IT hasn’t been the most glamorous season for Manchester United or Chelsea but when the English giants face off in the FA Cup final, there’s at least a chance to end on a high note.
The Red Devils have been criticised for their defensive nature under Jose Mourinho as they manoeuvred their way to second placein the Premier League, despite a disappointing round of 16 exit in the Champions League.
Nobody likes showing up their critics quite like the Special One and should United get the job done at Wembley his performance at Old Trafford will be significantly reframed after a tough campaign.
Meanwhile in the Blues dugout, rumours continue to swirl that Antonio Conte is on his last legs at Stamford Bridge – some even going as far to suggest he’ll be exiting regardless of the result in this clash.
The Italian has enjoyed a completely contrasting campaign to last season’s title-winning heroics and will be keen to prove a point to club owner Roman Abramovich.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the FA Cup Final…
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT?
The FA Cup final will be played on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium on Sunday May 20 from 2:15am (AEST).
HOW CAN YOU WATCH IT?
ESPN coverage starts from 1:30am (AEST)
Manchester United Predicted Starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford, Mata
It remains to be seen whether Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial will be fit enough to be involved.
Chelsea Predicted Starting XI: Courtois, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud, Willian
Former United midfielder Danny Drinkwater is ruled out with a calf strain, while David Luiz still can’t shake a knee injury.
Head to head:
179 Played – United 77 wins, Chelsea 53, Drawn 49
Past 5 meetings:
25 February 2018 (EPL): Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea
5 November 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
16 April 2017 (EPL): Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea
13 March 2017 (FA Cup): Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
23 October 2016 (EPL): Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd
Road to the final:
Third round, 5 January: Won 2-0 v Derby, Old Trafford
Fourth round, 26 January: Won 4-0 v Yeovil, Huish Park
Fifth round, 17 February: Won 2-0 v Huddersfield, Kirklees Stadium
Quarter-final, 17 March: Won 2-0 v Brighton, Old Trafford
Semi-final, 21 April: Won 2-1 v Tottenham, Wembley
Third round, 6 and 17 January: Won 5-3 on penalties after a replay with Norwich
Fourth round, 28 January: Won 3-0 v Newcastle, Stamford Bridge
Fifth round, 16 February: Won 4-0 v Hull, Stamford Bridge
Quarter-final, 18 March: Won 2-1 after extra-time v Leicester, King Power Stadium
Semi-final, 22 April: Won 2-0 v Southampton, Wembley
FA CUP TROPHY CABINETS
Winners (12): 1908–09, 1947–48, 1962–63, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2015–16
Winners (7): 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12