Thomas Tuchel’s side were 14 minutes away from missing out on a top-four finish when they trailed at Villa Park while Liverpool and Leicester were both winning.
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Youri Tielemans scored a wonder goal and the video assistant referee (VAR) then came to the rescue for Leicester City to win the FA Cup for the first time.
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta rifled home a finish 40 minutes into a tight first half, while Marcos Alonso netted a superb late volley to seal Tuchel’s first win as Blues boss.
United, who had lost their opening two home games of the season, have seven points from five games and are 15th on the table, while Chelsea are in sixth position with nine points from six games.
Having netted four times against Tottenham in North London during the group stages, Gnabry made it six goals on English soil this term with two quick-fire second half goals, before Robert Lewandowski finished the Blues off in the first leg of the last 16 clash.
The Blues is free to spend again in January after seeing a transfer ban lifted, and getting a new left-back on board is a priority for manager Frank Lampard.
Brighton & Hove Albion forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored with a brilliant bicycle kick in the second half to cancel out Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener in an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he understood how Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock felt after his criticism of the referees and their head Mike Riley.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is getting used to fans calling for him to resign after his team laboured to a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Sunday.
First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazatte and Laurent Koscielny set up a convincing London derby victory for the Gunners, who leapfrog Manchester United back into fifth.
Chelsea legend Tommy Langley has admitted he feels sorry for Victor Moses, who could look to secure minutes away from Stamford Bridge in next month’s transfer window.
Azpilicueta has made 298 appearances for Chelsea since he signed from French side Marseille in 2012.
Arrizabalaga arrived at the club for a world record fee for a goalkeeper of 80 million euros (71.89 million pounds) from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.
West Ham, who had been much improved in beating Southampton 3-0 a week ago, offered little until Hernandez’s intervention soon after coming on.
Moses has not featured since limping out of last month’s shock defeat at Crystal Palace after 39 minutes, with Davide Zappacosta and Cesar Azpilicueta taking turns to fill in at right wing-back in his absence.
The Super Eagles flyer was converted into a wingback by Blues coach Antonio Conte last season, and he has revealed that Azpilicueta played a major role in helping him adapt to the new position.
The Blues dominated from start to finish at Stamford Bridge
The former Sweden international also helped the Red Devils remain unbeaten throughout December, winning five consecutive Premier League games
Azpilicueta signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea on Thursday, which will keep him at the club until 2020
Azpilcueta has also appeared in each of Chelsea’s 15 Premier League fixtures this season, and the Spaniard has admitted that he is delighted to have committed his future to the club