Manchester United latest: Including Chelsea reaction and derby build-up

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Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup via their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. The Blues’ Demba Ba scored the winner in the 49th minute without reply from the league leaders.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his team ‘lacked composure’.

"We were comfortable in the first half and I couldn't see them getting into the game or being any great threat to us. But the goal, as it always does, changed the game," the boss told ITV.

"After that I think we lacked the composure to win the game and create proper openings. We had a lot of possession but didn't make the best use of it and they caused us quite a few problems on the counter-attack.”

The holders’ goal scored by Ba, formerly on Newcastle gave the boss a feeling of déjà vu from previous encounters with the Senegalese frontman in the FA Cup.

"We spoke about Ba, we had the experience from Newcastle a couple of years back when he scored exactly the same type of goal. We had to be aware of that movement and we were caught napping, to be honest,” conceded the Scot.

Vice-captain Patrice Evra ‘lamented’ over the ‘unexpected’ defeat and subsequent cup exit.

“It's a massive disappointment for us,” said Evra.

“We didn't expect to lose and we really wanted to win the Double. A lot of players, including myself, haven't won the FA Cup and it was an important trophy for us.”

However, defender Chris Smalling chose to take the positive from the defeat and preferred to focus on United’s upcoming derby clash with Manchester City.

“It will take a couple of days to get over this because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win this game," he explained.

“At least we have a good game next Monday but we need to make sure that we rally together and win this title with aplomb.”

In team news, Ferguson is ‘hopeful’ striker Wayne Rooney will be back in time for the derby.

The Englishman missed Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge after suffering a groin injury on international duty with England last week is expected to be passed fit for the clash with City next Monday.

“There’s no point risking a player with a groin injury. Hopefully he'll be ready for next Monday's game,” the boss explained.

In transfer news, The Sun claims that Rooney is the subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The ‘mega-rich’ Ligue 1 side’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi revealed his admiration for the United striker but also insisted no approach had yet been made.

“He is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world. I think everybody would like to have him but, if you want to talk about the fact, we didn’t approach him,” Al-Khelaifi revealed.

Meanwhile, United, Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly ‘on alert’ as Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim conceded that star striker Burak Yilmaz may be sold this summer.

‘It’s not going to be easy to keep him,” admitted Tertim.

In other news, Mike Dean has been appointed as the referee to take charge of the Manchester derby with City next week, something which will likely be displeasing to both Ferguson and City boss Roberto Mancini who both have ‘previous’ with the official.

Finally, United have passed up the chance to host the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Old Trafford in light of concerns over the pitch condition.

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