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Talisca wird Besiktas verlassen und wohl in die Premier League wechseln. Das deutete sein Trainer Senol Günes nach dem Sieg gegen Sivasspor an.
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Talisca wird Besiktas verlassen und wohl in die Premier League wechseln. Das deutete sein Trainer Senol Günes nach dem Sieg gegen Sivasspor an.
Jurgen Klopp was suffering in the Nevada desert, in prolonged therapy from his last Champions League final defeat, when he experienced an epiphany. It was May 2014 and Klopp was on a post-season holiday in Las Vegas when he noticed fans huddling around a TV to watch Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s attempt to recover after losing at Wembley a year earlier with Borussia Dortmund was entering a more vexing stage. The German coach realised at that moment there is greater torment than falling at the last hurdle. Not being there to leap it. “When Real Madrid played Atletico in the final I was by the pool and a lot of people were watching it,” Klopp recalls. “I was kind of annoyed hearing the noise. I had no clue who had scored or nothing about the game. I really tried to ignore it because it hurt. It was still painful what had happened the year before. I was thinking, ‘One year ago it was different, we were in the final’. “I didn’t think over the year a lot. I didn’t watch the game back, for example. But in that moment you realise, ‘What’s that? Oh, the Champions League final. Right’. “All the people shouting were Spanish, the year before they were all German. It is only when it comes up and that was the last time when I really suffered. That is absolutely OK. “If something is really important for you, you have to be ready for suffering. That is how life is.” Klopp lost the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund Credit: Getty images Klopp has developed an unhealthy habit for losing major finals, defeated in his last five, but he heads to Kiev to face Real Madrid thrilled with the possibilities of getting so far, rather than fretting about the outcome. “If you want guarantees then don’t qualify for a final, stay at home and or go on holiday,” he says. “It is not nice when you lose a final, but I will always try again. “One of the rules is that the more you try, the more likely that you will do it. I know how it feels and I felt it a few times when you’ve won it, it is really cool and that is what we are going for. “I know how I lost the finals. It didn’t change my life. It’s not that I wake up every morning and think, ‘Wow, that was a big chance’. I always had teams that could qualify and we went to the Europa League final two years ago and it was about the team. We were unlucky in the final. We didn’t score in the first half often enough. We didn’t get a penalty, second half. It was legs. This time the legs will be fine. “I know it will be very special and I would really love to come back and bring the people the trophy. That would be really nice.” Jurgen Klopp's last five finals Klopp won his first final – the 2012 German Cup – and added two Bundesliga titles before a barren run began. The modern Liverpool reputation as “nearly men” is of more concern. The club have won one trophy since the 2006 FA Cup, despite making 12 semi-finals – including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup finals – over that period. Beyond the cup competitions, finishing runners-up in the 2014 Premier League title race was the most upsetting near miss of all. Of the side preparing to face the European champions, only captain Jordan Henderson remains from the Liverpool team who defeated Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup, the club’s last silverware coming during Kenny Dalglish’s second reign. “We are all human beings. It is not nice. But being there is a big thing,” says Klopp. “It is unbelievable. Most people in the world try their whole life and don’t go to one final because you need luck in specific moments. We had that this season, we deserved it I think. And now we are there again. “I knew our football could really fit the competition, but again, we needed luck against Manchester City. We were really good and deserved, it but we needed luck as well. The same against Roma. We can lose there 5-2 or at City we can be 2-0 down or 3-0 down at half-time. But to go to the final stage. That is special.” Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers A win against the most formidable Champions League opponent of all, Real Madrid, pursuing a 13th win and third in a row, would be the ultimate recompense for recent let-downs. Klopp says Zinedine Zidane’s side have the experience and know-how, but the prestige of both clubs ensures there will be no inferiority complex. “They can make it a third time in a row, but we are Liverpool, that’s something not to forget. We feel that,” says Klopp. “We like the role we are in. Everything is positive. We’ve learnt a bit, and we are in a good moment. “There have been three dominant clubs in the last few years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern. A few others showed up but there are those three, and we face one of them in the final, so who should be the favourite? It’s not that I want to be the underdog and I don’t feel like an underdog. But yes they are favourites, they know everything, they could write the f---ing scripts for the finals because they have experienced it four times in the last five years. “We can’t, but there’s no problem with that. We want to play football and win a football game and thank God it is always possible. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “I saw a car coming in this morning with two flags, “Liverpool Champions League final Kiev”. So it starts already. We are looking forward to it, we are happy about it, having a smile on your face, that’s nice. You can pretty much only get it from football. That’s really cool.” Despite recent setbacks in showpiece occasions, Liverpool are not without winners. James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum won cups and titles at their former clubs. Mohamed Salah won the Swiss Super League with Basel. But the CVs are incomparable to the players they meet. “This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation,” says Klopp. “A lot of their players won the last two finals and that’s really rare. Real have almost exactly the same line-up from winning it before. “In the end it will be a test: what’s bigger the desire to win a third one in a row or the desire to win the first one for some years? “They will want to do it again. It would be big 100 per cent. If we did it, it would be big, too. We will try.”
Jurgen Klopp unconcerned by his and Liverpool's records in finals: 'The more you try, the more likely you will do it'
Jurgen Klopp was suffering in the Nevada desert, in prolonged therapy from his last Champions League final defeat, when he experienced an epiphany. It was May 2014 and Klopp was on a post-season holiday in Las Vegas when he noticed fans huddling around a TV to watch Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s attempt to recover after losing at Wembley a year earlier with Borussia Dortmund was entering a more vexing stage. The German coach realised at that moment there is greater torment than falling at the last hurdle. Not being there to leap it. “When Real Madrid played Atletico in the final I was by the pool and a lot of people were watching it,” Klopp recalls. “I was kind of annoyed hearing the noise. I had no clue who had scored or nothing about the game. I really tried to ignore it because it hurt. It was still painful what had happened the year before. I was thinking, ‘One year ago it was different, we were in the final’. “I didn’t think over the year a lot. I didn’t watch the game back, for example. But in that moment you realise, ‘What’s that? Oh, the Champions League final. Right’. “All the people shouting were Spanish, the year before they were all German. It is only when it comes up and that was the last time when I really suffered. That is absolutely OK. “If something is really important for you, you have to be ready for suffering. That is how life is.” Klopp lost the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund Credit: Getty images Klopp has developed an unhealthy habit for losing major finals, defeated in his last five, but he heads to Kiev to face Real Madrid thrilled with the possibilities of getting so far, rather than fretting about the outcome. “If you want guarantees then don’t qualify for a final, stay at home and or go on holiday,” he says. “It is not nice when you lose a final, but I will always try again. “One of the rules is that the more you try, the more likely that you will do it. I know how it feels and I felt it a few times when you’ve won it, it is really cool and that is what we are going for. “I know how I lost the finals. It didn’t change my life. It’s not that I wake up every morning and think, ‘Wow, that was a big chance’. I always had teams that could qualify and we went to the Europa League final two years ago and it was about the team. We were unlucky in the final. We didn’t score in the first half often enough. We didn’t get a penalty, second half. It was legs. This time the legs will be fine. “I know it will be very special and I would really love to come back and bring the people the trophy. That would be really nice.” Jurgen Klopp's last five finals Klopp won his first final – the 2012 German Cup – and added two Bundesliga titles before a barren run began. The modern Liverpool reputation as “nearly men” is of more concern. The club have won one trophy since the 2006 FA Cup, despite making 12 semi-finals – including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup finals – over that period. Beyond the cup competitions, finishing runners-up in the 2014 Premier League title race was the most upsetting near miss of all. Of the side preparing to face the European champions, only captain Jordan Henderson remains from the Liverpool team who defeated Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup, the club’s last silverware coming during Kenny Dalglish’s second reign. “We are all human beings. It is not nice. But being there is a big thing,” says Klopp. “It is unbelievable. Most people in the world try their whole life and don’t go to one final because you need luck in specific moments. We had that this season, we deserved it I think. And now we are there again. “I knew our football could really fit the competition, but again, we needed luck against Manchester City. We were really good and deserved, it but we needed luck as well. The same against Roma. We can lose there 5-2 or at City we can be 2-0 down or 3-0 down at half-time. But to go to the final stage. That is special.” Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers A win against the most formidable Champions League opponent of all, Real Madrid, pursuing a 13th win and third in a row, would be the ultimate recompense for recent let-downs. Klopp says Zinedine Zidane’s side have the experience and know-how, but the prestige of both clubs ensures there will be no inferiority complex. “They can make it a third time in a row, but we are Liverpool, that’s something not to forget. We feel that,” says Klopp. “We like the role we are in. Everything is positive. We’ve learnt a bit, and we are in a good moment. “There have been three dominant clubs in the last few years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern. A few others showed up but there are those three, and we face one of them in the final, so who should be the favourite? It’s not that I want to be the underdog and I don’t feel like an underdog. But yes they are favourites, they know everything, they could write the f---ing scripts for the finals because they have experienced it four times in the last five years. “We can’t, but there’s no problem with that. We want to play football and win a football game and thank God it is always possible. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “I saw a car coming in this morning with two flags, “Liverpool Champions League final Kiev”. So it starts already. We are looking forward to it, we are happy about it, having a smile on your face, that’s nice. You can pretty much only get it from football. That’s really cool.” Despite recent setbacks in showpiece occasions, Liverpool are not without winners. James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum won cups and titles at their former clubs. Mohamed Salah won the Swiss Super League with Basel. But the CVs are incomparable to the players they meet. “This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation,” says Klopp. “A lot of their players won the last two finals and that’s really rare. Real have almost exactly the same line-up from winning it before. “In the end it will be a test: what’s bigger the desire to win a third one in a row or the desire to win the first one for some years? “They will want to do it again. It would be big 100 per cent. If we did it, it would be big, too. We will try.”
As Chelsea and Manchester United’s England World Cup squad contingent head to the beaches for the week, and Liverpool’s duo prepare for their Champions League date in Kiev, the physical and mental slog of football’s hamster wheel starts again for 17 English footballers on Monday. Ahead of them lies a possible eight-week stretch of daily focus on the preparation and participation in the world’s greatest tournament. Whether they can switch back on their physical and mental skills, individually and collectively, is the biggest unknown for Gareth Southgate and his medical and performance team. While England will be handicapped by not having their full squad together until June 4, Dave Reddin, head of team strategy and performance, and his team will have been preparing hard to ensure that the handover of players from clubs is smooth and ensure that wherever possible individual club-based fitness and load management programmes are adhered to. Quite a few of the players have not been regular starters for their teams, whilst the Leicester and Tottenham players have been involved week in week out for their team, compared to the Manchester City players who have in effect been celebrating more than training every week since they won the Premier League in April. The transitioning process will require compromises from the technical coaching team to give time and resources to bring the players up to a common fitness level. Conquering fatigue is the goal, in order to get the most of the forthcoming training block and avoid a slump in six weeks’ time when England may be entering the latter stages of the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 Fatigue is different to fitness or weakness. It is a symptom and is subjective. There are certain markers but it comes on gradually and can stem from mental or physical causes. It can lead to lethargic movement and lapses in concentration. England’s team management will need to rely on players self-reporting an individual wellness score daily. This reporting, often done in clubs via an app, seeks to understand the player’s energy levels for the day ahead while tracking perceived sleep quality and energy patterns over time. Nutrition, sleep and sensory deprivation are all small strategies to boost player energy levels and mental alertness. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know We can only speculate about how much cumulative fatigue the players are carrying, but it will be up to the management team to keep them stimulated during the forthcoming three weeks at St George’s Park and London, and then during the tournament. While climate is unlikely to play a major factor, the medical and performance team will be praying for a sunny, warm end to May. Wind and rain would only add to mental fatigue levels buffeted by 10 intense months of domestic football. While there is a return to basics approach with no Miami holding camp or confiscation of passports, Spain, France and Germany still have one striking difference in their tournament year calendars; the winter break. England Formation Builder Data soon to be released by the Football Research Group adds weight to the argument that a winter break allows for recovery from physiological and mental stress. Reviewing injury and load data from 56 teams in 15 European countries over seven consecutive seasons, the data points to a higher risk of problems in the second half of the season for teams without a break. Southgate will know mental alertness and physical sharpness will go a long way to determining which team is victorious. He will be hoping attention to small details, improved club relationships and a younger, enthusiastic squad counteract the inevitable fatigue of his players. Michael Davison is managing director, Isokinetic Medical Group, London
England fatigue is inevitable, but attention to detail can help Gareth Southgate counteract it
As Chelsea and Manchester United’s England World Cup squad contingent head to the beaches for the week, and Liverpool’s duo prepare for their Champions League date in Kiev, the physical and mental slog of football’s hamster wheel starts again for 17 English footballers on Monday. Ahead of them lies a possible eight-week stretch of daily focus on the preparation and participation in the world’s greatest tournament. Whether they can switch back on their physical and mental skills, individually and collectively, is the biggest unknown for Gareth Southgate and his medical and performance team. While England will be handicapped by not having their full squad together until June 4, Dave Reddin, head of team strategy and performance, and his team will have been preparing hard to ensure that the handover of players from clubs is smooth and ensure that wherever possible individual club-based fitness and load management programmes are adhered to. Quite a few of the players have not been regular starters for their teams, whilst the Leicester and Tottenham players have been involved week in week out for their team, compared to the Manchester City players who have in effect been celebrating more than training every week since they won the Premier League in April. The transitioning process will require compromises from the technical coaching team to give time and resources to bring the players up to a common fitness level. Conquering fatigue is the goal, in order to get the most of the forthcoming training block and avoid a slump in six weeks’ time when England may be entering the latter stages of the tournament. England squad | World Cup 2018 Fatigue is different to fitness or weakness. It is a symptom and is subjective. There are certain markers but it comes on gradually and can stem from mental or physical causes. It can lead to lethargic movement and lapses in concentration. England’s team management will need to rely on players self-reporting an individual wellness score daily. This reporting, often done in clubs via an app, seeks to understand the player’s energy levels for the day ahead while tracking perceived sleep quality and energy patterns over time. Nutrition, sleep and sensory deprivation are all small strategies to boost player energy levels and mental alertness. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know We can only speculate about how much cumulative fatigue the players are carrying, but it will be up to the management team to keep them stimulated during the forthcoming three weeks at St George’s Park and London, and then during the tournament. While climate is unlikely to play a major factor, the medical and performance team will be praying for a sunny, warm end to May. Wind and rain would only add to mental fatigue levels buffeted by 10 intense months of domestic football. While there is a return to basics approach with no Miami holding camp or confiscation of passports, Spain, France and Germany still have one striking difference in their tournament year calendars; the winter break. England Formation Builder Data soon to be released by the Football Research Group adds weight to the argument that a winter break allows for recovery from physiological and mental stress. Reviewing injury and load data from 56 teams in 15 European countries over seven consecutive seasons, the data points to a higher risk of problems in the second half of the season for teams without a break. Southgate will know mental alertness and physical sharpness will go a long way to determining which team is victorious. He will be hoping attention to small details, improved club relationships and a younger, enthusiastic squad counteract the inevitable fatigue of his players. Michael Davison is managing director, Isokinetic Medical Group, London
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Aston Villa invite Duke of Cambridge to Wembley for £170m Championship play-off final against Fulham
Aston Villa have invited the Duke of Cambridge to Wembley as they bid for royal backing in their £170 million shootout with Fulham. Prince William, an Aston Villa supporter, has been asked to attend Saturday’s Championship play-off final and is expected to respond in the next 48 hours. The invite was made by Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, and the club are hopeful the future king will be at the national stadium alongside owner Dr Tony Xia. William was the guest of honour at Villa’s league game against Cardiff in April, sitting with former striker John Carew, and watched Jack Grealish score a spectacular winner. He could now attend his second game of the season, at Wembley, as Villa attempt to reach the Premier League after a two-year exile. Three years ago, before Villa’s FA Cup final against Arsenal – which they lost 4-0 under Tim Sherwood – William revealed the reasons behind his allegiance. Prince Williams is a proud Aston Villa supporter Credit: pa “A long time ago at school I got into football big-time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams,” he said. “I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.” Grealish is expected to play a big role having been hugely influential this season, fuelling hopes of a future England call-up. But he admits he feared for his career after a freak injury last year. The 22-year-old suffered a severely damaged kidney after an accidental collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley during a pre-season game in July. Jack Grealish has been influential this season Credit: getty images “The doctor said he’d never seen an injury like it before – the only comparison he could make was racing and being kicked by a horse. The pain was unreal, I couldn’t sleep, walk, or anything,” he said. “I didn’t realise how bad it was and at one point I even feared I wouldn’t play again. “I was expecting to be back for the next week but the doctor said no chance - it was three to four months. The timing was awful. I know Clevs [Cleverley] from Villa and he couldn’t believe it. “It was such an innocuous incident and he was messaging me for days, feeling really bad. It was a total accident but something I’ll never forget. “To miss so much of the season was a nightmare, especially when the gaffer had been building me up so much over the summer. It just made me more determined to make an impact when I came back and, fortunately, I think I've done that.”
Anyone hearing Gareth Southgate speak with such purpose for almost two hours on Thursday at Wembley could be reassured – the reactions from Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere to their England omission would never dent his optimism. Southgate’s focus had moved from assessing players whose recent performances have not matched their past promise to what might be possible among a young group from which he thinks world-class performers can emerge. He was asked whether a player like Dele Alli might announce themselves to the wider world. Rather than flinch at creating excessive expectation, he reeled off another six players with that sort of potential. He did not regard that list as exhaustive and pointed out Alli’s statistics were in advance of Steven Gerrard at the same age. “There are so many possible players in this group that it could be that moment,” he said. “You perform in a World Cup and that announces you to the world. That’s the beauty of playing in an England shirt. You have the chance to make history in games that really matter and that people will remember forever. “From [John] Stones and [Harry] Maguire, to Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] to Dele [Alli] to Raheem [Sterling]. Harry [Kane], [Marcus] Rash[ford]. There are any number that could announce themselves. I was involved in 1998 and [David] Beckham and [Michael] Owen didn’t start the first game. They were both left out. By the end of it, they were the two headline-grabbers.” What has been so refreshing about Southgate is how reputations have had such little influence on his decisions. It is less than two years since Sam Allardyce was talking about Wayne Rooney playing wherever he wanted in an England shirt. Before that we had the backroom involvements of Beckham and Gary Neville under Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson. England Formation Builder Southgate looked baffled when it was put to him on that he might take another England “legend” – a Lampard, Gerrard or Ferdinand – to work with him and Steve Holland, his assistant. “Steve Holland is a legend,” he said, of the ex-Chelsea assistant manager. “He has won the Champions League. He has won the Europa League. He has won the Premier League. He has won the FA Cup. I think he has won the League Cup as well. He is the most experienced English coach in the country. He has been in the biggest matches possible and we have complete trust in each other. That is a critical relationship. Terry Venables had that with Don Howe, who also operated at the highest level and would challenge Terry.” Their collective diligence is clear. Guest speakers to the group have included John Barnes, Eddie Jones and Alan Shearer. The squad have also met leading figures from American football and have trained with the Marines. Similar bonding exercises and invitations to people from inside and outside of sport will be made over the next month. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction “It brings energy – we have to stimulate people,” explained Southgate. While conscious the players do not want to hear him droning on about personal experiences, he knows it can help some decisions. He decided against naming a big provisional squad. “My experience was, this way is cleaner,” he said, presumably remembering when Glenn Hoddle had to tell Paul Gascoigne he would not make the 1998 World Cup. In explaining every squad selection and the omissions of big names, he stated with confidence they had not been among the best performers in their positions. When you looked back at their seasons, it was difficult to disagree. One big boost has been the involvement of a healthy number of English players with the top four clubs. Manchester City and Liverpool’s achievements will surely make their domestic players discard any inferiority complex. Sterling, for example, has been integral to City’s Premier League dominance and Southgate says that he had never seen him score more often than during recent training with England. World Cup predictor The Champions League final could also impact on England’s hopes. Southgate has still not decided who his captain will be and can sense genuine leadership in Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool performance. Of the boost a Liverpool victory would bring to England, Southgate said: “I think it is big. You want them to experience winning things because then they know what it has taken, the commitment that is needed and the mindset that is needed and that hurdles can be overcome. When I took the Under-21s, I believed young English players could play in a certain style. What was stopping them from being as good as players around the world? Manchester City have a core of four English players most weeks. Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham the same.” It is now less than a month until England begin their campaign in Volgograd against Tunisia. So does Southgate know his starting team? Yes,” he said. “There is opportunity for people to play their way into that... but we know who we would select tomorrow.”
Gareth Southgate: 'England have so many young players ready to announce themselves to the world'
Anyone hearing Gareth Southgate speak with such purpose for almost two hours on Thursday at Wembley could be reassured – the reactions from Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere to their England omission would never dent his optimism. Southgate’s focus had moved from assessing players whose recent performances have not matched their past promise to what might be possible among a young group from which he thinks world-class performers can emerge. He was asked whether a player like Dele Alli might announce themselves to the wider world. Rather than flinch at creating excessive expectation, he reeled off another six players with that sort of potential. He did not regard that list as exhaustive and pointed out Alli’s statistics were in advance of Steven Gerrard at the same age. “There are so many possible players in this group that it could be that moment,” he said. “You perform in a World Cup and that announces you to the world. That’s the beauty of playing in an England shirt. You have the chance to make history in games that really matter and that people will remember forever. “From [John] Stones and [Harry] Maguire, to Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] to Dele [Alli] to Raheem [Sterling]. Harry [Kane], [Marcus] Rash[ford]. There are any number that could announce themselves. I was involved in 1998 and [David] Beckham and [Michael] Owen didn’t start the first game. They were both left out. By the end of it, they were the two headline-grabbers.” What has been so refreshing about Southgate is how reputations have had such little influence on his decisions. It is less than two years since Sam Allardyce was talking about Wayne Rooney playing wherever he wanted in an England shirt. Before that we had the backroom involvements of Beckham and Gary Neville under Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson. England Formation Builder Southgate looked baffled when it was put to him on that he might take another England “legend” – a Lampard, Gerrard or Ferdinand – to work with him and Steve Holland, his assistant. “Steve Holland is a legend,” he said, of the ex-Chelsea assistant manager. “He has won the Champions League. He has won the Europa League. He has won the Premier League. He has won the FA Cup. I think he has won the League Cup as well. He is the most experienced English coach in the country. He has been in the biggest matches possible and we have complete trust in each other. That is a critical relationship. Terry Venables had that with Don Howe, who also operated at the highest level and would challenge Terry.” Their collective diligence is clear. Guest speakers to the group have included John Barnes, Eddie Jones and Alan Shearer. The squad have also met leading figures from American football and have trained with the Marines. Similar bonding exercises and invitations to people from inside and outside of sport will be made over the next month. England squad: A bold selection with a clear sense of direction “It brings energy – we have to stimulate people,” explained Southgate. While conscious the players do not want to hear him droning on about personal experiences, he knows it can help some decisions. He decided against naming a big provisional squad. “My experience was, this way is cleaner,” he said, presumably remembering when Glenn Hoddle had to tell Paul Gascoigne he would not make the 1998 World Cup. In explaining every squad selection and the omissions of big names, he stated with confidence they had not been among the best performers in their positions. When you looked back at their seasons, it was difficult to disagree. One big boost has been the involvement of a healthy number of English players with the top four clubs. Manchester City and Liverpool’s achievements will surely make their domestic players discard any inferiority complex. Sterling, for example, has been integral to City’s Premier League dominance and Southgate says that he had never seen him score more often than during recent training with England. World Cup predictor The Champions League final could also impact on England’s hopes. Southgate has still not decided who his captain will be and can sense genuine leadership in Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool performance. Of the boost a Liverpool victory would bring to England, Southgate said: “I think it is big. You want them to experience winning things because then they know what it has taken, the commitment that is needed and the mindset that is needed and that hurdles can be overcome. When I took the Under-21s, I believed young English players could play in a certain style. What was stopping them from being as good as players around the world? Manchester City have a core of four English players most weeks. Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham the same.” It is now less than a month until England begin their campaign in Volgograd against Tunisia. So does Southgate know his starting team? Yes,” he said. “There is opportunity for people to play their way into that... but we know who we would select tomorrow.”
Jurgen Klopp was suffering in the Nevada desert, in prolonged therapy from his last Champions League final defeat, when he experienced an epiphany. It was May 2014 and Klopp was on a post-season holiday in Las Vegas when he noticed fans huddling around a TV to watch Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s attempt to recover after losing at Wembley a year earlier with Borussia Dortmund was entering a more vexing stage. The German coach realised at that moment there is greater torment than falling at the last hurdle. Not being there to leap it. “When Real Madrid played Atletico in the final I was by the pool and a lot of people were watching it,” Klopp recalls. “I was kind of annoyed hearing the noise. I had no clue who had scored or nothing about the game. I really tried to ignore it because it hurt. It was still painful what had happened the year before. I was thinking, ‘One year ago it was different, we were in the final’. “I didn’t think over the year a lot. I didn’t watch the game back, for example. But in that moment you realise, ‘What’s that? Oh, the Champions League final. Right’. “All the people shouting were Spanish, the year before they were all German. It is only when it comes up and that was the last time when I really suffered. That is absolutely OK. “If something is really important for you, you have to be ready for suffering. That is how life is.” Klopp lost the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund Credit: Getty images Klopp has developed an unhealthy habit for losing major finals, defeated in his last five, but he heads to Kiev to face Real Madrid thrilled with the possibilities of getting so far, rather than fretting about the outcome. “If you want guarantees then don’t qualify for a final, stay at home and or go on holiday,” he says. “It is not nice when you lose a final, but I will always try again. “One of the rules is that the more you try, the more likely that you will do it. I know how it feels and I felt it a few times when you’ve won it, it is really cool and that is what we are going for. “I know how I lost the finals. It didn’t change my life. It’s not that I wake up every morning and think, ‘Wow, that was a big chance’. I always had teams that could qualify and we went to the Europa League final two years ago and it was about the team. We were unlucky in the final. We didn’t score in the first half often enough. We didn’t get a penalty, second half. It was legs. This time the legs will be fine. “I know it will be very special and I would really love to come back and bring the people the trophy. That would be really nice.” Jurgen Klopp's last five finals Klopp won his first final – the 2012 German Cup – and added two Bundesliga titles before a barren run began. The modern Liverpool reputation as “nearly men” is of more concern. The club have won one trophy since the 2006 FA Cup, despite making 12 semi-finals – including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup finals – over that period. Beyond the cup competitions, finishing runners-up in the 2014 Premier League title race was the most upsetting near miss of all. Of the side preparing to face the European champions, only captain Jordan Henderson remains from the Liverpool team who defeated Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup, the club’s last silverware coming during Kenny Dalglish’s second reign. “We are all human beings. It is not nice. But being there is a big thing,” says Klopp. “It is unbelievable. Most people in the world try their whole life and don’t go to one final because you need luck in specific moments. We had that this season, we deserved it I think. And now we are there again. “I knew our football could really fit the competition, but again, we needed luck against Manchester City. We were really good and deserved, it but we needed luck as well. The same against Roma. We can lose there 5-2 or at City we can be 2-0 down or 3-0 down at half-time. But to go to the final stage. That is special.” Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers A win against the most formidable Champions League opponent of all, Real Madrid, pursuing a 13th win and third in a row, would be the ultimate recompense for recent let-downs. Klopp says Zinedine Zidane’s side have the experience and know-how, but the prestige of both clubs ensures there will be no inferiority complex. “They can make it a third time in a row, but we are Liverpool, that’s something not to forget. We feel that,” says Klopp. “We like the role we are in. Everything is positive. We’ve learnt a bit, and we are in a good moment. “There have been three dominant clubs in the last few years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern. A few others showed up but there are those three, and we face one of them in the final, so who should be the favourite? It’s not that I want to be the underdog and I don’t feel like an underdog. But yes they are favourites, they know everything, they could write the f---ing scripts for the finals because they have experienced it four times in the last five years. “We can’t, but there’s no problem with that. We want to play football and win a football game and thank God it is always possible. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “I saw a car coming in this morning with two flags, “Liverpool Champions League final Kiev”. So it starts already. We are looking forward to it, we are happy about it, having a smile on your face, that’s nice. You can pretty much only get it from football. That’s really cool.” Despite recent setbacks in showpiece occasions, Liverpool are not without winners. James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum won cups and titles at their former clubs. Mohamed Salah won the Swiss Super League with Basel. But the CVs are incomparable to the players they meet. “This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation,” says Klopp. “A lot of their players won the last two finals and that’s really rare. Real have almost exactly the same line-up from winning it before. “In the end it will be a test: what’s bigger the desire to win a third one in a row or the desire to win the first one for some years? “They will want to do it again. It would be big 100 per cent. If we did it, it would be big, too. We will try.”
Jurgen Klopp unconcerned by his and Liverpool's records in finals: 'The more you try, the more likely you will do it'
Jurgen Klopp was suffering in the Nevada desert, in prolonged therapy from his last Champions League final defeat, when he experienced an epiphany. It was May 2014 and Klopp was on a post-season holiday in Las Vegas when he noticed fans huddling around a TV to watch Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid. Klopp’s attempt to recover after losing at Wembley a year earlier with Borussia Dortmund was entering a more vexing stage. The German coach realised at that moment there is greater torment than falling at the last hurdle. Not being there to leap it. “When Real Madrid played Atletico in the final I was by the pool and a lot of people were watching it,” Klopp recalls. “I was kind of annoyed hearing the noise. I had no clue who had scored or nothing about the game. I really tried to ignore it because it hurt. It was still painful what had happened the year before. I was thinking, ‘One year ago it was different, we were in the final’. “I didn’t think over the year a lot. I didn’t watch the game back, for example. But in that moment you realise, ‘What’s that? Oh, the Champions League final. Right’. “All the people shouting were Spanish, the year before they were all German. It is only when it comes up and that was the last time when I really suffered. That is absolutely OK. “If something is really important for you, you have to be ready for suffering. That is how life is.” Klopp lost the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund Credit: Getty images Klopp has developed an unhealthy habit for losing major finals, defeated in his last five, but he heads to Kiev to face Real Madrid thrilled with the possibilities of getting so far, rather than fretting about the outcome. “If you want guarantees then don’t qualify for a final, stay at home and or go on holiday,” he says. “It is not nice when you lose a final, but I will always try again. “One of the rules is that the more you try, the more likely that you will do it. I know how it feels and I felt it a few times when you’ve won it, it is really cool and that is what we are going for. “I know how I lost the finals. It didn’t change my life. It’s not that I wake up every morning and think, ‘Wow, that was a big chance’. I always had teams that could qualify and we went to the Europa League final two years ago and it was about the team. We were unlucky in the final. We didn’t score in the first half often enough. We didn’t get a penalty, second half. It was legs. This time the legs will be fine. “I know it will be very special and I would really love to come back and bring the people the trophy. That would be really nice.” Jurgen Klopp's last five finals Klopp won his first final – the 2012 German Cup – and added two Bundesliga titles before a barren run began. The modern Liverpool reputation as “nearly men” is of more concern. The club have won one trophy since the 2006 FA Cup, despite making 12 semi-finals – including the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup finals – over that period. Beyond the cup competitions, finishing runners-up in the 2014 Premier League title race was the most upsetting near miss of all. Of the side preparing to face the European champions, only captain Jordan Henderson remains from the Liverpool team who defeated Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup, the club’s last silverware coming during Kenny Dalglish’s second reign. “We are all human beings. It is not nice. But being there is a big thing,” says Klopp. “It is unbelievable. Most people in the world try their whole life and don’t go to one final because you need luck in specific moments. We had that this season, we deserved it I think. And now we are there again. “I knew our football could really fit the competition, but again, we needed luck against Manchester City. We were really good and deserved, it but we needed luck as well. The same against Roma. We can lose there 5-2 or at City we can be 2-0 down or 3-0 down at half-time. But to go to the final stage. That is special.” Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers A win against the most formidable Champions League opponent of all, Real Madrid, pursuing a 13th win and third in a row, would be the ultimate recompense for recent let-downs. Klopp says Zinedine Zidane’s side have the experience and know-how, but the prestige of both clubs ensures there will be no inferiority complex. “They can make it a third time in a row, but we are Liverpool, that’s something not to forget. We feel that,” says Klopp. “We like the role we are in. Everything is positive. We’ve learnt a bit, and we are in a good moment. “There have been three dominant clubs in the last few years. Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern. A few others showed up but there are those three, and we face one of them in the final, so who should be the favourite? It’s not that I want to be the underdog and I don’t feel like an underdog. But yes they are favourites, they know everything, they could write the f---ing scripts for the finals because they have experienced it four times in the last five years. “We can’t, but there’s no problem with that. We want to play football and win a football game and thank God it is always possible. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “I saw a car coming in this morning with two flags, “Liverpool Champions League final Kiev”. So it starts already. We are looking forward to it, we are happy about it, having a smile on your face, that’s nice. You can pretty much only get it from football. That’s really cool.” Despite recent setbacks in showpiece occasions, Liverpool are not without winners. James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum won cups and titles at their former clubs. Mohamed Salah won the Swiss Super League with Basel. But the CVs are incomparable to the players they meet. “This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation,” says Klopp. “A lot of their players won the last two finals and that’s really rare. Real have almost exactly the same line-up from winning it before. “In the end it will be a test: what’s bigger the desire to win a third one in a row or the desire to win the first one for some years? “They will want to do it again. It would be big 100 per cent. If we did it, it would be big, too. We will try.”
Gareth Southgate with Raheem Sterling, who played a vital role in Manchester City’s runaway Premier League success this season.
England youngsters in ‘matches that matter’ have Southgate looking up
Gareth Southgate with Raheem Sterling, who played a vital role in Manchester City’s runaway Premier League success this season.
It’s sad and strange to think that come next season, John Walker Motson OBE won’t be commentating on football matches. He’s an integral part of many fans’ memories, providing the soundtrack to milestone moments in our lives: shock cup wins, derby day defeats, inevitable England disappointments. Half-man, half-microphone, Motty is Mr Football – the best phrase-maker and most reassuring voice in the sport. As we reached the end of his 50th and final season at the BBC, Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin (BBC Two) was a fond, thoroughly charming documentary charting his life and career. Motson started out at as a Radio 2 reporter before joining Match of the Day. His breakthrough came in 1972 at non-league Hereford’s giant-killing FA Cup victory over Newcastle, complete with that unforgettable Ronnie Radford thunderbolt. “Oh what a goal!” he burbled enthusiastically. “Radford the scorer. What a tremendous shot by Ronnie Radford. And the crowd are on the pitch.” As Hereford’s unlikely heroes were mobbed by pitch-invading schoolboys, wearing green parkas and whirling woolly scarves, Motty never looked back. We saw how a scientific study found him to have the perfect commentary voice, despite its slight sibilance (“one of the shaves of the sheason”). We relived his immortal lines: "How fitting that a man called Buchan should be first up the 39 steps" at the 1977 FA Cup final and "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club" 11 years later. We gasped as those two managerial titans, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson, bridled at Motty’s guileless questions and told him to go away in no uncertain terms. How very dare they. John Motson has retired after more than 50 years in the business Credit: BBC/PA Surprisingly to many, Motson also dabbled in boxing, with Muhammad Ali once guesting as his co-commentator. Ali left him a souvenir, signed: “There’s only one who’s the greatest with a microphone.” As Motty embarked on a “farewell tour”, commentating from all 20 Premier League grounds in his swansong season, cameras followed him up and down motorways, in and out of stadia. We heard from his beloved wife Annie (who helps with his formidable research and is truly the power behind the gantry throne) and son Fred, as the two men pottered endearingly around “Motty’s Bar”, the pub-cum-treasure trove in his garage. John Motson's highlights More starry contributions came from Elton John, Rod Stewart and Noel Gallagher, alongside players-turned-colleagues: Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson. They told amusing anecdotes about Motty's meticulous preparation and obsessive routines – and the huffing, puffing and sighing when these routines were disturbed by a journey delay or a drink spilt on his precious notes. Yet it wasn’t all backslapping and misty-eyed nostalgia. A powerful segment covered the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Motson was on mic duty that fateful afternoon in April 1989, his role shifting from match commentator to news reporter at a disaster scene. The experience weighed heavy on him. Motty’s lip wobbled as he discussed it and Annie admitted it “shook his love and belief in football”. The best TV shows of 2018 It was heartwarming that Barry Davies – for so long Motty’s arch rival at the BBC – was the first to phone him afterwards to offer support. Having been at the Heysel Stadium disaster four years previously, Davies was one of the few who could feel his colleague’s pain. Most of all, this was a portrait of a great British eccentric. With his habitual pre-match ham-and-cheese toastie, his nerdy love of statistics and, of course, his trademark sheepskin coat, Motson is the sort of loveable oddball who enriches our culture. A typically irascible 72-year-old, he fumbled with the Broadcasting House doors, tutted at his fiddly smartphone and repeatedly lost his glasses case. Forming the centrepiece of an evening themed around the veteran broadcaster, this evocative, affectionate film was a worthy tribute and fitting farewell. Thanks for the memories, Motty.
Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin, review: a portrait of a great British eccentric
It’s sad and strange to think that come next season, John Walker Motson OBE won’t be commentating on football matches. He’s an integral part of many fans’ memories, providing the soundtrack to milestone moments in our lives: shock cup wins, derby day defeats, inevitable England disappointments. Half-man, half-microphone, Motty is Mr Football – the best phrase-maker and most reassuring voice in the sport. As we reached the end of his 50th and final season at the BBC, Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin (BBC Two) was a fond, thoroughly charming documentary charting his life and career. Motson started out at as a Radio 2 reporter before joining Match of the Day. His breakthrough came in 1972 at non-league Hereford’s giant-killing FA Cup victory over Newcastle, complete with that unforgettable Ronnie Radford thunderbolt. “Oh what a goal!” he burbled enthusiastically. “Radford the scorer. What a tremendous shot by Ronnie Radford. And the crowd are on the pitch.” As Hereford’s unlikely heroes were mobbed by pitch-invading schoolboys, wearing green parkas and whirling woolly scarves, Motty never looked back. We saw how a scientific study found him to have the perfect commentary voice, despite its slight sibilance (“one of the shaves of the sheason”). We relived his immortal lines: "How fitting that a man called Buchan should be first up the 39 steps" at the 1977 FA Cup final and "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club" 11 years later. We gasped as those two managerial titans, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson, bridled at Motty’s guileless questions and told him to go away in no uncertain terms. How very dare they. John Motson has retired after more than 50 years in the business Credit: BBC/PA Surprisingly to many, Motson also dabbled in boxing, with Muhammad Ali once guesting as his co-commentator. Ali left him a souvenir, signed: “There’s only one who’s the greatest with a microphone.” As Motty embarked on a “farewell tour”, commentating from all 20 Premier League grounds in his swansong season, cameras followed him up and down motorways, in and out of stadia. We heard from his beloved wife Annie (who helps with his formidable research and is truly the power behind the gantry throne) and son Fred, as the two men pottered endearingly around “Motty’s Bar”, the pub-cum-treasure trove in his garage. John Motson's highlights More starry contributions came from Elton John, Rod Stewart and Noel Gallagher, alongside players-turned-colleagues: Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson. They told amusing anecdotes about Motty's meticulous preparation and obsessive routines – and the huffing, puffing and sighing when these routines were disturbed by a journey delay or a drink spilt on his precious notes. Yet it wasn’t all backslapping and misty-eyed nostalgia. A powerful segment covered the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Motson was on mic duty that fateful afternoon in April 1989, his role shifting from match commentator to news reporter at a disaster scene. The experience weighed heavy on him. Motty’s lip wobbled as he discussed it and Annie admitted it “shook his love and belief in football”. The best TV shows of 2018 It was heartwarming that Barry Davies – for so long Motty’s arch rival at the BBC – was the first to phone him afterwards to offer support. Having been at the Heysel Stadium disaster four years previously, Davies was one of the few who could feel his colleague’s pain. Most of all, this was a portrait of a great British eccentric. With his habitual pre-match ham-and-cheese toastie, his nerdy love of statistics and, of course, his trademark sheepskin coat, Motson is the sort of loveable oddball who enriches our culture. A typically irascible 72-year-old, he fumbled with the Broadcasting House doors, tutted at his fiddly smartphone and repeatedly lost his glasses case. Forming the centrepiece of an evening themed around the veteran broadcaster, this evocative, affectionate film was a worthy tribute and fitting farewell. Thanks for the memories, Motty.
It’s sad and strange to think that come next season, John Walker Motson OBE won’t be commentating on football matches. He’s an integral part of many fans’ memories, providing the soundtrack to milestone moments in our lives: shock cup wins, derby day defeats, inevitable England disappointments. Half-man, half-microphone, Motty is Mr Football – the best phrase-maker and most reassuring voice in the sport. As we reached the end of his 50th and final season at the BBC, Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin (BBC Two) was a fond, thoroughly charming documentary charting his life and career. Motson started out at as a Radio 2 reporter before joining Match of the Day. His breakthrough came in 1972 at non-league Hereford’s giant-killing FA Cup victory over Newcastle, complete with that unforgettable Ronnie Radford thunderbolt. “Oh what a goal!” he burbled enthusiastically. “Radford the scorer. What a tremendous shot by Ronnie Radford. And the crowd are on the pitch.” As Hereford’s unlikely heroes were mobbed by pitch-invading schoolboys, wearing green parkas and whirling woolly scarves, Motty never looked back. We saw how a scientific study found him to have the perfect commentary voice, despite its slight sibilance (“one of the shaves of the sheason”). We relived his immortal lines: "How fitting that a man called Buchan should be first up the 39 steps" at the 1977 FA Cup final and "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club" 11 years later. We gasped as those two managerial titans, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson, bridled at Motty’s guileless questions and told him to go away in no uncertain terms. How very dare they. John Motson has retired after more than 50 years in the business Credit: BBC/PA Surprisingly to many, Motson also dabbled in boxing, with Muhammad Ali once guesting as his co-commentator. Ali left him a souvenir, signed: “There’s only one who’s the greatest with a microphone.” As Motty embarked on a “farewell tour”, commentating from all 20 Premier League grounds in his swansong season, cameras followed him up and down motorways, in and out of stadia. We heard from his beloved wife Annie (who helps with his formidable research and is truly the power behind the gantry throne) and son Fred, as the two men pottered endearingly around “Motty’s Bar”, the pub-cum-treasure trove in his garage. John Motson's highlights More starry contributions came from Elton John, Rod Stewart and Noel Gallagher, alongside players-turned-colleagues: Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson. They told amusing anecdotes about Motty's meticulous preparation and obsessive routines – and the huffing, puffing and sighing when these routines were disturbed by a journey delay or a drink spilt on his precious notes. Yet it wasn’t all backslapping and misty-eyed nostalgia. A powerful segment covered the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Motson was on mic duty that fateful afternoon in April 1989, his role shifting from match commentator to news reporter at a disaster scene. The experience weighed heavy on him. Motty’s lip wobbled as he discussed it and Annie admitted it “shook his love and belief in football”. The best TV shows of 2018 It was heartwarming that Barry Davies – for so long Motty’s arch rival at the BBC – was the first to phone him afterwards to offer support. Having been at the Heysel Stadium disaster four years previously, Davies was one of the few who could feel his colleague’s pain. Most of all, this was a portrait of a great British eccentric. With his habitual pre-match ham-and-cheese toastie, his nerdy love of statistics and, of course, his trademark sheepskin coat, Motson is the sort of loveable oddball who enriches our culture. A typically irascible 72-year-old, he fumbled with the Broadcasting House doors, tutted at his fiddly smartphone and repeatedly lost his glasses case. Forming the centrepiece of an evening themed around the veteran broadcaster, this evocative, affectionate film was a worthy tribute and fitting farewell. Thanks for the memories, Motty.
Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin, review: a portrait of a great British eccentric
It’s sad and strange to think that come next season, John Walker Motson OBE won’t be commentating on football matches. He’s an integral part of many fans’ memories, providing the soundtrack to milestone moments in our lives: shock cup wins, derby day defeats, inevitable England disappointments. Half-man, half-microphone, Motty is Mr Football – the best phrase-maker and most reassuring voice in the sport. As we reached the end of his 50th and final season at the BBC, Motty: The Man Behind the Sheepskin (BBC Two) was a fond, thoroughly charming documentary charting his life and career. Motson started out at as a Radio 2 reporter before joining Match of the Day. His breakthrough came in 1972 at non-league Hereford’s giant-killing FA Cup victory over Newcastle, complete with that unforgettable Ronnie Radford thunderbolt. “Oh what a goal!” he burbled enthusiastically. “Radford the scorer. What a tremendous shot by Ronnie Radford. And the crowd are on the pitch.” As Hereford’s unlikely heroes were mobbed by pitch-invading schoolboys, wearing green parkas and whirling woolly scarves, Motty never looked back. We saw how a scientific study found him to have the perfect commentary voice, despite its slight sibilance (“one of the shaves of the sheason”). We relived his immortal lines: "How fitting that a man called Buchan should be first up the 39 steps" at the 1977 FA Cup final and "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club" 11 years later. We gasped as those two managerial titans, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson, bridled at Motty’s guileless questions and told him to go away in no uncertain terms. How very dare they. John Motson has retired after more than 50 years in the business Credit: BBC/PA Surprisingly to many, Motson also dabbled in boxing, with Muhammad Ali once guesting as his co-commentator. Ali left him a souvenir, signed: “There’s only one who’s the greatest with a microphone.” As Motty embarked on a “farewell tour”, commentating from all 20 Premier League grounds in his swansong season, cameras followed him up and down motorways, in and out of stadia. We heard from his beloved wife Annie (who helps with his formidable research and is truly the power behind the gantry throne) and son Fred, as the two men pottered endearingly around “Motty’s Bar”, the pub-cum-treasure trove in his garage. John Motson's highlights More starry contributions came from Elton John, Rod Stewart and Noel Gallagher, alongside players-turned-colleagues: Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson. They told amusing anecdotes about Motty's meticulous preparation and obsessive routines – and the huffing, puffing and sighing when these routines were disturbed by a journey delay or a drink spilt on his precious notes. Yet it wasn’t all backslapping and misty-eyed nostalgia. A powerful segment covered the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Motson was on mic duty that fateful afternoon in April 1989, his role shifting from match commentator to news reporter at a disaster scene. The experience weighed heavy on him. Motty’s lip wobbled as he discussed it and Annie admitted it “shook his love and belief in football”. The best TV shows of 2018 It was heartwarming that Barry Davies – for so long Motty’s arch rival at the BBC – was the first to phone him afterwards to offer support. Having been at the Heysel Stadium disaster four years previously, Davies was one of the few who could feel his colleague’s pain. Most of all, this was a portrait of a great British eccentric. With his habitual pre-match ham-and-cheese toastie, his nerdy love of statistics and, of course, his trademark sheepskin coat, Motson is the sort of loveable oddball who enriches our culture. A typically irascible 72-year-old, he fumbled with the Broadcasting House doors, tutted at his fiddly smartphone and repeatedly lost his glasses case. Forming the centrepiece of an evening themed around the veteran broadcaster, this evocative, affectionate film was a worthy tribute and fitting farewell. Thanks for the memories, Motty.
The Brazilian has drawn interest from around Europe, but the Turkish side's boss has hinted that a deal has been made with the Premier League club
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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Cenk Tosun of Everton in London, Britain May 13, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Gundogan of Manchester City, Ozil of Arsenal and Tosun of Everton in London
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Cenk Tosun of Everton in London, Britain May 13, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Cenk Tosun of Everton in London, Britain May 13, 2018. Picture taken May 13, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Gundogan of Manchester City, Ozil of Arsenal and Tosun of Everton in London
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Premier League soccer players Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Cenk Tosun of Everton in London, Britain May 13, 2018. Picture taken May 13, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
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Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Vieira futur coach de Nice ?
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : Vieira futur coach de Nice ?
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
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FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 This is the kind of day by which Antonio Conte will like to remember his time at Chelsea, if indeed it is to end after two seasons and two major trophies, with a cup in his hand, champagne in his hair and his old enemy Jose Mourinho wondering how easily he let a final slip away. Both men have had the great advantage of managing Eden Hazard and both have seemed to disapprove at times of the mercurial Belgian and his rare, unpredictable talent – but on this day there was no questioning the great quality of Chelsea’s No 10. As he ran away from Phil Jones on 21 minutes, trailing the Englishman like an old rig pursuing a sail boat in a breezy bay, one wondered what he might to do England when Belgium meet them in the World Cup next month. This was a dreadful final but you were left with the impression that Hazard remains a great player in an era when what it means to be the best has been taken to new levels by the two stars of the Spanish game. He stroked in the 22nd-minute penalty that decided the game as if he were posting his neighbour’s mail, and although United got to grips with him better in the second half the damage was already done. United were woeful in the first half, although Mourinho did not see it that way. “I’m quite curious today, tomorrow, the next couple of days to read, to watch, to listen to your opinions,” he said in his press conference, “especially because now I’m on holidays and I have more time for that.” Of course, he did not mean any of that, it was simply a way of dealing with the inevitable questions about such a lacklustre performance and portraying himself as stoical and misunderstood. FA Cup final player ratings He complained that it was Chelsea who were the more unadventurous of the two and said to the BBC that they had not deserved to win. Just after he had bemoaned Romelu Lukaku’s withdrawal, the Wembley press room sound system packed in and the sound of whining filled the room, although at that moment Mourinho was silent. It was the first time he had lost a domestic cup final in England. There were fine performances in the Chelsea shirts, from Thibaut Courtois in particular when United burst into life in the second half. It was a good day for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger but it was not United as they like to imagine themselves at Wembley. They had 70 minutes including stoppage time to reel in Chelsea and they failed miserably, ending the game as they began it, with no real flair in attack. When the last corner sailed straight into Courtois’ gloves, Alexis Sanchez ripped off some strapping and threw it to the turf in frustration. It is a season without a trophy for Mourinho and a very dull note on which to sign off for the summer. Conte on the other hand has his second major English honour and the eighth FA Cup of Chelsea’s history, lifting them above Liverpool on seven to draw level with Tottenham Hotspur in third on the same total. FA Cup final reaction and analysis | How Chelsea held their nerve against United Afterwards, the Chelsea manager came in wielding the phrase “serial winner” to describe himself. His intention was to portray himself as the man who had warned in the summer that the squad was not strong enough to defend its title and had subsequently got the maximum from that group of players. “If they want to continue to work with me, they know me,” he said of the club’s board. “I can’t change [the way I play]. My way is always the same.” It sounded suspiciously like a manager daring his club to sack him, which would suit Conte nicely given that he knows Chelsea have no intention of doing things the way that he wants to. He signed off with a full defence of his record, of his two trophies in two years and the clear inference that the ball is very much in the club’s side of the court when it comes to his future. What may make that decision inevitable is any breakdown in his relationship with Hazard, again the match-winner and for whom Marina Granovskaia would currently sack any manager to safeguard the future of Chelsea’s brilliant No 10. He faded a little after the break and was substituted in the last few minutes, with Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera having marked him better in the second half. By then, however, Jones was bleeding from the head while the blood in his veins had been well and truly twisted by Hazard. Mourinho consoles Pogba at the final whistle Credit: REUTERS Chelsea were well-organised and tight and then, when they got Hazard on the ball, United struggled to be the same way. He was a preoccupation for them every time and there was no one who was similarly creative for United. The move that earned Chelsea the winning penalty was perfect, isolating Jones with Hazard and exposing the Englishman to the impossible task of trying to stop the Belgian when he is weaving and ducking and moving forward at such a ferocious pace. Cesc Fabregas spotted the opening, curving a pass the wrong side of Jones to Hazard on the right and off he went, with those delicate changes of direction that made Jones doubt whether he ever really had him in the crosshairs. It got to the point when non-intervention was no longer an option for Jones and as he thrust himself along the turf to try to get something on the ball, it felt unlikely that when the big chap resurfaced he would do so to good news. Hazard had seen him coming, switched the ball away from him and took the foul, turned roughly upside down and deposited in the penalty area. Jones' slide tackle brought down Hazard for the penalty Credit: CAMERASPORT A quick and accurate call from Michael Oliver and Hazard was sizing up the penalty. They say that he never takes his eyes off the goalkeeper in his run-up – some people can break all the basic rules of playing the game, and only a few can put a goalkeeper as good as David de Gea in one corner of the goal and the ball in the other. Hazard looked more chilled than the half-time drinks. Marcus Rashford was anonymous in attack and even in midfield United looked sketchy in the first half. Herrera miscontrolled passes and Nemanja Matic got caught out of position when suddenly Tiemoue Bakayoko pushed into the United area with the ball and went down in a heap. Oliver called it just right – Bakayoko had tripped himself up. United were better in the second half. A Sanchez goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Courtois saved from Rashford and then Marcos Alonso should have scored when Kante carried the ball up field. Mourinho took off Jesse Lingard and Rashford and sent on Lukaku and Anthony Martial to try to rescue the game, although they never looked like they had it in them to win it. Mourinho was down the tunnel before Cahill raised the Cup aloft, which looked his way of distancing himself from a performance United’s fans have probably already forgotten. 7:44PM Jose Mourinho post-match presser "With your questions I know already where I am and I don't have big desire to speak. I think we say congratulations to the winner and that's it. "I'm quite curious to specially because now I'm on holidays and have more time for that, I'm curious for today, tomorrow, next couple of days to read, watch, listen your opinions. My opinion is every defeat hurts but for me the ones that hurt less is when you give everything and go without any regrets. I prefer to lose like today than we did, for example, at Newcastle. I leave my players happy with them. For me that's important." 7:38PM Antonio Conte with the trophy Credit: REUTERS Conte is spending rather more time with the trophy than he has done in the past, showing it off to the Chelsea fans who are still in Wembley celebrating the win. He's also been drenched in champagne or some sort of liquid... is it a send-off? Let's for a little while just forget about that and concentrate on the achievement. Winning the FA Cup isn't easy and this victory means in just two seasons Conte has won a Premier League and FA Cup. That's pretty good going. 7:28PM Mourinho says Man Utd deserved to win Jose Mourinho says he doesn't think Chelsea deserved to win the #FACup.#CHEMUN#bbcfacuphttps://t.co/8GaDrszOAopic.twitter.com/MUPb4FUsVr— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 19, 2018 "I think we deserve to win, we were the best team but that's football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can't imagine what you will say. My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. "We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don't have presence so they knew they'd dominate direct football. They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn't touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net. "I congratulate them." 7:23PM Player ratings FA Cup final player ratings 7:20PM Conte celebrates Credit: GETTY IMAGES 7:18PM More Chelsea reaction Eden Hazard It was not an easy game, thye have a lot of good players, we defend well, keep a clean sheet and socre one goal. it's enough today. if we want to win a lot of games we have to play better, we were lcuyky to score one goal, we are happy I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy is something I like. We didn't have the best season. Thibaut Courtois The cameraman has to tilt to get Courtois in frame, like he's the guy that's too tall in Police Squad. It's great. To win my first FA Cup is amazing. I think all season has been a long season, especially with speculation about everything and obviously City were amazing and we slipped up on our way. 7:15PM Chelsea players Gary Cahill We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years... it's not bad is it? He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi's been superb all season, we're buzzing, got the job done. We're delighted. It's a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I'm delighted I've won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn't play in and it's not the same if you don't put everything on the pitch. Cesc Fabregas It hasn't been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it's important for them. It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it's more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it's tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined. 7:11PM Chelsea players celebrate "Why did it take Manchester United to go behind to chase the game?" asks Alan Shearer. "Why didn't they start on the front foot and ask questions of that Chelsea back five?" 7:07PM CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP! That's it! Chelsea are deserved winners, they controlled that game off the ball and won it with one clinical move. Eden Hazard's penalty decides the match. 7:06PM 90 mins + 5 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United still looking for a late equaliser. Where's it coming from? Mata swings the ball into the box, Moses heads behind for a corner. This could be the last chance of the game! 7:05PM 90 mins +4 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba switches play, Valencia whips the ball in from wide and Matic and Pogba get in each other's way. Matic heads over from close range. Close... but not enough! Courtois is booked for time wasting. 7:02PM 90 mins +2 CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 "Sweep the leg, Phil." pic.twitter.com/HpPfxQ6QUw— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 19, 2018 Hazard is substituted for Willian. That's either a big call by Conte, or an attempt to wind Mourinho up and suggest the game is finished. Chelsea are keeping the ball in the corner now. 7:01PM 90 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Giroud off, Morata on. Giroud applauds the fans and smiles as he walks off. He thinks this is won. Hazard wins a corner with some excellent close control and pace near the United box. 7:00PM 88 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United are still taking way too long on the ball. Chelsea are organised and aren't leaving any space. Everyone behind the ball. Young crosses into the middle, Sanchez controls beautifully, Martial is to his left, he can drill this low into the box... But he's chipped the ball straight out for a goal kick. United's end product has been atrocious today. 6:58PM 86 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Hazard is twisting and turning his way around defenders near the corner flag, Fabregas joins in. Mata replaces Jones, which will mean a change to a three man defence I think. Matic seems to have dropped there. It might even just be a two - Chelsea aren't even trying to attack just now so that makes sense. 6:57PM 84 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Here comes Juan Mata. The final roll of the dice for Mourinho. 6:55PM 82 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 WHAT A MISS! Pogba has missed a free header from inside the six yard area. It's a dreadful effort. 6:53PM 80 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 11 - Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018 He's not been much better in this half. Matic has just tried a shot from 35 yards and oh boy he can get power on those. Courtois saves and spills but Chelsea survive. 6:50PM 78 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are defending really well, United can't afford to commit too many forward for fear of the counter-attack. 6:47PM 75 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea are in full defend mode now, getting into a compact shape and inviting Man Utd forward. They can still break on the counter-attack but 15 minutes is a long time to deal with constant pressure. Jones and Giroud have clashed heads so play has stopped for a bit. 6:44PM 72 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 RASHFORD IS IN! The game is really opening up now and Rashford has been threaded in on goal. He goes for the dink but Courtois reads it, stays big and deflects behind with his shoulder. Lukaku and Martial on, Rashford and Lingard off! Can United get back into this one? They're going for it! 6:43PM 71 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku's putting his football clothes on and getting ready to come on. He's even putting his boots on - what the hell has he been doing the entire time? Why does he think he's there? So many footballers do this, there must be something I don't know about having to not wear your work clothes when at work if you're a professional athlete. Chelsea are in! They have men over, Alonso is played in - he MUST SCORE! Saved by De Gea! And out. Big big big moment there. And the referee has seen something he wants checked by VAR. The ball has come off Young's hand in the area and this could be a penalty! The VAR says ball to hand. I agree. 6:40PM 68 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Lukaku is sitting on the substitutes' seats after doing a bunch of warm-ups. How long until we see him on the pitch? United look really dangerous all of a sudden and might not want to ruin the flow. Young has gone down on the left, doing one of his famous exaggerated falls. It's not a dive because Azpilicueta has connected with him but come on. Just stop it, Ashley. Please. We've had enough. 6:38PM 66 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 VAR works then! 'We've had a white horse final, we don't want a white elephant final!' says Steve Wilson on BBC commentary. He's been saving that one. 6:36PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL - DISALLOWED! It's offside! The ball is curled in, Pogba hooks a leg at it and it's bundled in by Sanchez! The linesman rules it out for offside and Courtois is down injured. And Oliver is looking for a bit of help from VAR on this because the Sanchez call is tight. The replay shows Sanchez is just offside. 6:34PM 63 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Another free-kick for United in a wide position. Young and Rashford keep winning these but none have really threatened yet. 6:33PM 62 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez is so clumsy on the ball. He's given it away a heap of times and the latest has given Chelsea a chance to counter... but Hazard can only cross to the near post and De Gea saves. And now United attack! Young is wide left and his cross is awful. Everything except the final ball is decent for United just now. 6:32PM 60 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Pogba and Sanchez have been giving each other animated reactions to poor passes, they don't seem to really get on yet. That doesn't matter if it's producing winning performances but that's the big problem. United need to take advantage of this pressure... but Matic shoots well wide. Mourinho bounces around the touchline, he's got his players pushed higher up the pitch and they're winning tackles and everything. What a change a half makes. 6:29PM 58 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AP United finally get in behind the Chelsea defence - this is much better! Valencia cuts it back from near the goal line, there are bodies everywhere trying to get at it, Rashford batters a shot at goal and Courtois does well to block, then Pogba chips a pass to nobody. United need to keep this pressure up, it's their best spell so far. 6:27PM 56 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Antonio Conte’s win success rate whilst wearing a suit must be about 90%, and probably about 20% in a tracksuit. Genuinely the secret to his success. Not tactics, not man management. The suit.— Sunday League Hipster (@HipsterManager) May 19, 2018 United attack down the left and have a bit of momentum about them at the moment. Young comes inside to try and attack the loose ball in the area but ends up shooting over the bar with an ill-advised effort from wide of the box. 6:25PM 54 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Rashford curls it in at speed to that dangerous area between goalkeeper and six yard box. Nobody gets a head on it but it just needed a little touch to take that past the goalie and level the score. Hazard is seeing more of the ball in this game than I can remember him usually getting, almost like he's upped his game because he's being man marked. 6:24PM 52 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Much better from United. They win the 50/50 and Pogba strides away with the ball, Young overlaps and is then fouled by Moses on the edge of the area. United have a free-kick in a decent looking position but probably too wide to shoot. Rashford has it. 6:22PM 50 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 So far this game has been an almost identical copy of the Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1 game. The first goal was Chelsea's and came from a counter-attack, the second was United scoring by taking advantage of Christensen bashing his head and deciding to play on. Hazard has gone down off the ball holding his face after colliding with Smalling. Smalling's caught him across the nose with his forearm while trying to come away with the ball. I suspect Hazard will survive. 6:19PM 48 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United start on the attack and win a corner! Well, they think they have but it's a goal kick. Jones has gone down off the ball after colliding with Giroud but both seem to be OK and get up off the floor. Pogba hits a Hollywood pass to switch flanks, Rashford loses the ball and Chelsea have a throw. Rashford has been really poor today, he looks short of confidence. 6:17PM KICK OFF 2 The players are back, most of the fans in the commercial section of Wembley aren't... but Chelsea have started the second half. Another two-man kick-off. 6:15PM Pretty sure he's safe Can anyone beat my 35 year ‘youngest’ FA Cup Final goal scoring record today 18y 19d ? Or am I safe for another year ?— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) May 19, 2018 6:15PM Jones' missed header Credit: PA 6:11PM What do Man Utd need to do? Something's not quite working. Chelsea can be beaten but Mourinho is cautious and a little worried about their threat on the counter - United need to penetrate more and find a way to break them down. At 1-0 down, Chelsea have a huge advantage. They were set up to score on the counter-attack anyway and now they have the lead, the match is going exactly as that tactical system would want it to. I can see Mourinho ditching the Herrera on Hazard thing. It's pointless and ruining the shape. A 4-2-3-1 with a bit of aggression should open things up a little. 6:02PM HALF TIME Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot... but it's blocked... and that's it! United's best move in the game so far is the last action before half time. 6:00PM 44 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 JONES AT THE BACK POST! But it's wide! United put the ball in from a corner, Young delivers from the second ball and Jones can't get a shot at goal as he goes for a header. The atmosphere's a little flat in Wembley. 5:58PM 42 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 United tentatively looking for a way to open up the Chelsea defence but they're so well drilled it's incredibly difficult to spot a gap to exploit. United's buildup is too slow, there's no focal point (Lukaku is missed) and Chelsea are in control. 5:54PM 39 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: CAMERASPORT That's the Jones tackle on Hazard. Hazard moves his body to shield the ball and ensure he gets fouled, it's really clever. United have a corner, it's headed behind. Sanchez takes the second corner but Courtois catches and sends his team away on the counter until Lingard wins the ball at halfway from Kante. Hazard carries the ball past three players and goes down in a crowd, winning a free-kick. Pogba and Lingard can't believe the referee's given that but it's a clear foul. Untied players need to get their heads in the game. 5:51PM 37 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 The shot hits the wall. Chelsea are in control now - they've had less possession throughout the game but have the lead and are now looking to keep the ball. They've settled into the game. 5:50PM 36 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Sanchez catches Bakayoko 25 yards out and Chelsea have a decent chance to hit a shot at goal now. The United defence look really nervous, I am 100 per cent behind Southgate's decision not to take Smalling to the World Cup. Alonso lines up the free-kick next to Fabregas. 5:49PM 34 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 And now let's never talk of it again. For clarity: "It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender."— Martin Lipton (@MartinLipton) May 19, 2018 5:46PM 32 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Azpilicueta pleading for Jones to be sent off. Luckily for the United defender, Michael Oliver knows his football rules. 5:45PM 30 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 POGBAAAAAAAA shoots wide! This is a much better Man Utd move though as they pass around the Chelsea half. Rashford goes down the outside of the full-back and swings a cross in, the ball ends up with Pogba 25 yards out and he smashes a low effort at goal. The goalkeeper had it covered. 5:42PM 28 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Herrera has just hit the worst shot in FA Cup history. A free-kick wide left is passed short instead of crossed into the box and Herrera tries to cut across the ball and power it at goal. Instead he sort of thumps it into the ground and it bobbles off somewhere to the left. 5:40PM 25 mins CHELSEA 1 MAN UTD 0 Will that change the way United approach this game now? They've been so cautious up til now and it's a first mistake that's allowed the first goal to come, exactly as we predicted earlier. Chelsea players were pretty fired up that the referee only showed a yellow card to Jones for that challenge - he was the last man and took Hazard down just as he was about to pull the trigger. Hazard gives Chelsea the lead. Right decision not to send Jones off as attempting to get the ball under double jeopardy law.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 5:37PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22' PEN) Man Utd 0 Such a cool penalty. Hazard steps up, waits for De Gea to make his move and then slots the ball low into the bottom corner. 5:36PM PENALTY! What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down! This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it's unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you'd think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He's quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can't believe that's not a red card. 5:35PM 20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen - something United have really needed. Herrera's position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That's also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal - a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho - and at the moment, Chelsea aren't attacking as they might like. Hazard isn't on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw. 5:31PM 17 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Credit: AFP And now Sanchez has gone down! He takes the ball down in the area, flicks it over a defender and might get caught by a boot... but again that would have been incredibly harsh and isn't a penalty. He actually has more of a chance winning a penalty by Moses grabbing his shoulders while falling to ground. 5:29PM 15 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Bakayoko goes down in the area! Is that a penalty!? The referee says no... and the replays seem to show that's the right decision. Matic just kind of catches the back of his foot as they come together on the edge of the box. It certainly would have been harsh but that's not one for the video assisted referee, which is in use for this one today. 5:28PM 13 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Giroud is caught offside just as Chelsea put together a smart looking one-touch pass move. Matic carries the ball forward at the other end and plays in Rashford on the right, but his cross is cleared from inside the box. United keep up the pressure but Young decides to cross into the area and nobody is there, it's a nervous, wasteful decision and Courtois catches easily. 5:25PM 10 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 "He's a twin-engine player", says Martin Keown about N'Golo Kante, which is actually quite a neat little description. Kante has committed a foul about 40 yards out though and United have a free-kick in the Chelsea half... but it's been dealt with way too easily and Chelsea are on the counter! Hazard comes away down the left, nips past Jones (whose dreadful pass started that counter) and shoots hard at the near post! That's a great save by De Gea to deny an opening goal. 5:23PM 8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it's a low block - no high pressing from Mourinho's men. 5:21PM 6 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 It is a 4-4-2 diamond, with Herrera playing deeper on the right of the diamond so he can man mark Hazard. That also means Valencia can get higher up the pitch and offer width to attacks. 5:19PM 4 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 The free-kick is delivered straight to De Gea's gloves. Matic is taking up deep positions between the centre-backs, Herrera has taken the ball forward from right-back - I can't quite figure out the United shape yet. 5:17PM 2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0 Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders. Alonso goes down under Herrera's attentions and wins a free-kick wide left. 5:15PM KICK OFF Man Utd get the game started! They go for a traditional two-man kick-off too. 5:08PM Here come the players Pyrotechnics, loud music - actual fire! The match hasn't even begun yet and it's already exciting. Let's hope both managers plan to make the action on the pitch worth watching - I've got a horrible feeling this could be a fairly uninspiring, low-scoring game. 5:06PM Abide With Me Some lovely Ray Wilkins banners are up in in the Chelsea and Man Utd ends as the fans come together to sing Abide With Me. Banners at either side of Wembley remembering Ray Wilkins ���� pic.twitter.com/877yQwE7p1— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) May 19, 2018 5:04PM Paul Pogba Is Jose Mourinho the man to solve the Paul Pogba puzzle? Which Paul Pogba will we see today? Alan Shearer and Ian Wright seem to think that an interview in which he says winning the FA Cup is all about getting the job done rather than playing nice football is a sign that Pogba isn't all that happy with Mourinho's tactical setup... but he must have known before he signed for United. Surely. I wrote this back in February: Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? And most of it remains true. He is better in a midfield three when allowed to advance up the pitch with a safety net behind him but Mourinho's formations tend not to allow that. He sees Pogba as a partner to Matic in a midfield two, built to help the team attack in transition rather than explore the pitch as he likes to. 4:54PM Hazard says he's not selfish enough There are times when Hazard looks like one of the best footballers in the Premier League, if not Europe, and during those periods he is often talked up as a potential Ballon d'Or winner. Hazard has suggested that he just doesn't have that same selfish streak as others to win an individual award like that, which sounds to me a little like he simply lacks the drive that those have. It's not because he's overly selfless that he disappears from games. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 That said, he easily made into this list. 4:49PM Man Utd tactics And this is how I see the United team. In defence that'll probably look a lot different, with Herrera tracking Hazard's running and others expected to fall back into more of a 4-5-1 shape. In attack the trio of forwards will spread out with one moving wide and the other two taking up central attacking positions. Pogba will be responsible for turning defence into attack quickly either by passing it long or dribbling up the pitch. 4:43PM Jose Mourinho has slyly laid into Lukaku Mourinho has revealed that Lukaku has 'told' him that he's only prepared to be on the bench today. Guess how happy he is about it? "He made a decision not ready to start, maybe to give us a little help. One thing is to start a match and play 90 minutes and another thing to be on the bench and that's what he told us he is ready to do. "I don't want to speak about [Rashford] that way, it's not fair. It's not my philosophy to put responsibility on this player, we play as a team and Marcus is just one of them. "It's better than lose of course, but it's not fair if I analyse my players and what they did over the season by one result. Can we win? Let's try everything." 4:37PM Chelsea's strategy That's how I reckon they'll line up. The midfield duo is there to break up play in the centre of the pitch and allow Chelsea to counter-attack. Fabregas is the playmaker, Hazard will have a free role to move into the channels and in the half spaces, as well as between the Man Utd defence and midfield. 4:35PM Conte's pre-match words We work very hard to prepare this game in the right way. For sure the last result was not positive and we have to play in a different way if we want to win this final. Yeh but is normal you have to try to send positivity to the group but I think the best message you can send is to prepare in the righ way. These are our starting 11, the same team we play against Liverpool two weeks ago. I think this is the best formation for today. But do you think this is disappointing season? I don't think so because I repeat I have worked with the players very hard. The second time, the second final in a row, this is a great achievement and now we have to change the result. 4:28PM Wembley Way filling up Credit: AFP 4:24PM Jesse Lingard's media trained answers "I think what I've done (at Wembley) gives you that extra confidence. I think you've got to enjoy it, it's a great day out and we've got to put on a show for them (the fans) and win the game "It's a very important day for us, Man Utd need to win trophies and that's what we're going to try and do today." 4:23PM Cesar Azpilicueta Ruud Gullit's trying some motivational techniques with the Chelsea players. Azpilicueta comes over as he's doing a bit to camera for the BBC and Gullit says, "how will it feel to beat your old coach?" How WILL it feel. I like it. His answer: "We were together for a couple of years, everyone is at different teams, at the end of the day everyone will try to win the cup." 4:17PM Chelsea starting lineup Today's team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Giroud. Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata. #FACupFinalpic.twitter.com/pSekQSv1cp— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018 Chelsea have gone with their 3-1-4-2. Kante and Bakayoko will win the ball in the midfield and Fabregas will ping passes from a slightly deeper position just behind them. 4:16PM Man Utd starting lineup �� Introducing #MUFC's #EmiratesFACup final starting line-up! �� #ForUnitedpic.twitter.com/OnPVGTrJfM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2018 Lukaku has made it - to the bench! I think that's a 4-3-1-2 (4-4-2 diamond). 4:15PM Man Utd can go level with Arsenal If United win today it will be their 13th FA Cup victory, putting them level with Arsenal. 4:10PM The inside story of Conte's fallout with Chelsea Revealed: The inside story of how Antonio Conte's reign at Chelsea turned sour 4:05PM Lukaku is here Credit: GETTY IMAGES THE MYSTERY THICKENS! Does he look injured? It's hard - nay - impossible to tell from pictures alone but I like that nobody knows until the team sheets come out. It will change the entire match if he's not and that could affect the future of Antonio Conte. This is the man who could grab Man Utd the goals that win the cup, the final nails in Conte's Chelsea coffin. Buuuuut if he is injured and Chelsea win, will Conte keep his job? Does he even want to? 3:59PM Rio Ferdinand on Hazard Eden..... please man have a quiet day!!!! @hazardeden10#facupfinalpic.twitter.com/gXcbfKzHbH— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2018 3:50PM Is Lukaku going to play? Credit: GETTY IMAGES According to my friend, the internet, Romelu Lukaku may have failed a late fitness test and won't start for Man Utd today. That would mean either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford has the duty of scoring all the goals but also means Mourinho loses that hold-up play Lukaku has been so good at this season. There's also a wee chance that Man Utd are putting little noises out to mess with Conte's thinking... 3:46PM It's cup final day! And what a day! People are getting married, Man Utd are playing Chelsea, it's sunny - what a time to be alive. The royal wedding is done and now the entire of the UK (and world) can turn their attentions to what promises to be a tense affair at Wembley between two giants of the football universe. Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho aren't best friends and neither will accept anything less than full commitment from their respective teams. For that reason I'd expect fairly defensive lineups from both managers, looking to keep things tight and take advantage of mistakes by their opposite number. It's pretty likely that this will not be a classic... and if you don't believe me, here's Mourinho's take on it: "I don't understand these words of entertaining. Do you think 6-0 is entertaining? I don't think so. "I think entertaining is emotional until the end, an open result until the end, everybody on their seats until the end, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the unpredictability of the result. "For me as a football lover, not as a manager, that's entertaining. I think it willl be entertaining." As to how both managers will attempt to control the match, here's a tactical breakdown of their last meeting pointing out the things you'll see over the course of the game. FA Cup Final tactical breakdown And here's some more evidence as to why it'll be cautious and more defence vs defence. Conte says: "This is a final. At the end of the day you have to win. It will be a tactical game. I don’t know what type of game. We will see. "It will be tough. To get to the final, to finish the season and the possibility to play at Wembley for the second time in a row it is a great achievement for us and the fans. The most important thing is to win the trophy and the will and desire to lift it." Team news will be with us at some point roughly an hour before kick off but until then, hang out with us right here as we, or I, bring you all the build up and then live analysis as the game happens.