LUS : L
●● ●● 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