The curtain comes down on the domestic season in England with one of the highlights of the season as Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
The match will see the two sides who contested the 1990 FA Cup Final meet again; on that day a six goal thriller finished 3-3 before Manchester United took the trophy winning the replay 1-0. The game also saw Palace field the last all-English team in an FA Cup Final.
Louis Van Gaal will be looking to secure his first piece of silverware with Manchester United in what could be his final game in charge of the club. The Dutchman has led United to a fifth place finish, but knows that he needs a trophy if he is to keep his job in the summer.
While Alan Pardew will be looking to hand Palace their first ever FA Cup trophy after a disapproving season where they started so well but suffered an alarming dip in form to finish the season in 15th place – just five points off the relegation zone.
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Key players return for Manchester United and Crystal Palace ahead of Wembley
Both sides have been boosted by the news that some key players will be available for Saturday’s clash.
Alan Pardew will have Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako both fit for selection and are sure to play a huge role at Wembley. Louis Van Gaal will have Marouane Fellaini back after his suspension, while Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcos Rojo also return.
The form of Marcus Rashford has be key to United’s strong finish to the season and if the teenager can score at Wembley, he will become the second youngest player to score in a FA Cup Final. It has truly been a truly unbelievable debut season for the teenage sensation.
Ahead of the game Van Gaal said: “Always your starting point is to impress and perform well. Our starting point is to win well and score beautiful goals.
“But if we win 1-0 that is also enough. Winning is the most important thing in a final, otherwise you have nothing.”
The game could be a tight and cagey affair with The Red Devils likely to dominate possession and with Palace unable to keep many clean sheets there could be plenty of goals.
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