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Chelsea vs. Manchester United, 2013 FA Cup: Demba Ba fires Blues to semifinal

It's been a tough season for Chelsea, but they're still in the FA Cup. Juan Mata and Demba Ba combined for a fantastic winner against Manchester United on Monday.

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A game to forget in a forgettable season

England’s three biggest clubs must have hoped for more than this from 2013.

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Demba Ba sinks United

Demba Ba and Juan Mata combined for the only goal of the FA Cup replay between Chelsea and Manchester United to fire the Blues to the semifinal.

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Ashley Cole injured against Manchester United

Chelsea's starting left back has picked up a hamstring injury and was forced to exit their FA Cup replay.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester United underway

We're underway at Stamford Bridge, and given Chelsea's recent results and the team that Manchester United has fielded for this FA Cup replay, Roman Abramovich might have to fire Rafa Benitez before the end of the season in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Alex Ferguson has kept Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa on the bench, with Rooney the only one of those who has any kind of injury. Rafael is being rested as well. Chelsea kept their best attackers on the bench over the weekend, so they'll like their chances in this one.

When the lineup came out, it looked like Phil Jones would play right back with Antonio Valenica in front of him. Instead, Valencia is at right back, Nani at right midfield, Tom Cleverley at left midfield and Phil Jones in the center of midfield with Michael Carrick. That would be a very odd decision if it was made by anyone other than Alex Ferguson.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester United: Lineups

Alex Ferguson has rested Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa for Champions League, while Chelsea is playing their strongest team.

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United heads to Stamford Bridge for FA Cup replay

Manchester United and Chelsea will square off in a FA Cup quarterfinal replay after the Red Devils let a 2-0 lead to the Blues slip away in their first clash.

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