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Chelsea v Manchester United: FA Cup final preview, predicted line ups, plus more

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Chelsea and Manchester United go head-to-head on Saturday evening in the 2018 FA Cup final.

The match, kick off at 5:15pm, is live on talkSPORT and sees old foes Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho crossing swords again as both clubs look to land some silverware.

It’s been a tough campaign with Manchester City sweeping thier opponents aside in the Premier League and League Cup.

But now Pep Guardiola’s men are out of the way, the FA Cup is up for grabs.

What are the managers saying?

Antonio Conte: “For us this game is very important because we have, in a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy.

“It’s always important for the players, for the coach, for the manager, for our fans, for the club, to finish the season with a trophy.

“We’re focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game tomorrow.”

Jose Mourinho: “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.”

Routes to the final

Chelsea:

Third round – Norwich City (A) 0–0

Third round replay – Norwich City (H) 1–1 (a.e.t.)(5–3 p)

Fourth round – Newcastle United (H) 3–0

Fifth round – Hull City (H) 4–0

Quarter-final – Leicester City (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.)

Semi-final – Southampton (N) 2–0

Manchester United:

Third round – Derby County (H) 2–0

Fourth round – Yeovil Town (A) 4–0

Fifth round – Huddersfield Town (A) 2–0

Quarter-final – Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 2–0

Semi-final – Tottenham Hotspur (N) 2–1

Predicted teams

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Moses, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Fabregas; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Out: Drinkwater, Luiz, Emerson and Ampadu.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.

Doubts: Lukaku and Fellaini.



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