Last chance for ‘Silverware’
With the Premier League season over, the FA Cup represents the last – and only – chance of silverware for both clubs. Though United finished second but were disappointing in Europe, while Chelsea will play in the Europa League next season after missing out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish. Mourinho would love to win a trophy at the national stadium against his former club, while Conte could be looking to sign off in style as the chances of the Italian leaving the west London club this summer has increased.
A Season to forget for English giants
Chelsea’s season has been vastly underwhelming following last year’s Premier League triumph so they will be desperate to end it on a high note in what appears to be Antonio Conte’s final game in charge of the club. On the other hand, the Red Devils have fared better but their benchmark has been high, second place in the Premier League and no silverware will be seen as failure so Mourinho will be aware on the importance of the trophy in Old Trafford trophy cabinet. The Blues’ form has waned towards the tail end of the Premier League which raised many eye brows over the mentality and commitment of their players.
o Despite both clubs being extremely successful in English football, this is only the 3rd time Manchester United and Chelsea have met in the FA Cup final
o If United were to beat Antonio Conte’s side they would equal Arsenal’s record for the most FA Cup final wins – 13. For Chelsea its their 12th appearance in the finals having won just 7 times, they last lifted the trophy in 2012 when they defeated the Reds 2-1.
o 2006-07 final: Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 after extra time. Didier Drogba scored the winner in the 116th minute. Jose Mourinho was the manager in the opposite dugout that day.
Players to watch out for
o David Da Gea who was recently bestowed with Premiere League Golden Glove has been Manchester United’s savior in the FA Cup, conceding just one goal in their entire campaign. He will look forward end the 2018 season with another clean chit, while Alexis Sanchez, who hasn’t delivered to Manchester United’s expectations would want to prove his credibility against Chelsea. While, Chelsea will be banking on their lifelines Willian and Kante to save Conte from a rather disappointing season.
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