Manchester United V Chelsea
The 2018 FA Cup Final will be the final match of the 2017–18 FA Cup and the 137th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition. It will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
It will be played on 19 May 2018 between Manchester United and Chelsea. This final will be the second successive final for Chelsea following their defeat by Arsenal last year. It is also a repeat of the first final at the post-renovation Wembley, which Chelsea won in 2007. If Chelsea win, they will qualify for the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, as Manchester United have already qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League via their league position. The winner will also earn the right to play 2017–18 Premier League champions Manchester City for the 2018 FA Community Shield.
The teams have met twice before in the FA Cup Final, winning one each between them. The first was in 1994, which Manchester United won 4–0, and the most recent was in 2007, which Chelsea — then managed by current Manchester United boss José Mourinho — won 1–0 after extra time.
On 24 April 2018, it was announced that Michael Oliver will officiate the match. It is notable for being the first Final to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system
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Route to the final
Manchester United as a Premier League team entered the competition in the Third Round, where they were drawn at home against EFL Championship side Derby County. At Old Trafford, United won 2–0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku. In the next round, United were drawn against Football League Two side Yeovil Town away. At Huish Park they won 4–0 with goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Lukaku. In the fifth round, Manchester United were drawn with fellow Premier League side Huddersfield Town away at John Smith's Stadium. They progressed after a brace from Lukaku in a 2–0 win. In the quarter-finals, they played Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. Manchester United progressed to the semi-finals after a 2–0 win with goals from Lukaku and Nemanja Matić. In the semi-final at Wembley Stadium against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United reached their 20th final after coming from behind to win 2–1 with goals from Alexis Sánchez and Herrera. Manchester United is looking to match Arsenal's record of 13 FA Cup wins.
Chelsea as a Premier League team entered in the third round of the FA Cup against Norwich City on 7 January at Carrow Road, which ended with a 0–0 draw. The replay was held on 18 January, and it ended with a 1–1 draw with goals from Michy Batshuayi in the 55th minute and Jamal Lewis in the 90th minute. The game was brought into extra time and penalties. It ended with Chelsea winning the shootout by 5 goals to 3. In the Fourth Round, they met Premier League opposition Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Two goals by Batshuayi and a goal from Marcos Alonso won the match 3–0. In the Fifth Round, Chelsea faced another EFL Championship team, Hull City. 2 goals from Willian, and a goal each for Pedro and Olivier Giroud saw them win 4–0 on the night. In the quarter-finals, they visited King Power Stadium to face Leicester City. A goal for Chelsea from Álvaro Morata and a Leicester equalizer from Jamie Vardy brought the game to extra time. In the first half of extra time, substitute Pedro came off the bench and scored the winning goal to take Chelsea to the semi-finals at Wembley to face Southampton. In the semi-final of the FA Cup, goals from both strikers Giroud and Morata were enough to see off Southampton 2–0 to bring Chelsea back to the FA Cup Final for the second successive season. Chelsea is seeking their eighth FA Cup triumph, which will see them join Tottenham Hotspur on the all time roll of honour.