Chelsea v Manchester United, 19 May 2018

Score1-0 to Chelsea
RefereeMichael Oliver
CompetitionFA Cup Final
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance87,647
Kick-off: 5.15pm This was the 137th FA Cup final and the first to use the video assistant referee (Neil Swarbrick was the VAR). In a break with tradition, the trophy was presented by Jackie Wilkins, the widow of Ray Wilkins. The former Chelsea and Manchester United died on 4 April 2018, aged 61. FA president Prince William had presented the trophy in recent years but this date clashed with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This was the third time meeting in the FA Cup final (Manchester United won 4-0 in 1994, while Chelsea won 1-0 in 2007). It became the joint-most played final in the history of the competition (also Arsenal versus Liverpool, Arsenal versus Newcastle United and Aston Villa versus West Bromwich Albion). At the age of 33, Michael Oliver became the youngest FA Cup final referee since 32 year-old Herbert Bamlett took charge of the 1914 final between Burnley and Liverpool. He went on to become the manager of Manchester United between 1927 and 1931. Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud became the first players to appear in consecutive FA Cup finals but for different clubs since Brian Talbot (Ipswich Town in 1978 and Arsenal in 1979).

1 Chelsea

Manager: Antonio Conte

0 Manchester United

Manager: José Mourinho

Goals:

Eden Hazard penalty 22 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Gary Cahill (captain)
Defender Marcos Alonso
Defender Antonio Rüdiger
Defender/Midfielder César Azpilicueta
Midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Midfielder Eden Hazard
Midfielder N'Golo Kanté
Midfielder/Forward Victor Moses
Forward Olivier Giroud

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper David De Gea
Defender Chris Smalling
Defender/Midfielder Phil Jones
Defender/Midfielder Antonio Valencia (captain)
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Ashley Young
Midfielder Ander Herrera
Midfielder Nemanja Matić
Midfielder Paul Pogba
Midfielder/Forward Jesse Lingard
Midfielder/Forward Marcus Rashford
Midfielder/Forward Alexis Sánchez

Substitutions:

Álvaro Morata for Olivier Giroud 89
Willian for Eden Hazard 90

Substitutions:

Romelu Lukaku for Marcus Rashford 73
Anthony Martial for Jesse Lingard 73
Juan Mata for Phil Jones 87

Cards:

Thibaut Courtois 90 Y

Cards:

Phil Jones 21 Y
Antonio Valencia 58 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Defender Trevoh Chalobah
Midfielder Ross Barkley
Midfielder Pedro
Midfielder Willian
Forward Álvaro Morata

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Eric Bailly
Defender Matteo Darmian
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Scott McTominay
Midfielder Juan Mata
Forward Romelu Lukaku
Forward Anthony Martial

Comments:

This was Chelsea's 13th appearance in a FA Cup final and their eighth win. Excluding shoot-outs, Eden Hazard's penalty was the first scored in a FA Cup final since Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United against Millwall in 2004. It became the first time since the 1982 replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers that the only goal of an FA Cup final had come from the penalty spot (scored by Spurs' Glenn Hoddle after six minutes). Antonio Conte avoided becoming the first manager to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Howard Kendall (1985 and 1986). The Blues became the first team to win the FA Cup after being the runners-up in the previous season since Arsenal in 2002. Olivier Giroud had now won the FA Cup in four of the last five seasons.

Comments:

Manchester United equalled Arsenal's record of 20 appearances in a FA Cup final. The Red Devils had not now conceded more than one goal in any of their last 17 games in the FA Cup (eight clean sheets). José Mourinho failed in his attempt to become the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs (Herbert Chapman with Huddersfield Town and Arsenal and Billy Walker with Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest). Excluding FA Community Shields, this was his first defeat in a domestic cup final in England (won five). United had now won only one of their last four FA Cup final appearances.