The last match of a local season that has been somewhat disappointing for these two teams, the FA Cup offers a last chance at something substantial to show for in 2017-18. Chelsea and Manchester United faced each other in the finals of 1994 and 2007 on Saturday they will face each other again
The issue is this match does not mean life or death to the both clubs. The FA cup has become 3rd in the list of trophies foe the elite clubs of the premier league, Aura of the champions league and finances of premier league has taken over to this cup, so winners of this cup will be happy but losers wont lose sleep over it.
This is why competition has lost its value a bit but still a title worth fighting for like Arsenal has done in recent times and possibly kept Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for this long because of their 3 FA cups in last 5 seasons.
This is a bit uncertain as Chelsea have opted to play Willy in the goal in cup competitions, but whoever Chelsea chose to play Man United have David De Gea who at this moment is best goalkeeper in the world.
Both managers like to shape their deference first then attack but this seasons both managers have struggled to find the players in whom they have 100 percent trust, so they have chopped and changed their defense alot this season.
In this department United have better players in form and Mourinho know how to set up a team defensively.
Chelsea on the other hand struggled all season defensively and does not look like they have sorted their issues at the back.
The key element to this head-to-head might be which Paul Pogba shows up. We all know what the Frenchman is capable of: either brilliance that makes you purr or anonymity that makes you sigh. Mourinho has played him in the three-man midfield that should theoretically get the best from him in the latter part of the season, but still his form has been patchy. He could be a matchwinner, but also could do nothing.
Ideally Conte might want to matchup with a three-man midfield, but does he have the players for it? Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante are a fine midfield pair, but the options to augment them aren’t inspiring, and the performances of Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko against Newcastle last week won’t have done their causes much good. A close one, but Fabregas and Kante are more reliable than United’s midfield.
On the assumption that Romelu Lukaku is fit, having missed nearly a month since getting injured in the semifinal against Tottenham, United’s forward options are more attractive. While Mourinho doesn’t trust Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, he still has Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata to choose from.
Chelsea have the best attacker on either side in Eden Hazard, but the choice of centre-forward is a toss-up between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, probably leaning in favour of the Frenchman, while Pedro and Willian have not been consistent this season. The Brazilian has been impressive in the second half of the campaign, but United still have the edge here.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Chelsea – United will have too much for a Chelsea side who have looked delicate in the Latter stages of the season.