Chelsea are your 2018 FA Cup winners after having beaten Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday afternoon in a tense final.
Both sides came into this clash needing a trophy to ink a silver lining around their season. But the Blues obviously needed it more, given their fifth-place finish in the Premier League.
United secured Champions League football for next season by finishing second in the standings and did not need the FA Cup as badly. Yet with a piece of silverware up for grabs, having fought their way to the final, the Old Trafford side were just as keen.
Antonio Conte, who was under more pressure to win what could be his last match in charge of the Blues, started Alvaro Morata on the bench and gave Olivier Giroud the nod. Tiemoue Bakayoko also got a start in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante.
Trevoh Chalobah was a surprise inclusion on the bench, while Thibaut Courtois got the start between the sticks over Willy Caballero for the first time in the competition this season. Impressive young defender Andreas Christensen, though, was made to miss this one after picking up a back injury.
Romelu Lukaku made the bench for the Red Devils after suffering an ankle injury that kept him out of their last three games. Eric Bailly joined him on there as well, rather surprisingly, with Jose Mourinho opting for the combination of Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia at the back.
Lukaku and Martial on the bench. Both better than the current starters.
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The two sides employed the feel-out game in the opening minutes with hardly any urgency, but things picked up a bit after the first quarter of an hour.
Eden Hazard, as expected, was man-marked by Ander Herrera, but the Belgian – playing his 300th game for the Blues – got the game’s first shot on target, forcing David de Gea to stick out a foot to save his shot from a tight angle around the 10th minute after beating his marker in the box down the left-hand side.
Substitutes: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Valencia (c), Ander Herrera, Matic, Alexis, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford.
Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Mata, McTominay, Lukaku, Martial.