Man United Starting XI Prediction: FA Cup Final vs Chelsea


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It’s a clash between two giant clubs in dire need of ending the season with a trophy, as Manchester United tangles with Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea finished a disappointing fifth this season after claiming the Premier League title during the previous campaign.

United claimed runners-up status in the Premier League table, but still finished a whopping 19 points behind runaway title winners Manchester City. For the Red Devils, it’s a massive improvement over the previous term’s sixth place finish, but they still haven’t claimed a trophy this year, and that’s a big disappointment, given how they won the EFL Cup and Europa League titles (plus the Community Shield) in 2016-17.


Let’s take a look at who United manager Jose Mourinho may select in his first team for this one. (With input potentially from newly minted assistant coach Michael Carrick too)

The Sports Bank MUFC Starting XI Prediction 4-3-3

 Alexis Sanchez   Marcus Rashford    Jesse Lingard

    Paul Pogba         Nemanja Matic    Ander Herrera

    Ashley Young   Eric Bailly     Chris Smalling      Antonio Valencia

David de Gea


FA Cup Final Odds via BetFair: Man Utd 8/5, Chelsea 19/10

Kickoff: 5:15 Local

Chelsea Starting XI Prediction: coming soon

FA Cup Injury and Fitness Report for both teams: coming soon

Prediction: United 3, Chelsea 2

This will be a clash between two managers with tremendous self-confidence, and extremely high ambitions. The history of personal acrimony between the two bosses only serves to make this contest even more competitive. With Chelsea boss Antonio Conte likely on the way out, it appears that Mourinho will have the finer edge for this blockbuster match, and thus we’re pegging him to guide his side to victory.

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Also, the Portugese has a tremendous track record in contests such as these. He’s won 12 of 14 cup finals since claiming the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC and Chicago, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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