FA Cup Final preview: Chelsea, Man United both looking for season-saving silverware

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Two teams looking to end the season on a high note face off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with the FA Cup trophy on the line.

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Though Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho’s side has been miles off the pace compared to Manchester City, and fans still have a bitter taste from the club’s defeat to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea on the other hand has been even more disappointing, and though the Blues made it back to the FA Cup for the second consecutive year, a season without a trophy after winning the Premier League title would put the bow on a very disappointing campaign.

With the World Cup ahead, and Antonio Conte‘s possible departure, there’s so much to watch for in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

What they’re saying

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on if he feels he has to win a trophy this season:

“This game is very important because we can finish a difficult season with a trophy. It’s important for the players, the coach and the fans to finish the season with a trophy. We are focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game. We need to be focused. It’s a really important competition, the oldest trophy in the world. My players will be focused on the game for sure.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on whether winning or losing the final changes the perception of the season:

“Of course it makes a difference, but one thing is to make a difference and another thing is to consider the season good or bad because of one match. When I analyse the work I did, when I analyse the effort I put in, when I analyse everything we all did at the club, that obviously includes the most important people at the club, who are the players.

“I’m not going to analyse them because of one very important match. But I know what my players did, I know what I put in, I know the effort, I know the positive things, I know the negative things and I’m not going to change my analysis of the season because of the result of one match. Not at all.”

Prediction

This game can go anyway, with two unpredictable teams. I think Manchester United gets the edge though, as Paul Pogba seems to get up for the big games and at the moment, this is the biggest one left on his club schedule before he joins up with Les Bleus. Chelsea make a game of it for a bit, but Man United ultimately prevails, in extra time. Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea