Alessia Russo

Chelsea 1 United 0: Talking points from Wembley

Sunday 14 May 2023 16:49

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the final of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Kerr’s second-half strike proved the difference for Emma Hayes’s side, as Marc Skinner’s players went within touching distance of silverware. 

While the result was not in our favour, the support of the United fans was undeniable as we painted Wembley red. 

From a record-breaking attendance to clinical Kerr, here are the key talking points from the capital...

Chelsea 1 United Women 0


The Reds run the holders close but are narrowly beaten in the club's first-ever Women's FA Cup final.


With every single ticket issued prior to kick-off, a record crowd was promised at Wembley Stadium - and it certainly delivered. Fans from both sides descended on the capital to paint their sides their respective colours, with a sea of red forming at one end. The official count was 77,390 supporters – a record for this competition, and a world record for a domestic game, too. It was a real signifying testament to the growth of the women's game. 


Once again, Kerr proved a difference-maker against the Reds. In our last encounter against the Blues, which was an away trip in the WSL, she provided the sole goal of the game to clinch all three points. On the biggest stage, she stepped up for Hayes’s side once again to ensure the FA Cup stays in London. 


There is no denying that Skinner's side went toe-to-toe with Chelsea, as they are beginning to do every time we meet. United took the game to the Blues, but on this occasion, it just wasn’t meant to be. Our presence and competitiveness in the final is a clear indicator of how far we’ve come, having reached the climax of the competition for the very first time. Regardless of the result, our players created history and you get the sense that this is just the start. We'll be back, Reds. 
Katie Zelem in action.

This is undeniably a tough one to take for many Reds, as we went agonisingly close to domestic glory, but our season is not yet over. Currently topping the WSL table, United still have two league games to go, with a Manchester derby swiftly followed by a trip to Liverpool to see out the season. While the title remains in the hands of Chelsea, who have a game in hand on us, a Champions League spot - which would see us break new ground yet again - is firmly within our control.