The FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2018

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The club's title defence ended in failure this term as Chelsea not only failed to compete with new champions Manchester City, but also finished outside of the top four.

McTominay, who only broke into the team a year ago, was not involved when United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the 2016 final.

After three years at boyhood club Barcelona, following a move from Arsenal where Fabregas spent nearly a decade, he proved a pivotal figure as Chelsea claimed the 2014-15 title, providing a league-leading 18 goal assists.

Mourinho steer United to second place behind a matchless Pep Guardiola's Manchester City tutored side in the Premier League, but Conte's Chelsea trailed in fifth.

This season Conte said Mourinho was suffering from senile dementia, and the Manchester United boss responding by pointing to Conte's match-fixing suspension at his former club Siena, which he was later acquitted of.

Manager Antonio Conte seems set to leave the club after a season highlighted by acrimony with his employers as Chelsea exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 stage and the League Cup in the semi-finals. "Last year everyone was saying Chelsea will win it and we played one of our worst games of last season".

FA Cup Final Chelsea vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions		Posted by Vyom Chaudhary
FA Cup Final Chelsea vs Manchester United – Betting Tips and Predictions Posted by Vyom Chaudhary

N'Golo Kante, meanwhile, is clear that Chelsea have had a disappointing season and winning the FA Cup will go some way in ensuring it ends on a good note.

Blues boss Conte will be without injured duo David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu for the final, the Daily Star reports.

"It's always a tough game whenever we play United".

But needless to say, there have been areas where Man United struggled to maintain their level in the Premier League - especially in the lesser games where they lost more games and points than they probably should have. "So I hope it will be a good match and, at the end of it, I hope the trophy will be waiting for Chelsea". Either domestic (FA Cup, Community Shield and League Cup) and global (UEFA Champions League) tournaments, we can see these two sides have met several times as well.

And he will know that doing the same against this Chelsea side - certainly risky but prone to stagnancy at times - will cause problems against a defence which has come under serious scrutiny this season.

The FA Cup is a competition Sanchez knows well. While he would like nothing more than to lead United to victory against his old club, several of his players could also rub salt into Chelsea's wounds too. To others, he is the flawless example of a player who has got to where they are through hard work and dedication.

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