The Manchester United squad is set to head south to London and Wembley Stadium, where they will meet Chelsea on Saturday tea-time in the club’s 20th FA Cup final. It all comes down to the Reds’ 56th and final game of the season.
But, although United finished with 12 more points than last term and recorded their best Premier League tally since 2012/13, the prospect of silverware makes Saturday’s clash a season-defining one.
“This club is about titles, about trophies, it’s about finals,”accepts Ander Herrera, whose winning goal in the semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur last month earned United their place in this weekend’s showpiece fixture.
“We have another chance to play in another final against a top team.”
The Spanish midfielder was an unused substitute during United’s last FA Cup final win – a 2-1 success over Crystal Palace in 2016, where Jesse Lingard’s extra-time volley sealed a then record-equalling 12th triumph for the club.
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“We will respect Chelsea, they are a top team and are used to winning as well. That makes the final even more difficult. But we are Manchester United, so they are going to respect us as well.”
“There are positives to take from that game,”said the Lancaster-born Scottish international, who drew broad acclaim for a disciplined man-marking job on Chelsea’s slippery playmaker Eden Hazard.
“The FA Cup final is the cup competition in England that everyone wants to win. It’s important that we do go and really take the game to them and come away with the trophy.”
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“It’s a fantastic history that we’ve got. Time does not stand still and we can’t let opportunities pass us by like the FA Cup final. This team and this squad is the one that has to keep producing trophies and maintaining the history of the club.”