - why did it take so long for their play­ers to re­alise they were in a cup final?

Mour­inho’s side emerged from the half­time in­ter­val a dif­fer­ent team.

The first 45 min­utes had been char­ac­terised by their sloppy pass­ing, lethar­gic move­ment and clue­less at­tacks. Chelsea weren’t much bet­ter - Haz­ard aside - but they didn’t need to be.

From the restart United upped the tempo, if not the qual­ity en­tirely.

Chelsea were put on the back foot by Jesse Lin­gard’s dart­ing runs and pulled out of shape by the move­ment of Rash­ford and Alexis Sanchez.

An­der Her­rera and Ne­manja Matic won the ball high up the pitch and Pogba ap­plied the pres­sure with runs from deep.

The French­man typ­i­fied the change in United.

At times he looked dis­in­ter­ested in the first half, but now he was pass­ing the ball at pace - con­stantly of­fer­ing him­self up as an op­tion for team-mates.

Chelsea’s only re­sponse was a rear­guard ac­tion and the hope to hit United on the break. They did when Mar­cos Alonso forced a save from David de Gea from close range - and they could have won an­other penalty when Ash­ley Young han­dled in his own box.

But that was a rare re­prieve from what was re­lent­less pres­sure from United, who had started with­out Romelu Lukaku - still suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of his an­kle in­jury.

Rash­ford and Matic forced saves from Cour­tois as Mour­inho’s men con­tin­ued to press for an equaliser.

Sanchez had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled off­side.

Ul­ti­mately, United end the sea­son tro­phy­less, but this was a glimpse of what they can do on the front foot - and it at least gave their sup­port some­thing to cheer on a day of dis­ap­point­ment.

The fear is Mour­inho will see the man­ner in which Chelsea tri­umphed and be tempted to re­vert to type.

Jose Mour­inho and Phil Jones, who gave away the penalty

Mar­cus Rash­ford af­ter the final whis­tle

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