Friday, May 18, 2007

FA Cup Final - M.United vs Chelsea

"It's not just about winning the cup. Will history be made or lost pride be regained"? These are some of the statements made recently on most of the sport dailies. The FA Cup final is finally here, will it be Manchester United or Chelsea who will reign supreme at the newly rebuilt 800-million pound Wembley stadium, tomorrow the 19 of May 2007.

And the expected crowd of 90,000 will watch Manchester United take on Chelsea in the biggest grudge match of the season. Spurred on by the attacking flair of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, they're set to deny the Blues, once again.

For Manchester United, victory would mean that they would have secured the fourth league and cup doubles . Chelsea on the other hand are trying to complete the full set of English trophies, where only the FA Cup eluding them whilst in Mourinho's three season care in Stamford Bridge.

As Louis Saha and Gary Neville are out with injuries, the stage is all set for Ryan Giggs to lead Manchester United with the captains arm-band. Giggs has set his target on extending his record breaking achievements this season by trying to become the first player in modern times to pick up 5 FA Cup winner's medals. But this is only possible if they find the nets first and keep it that way right till the end. This win is so crucial for the ageless Ryan Giggs in order for him to be ahead of his former United team-mates, Mark Hughes and Roy Keane. This victory would eventually place him as the first player since the 1800's to win the Cup for a record 5th time.

Chelsea, who have more serious fitness worries, also have several points to prove, and none bigger than their belief that injuries were to blame for the loss of their title. Adding salt to the wound, Mourinho must do without Andriy Shevchenko, Michael Ballack and most importantly, centre back Ricardo Carvalho who has been outstanding all through this season. For the fans, the Blues have to make this one count after losing the Premier League title to United. It was in the year 2000 where Chelsea last won the FA Cup at the old Wembley stadium. Chelsea however can draw comfort from it's recent record meetings against United, where they have beaten them on five occasions compared to United's one win against the Blues.

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