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FA Cup: United, Palace Clash At Wembley

Posted: May 21, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor


Manchester United will clash against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on today with hopes of making up for the Champions League miss as the latter would want to right the wrongs of the 1990 final defeat by the former.

The Red Devils finished fifth on the Premier League table after finishing fifth in the final table and a victory today may not only make up for missing out on Champions League qualification, but could well keep under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal in a job.

However, Sportsmail provides more facts and figures on the teams’ line-up and FA Cup history.

It is been said that Joe Ledley is Crystal Palace’s only absentee for today’s FA Cup final against Manchester United.

The Wales international was said to have fractured his fibula and his participation at Euro 2016 is therefore in doubt.

Also, Bakary Sako has been passed fit after training on Thursday, while Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to start what could be his last match for the club from the bench.

Provisional squad: Hennessey, McCarthy, Speroni, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Mariappa, Souare, Lee, Jedinak, McArthur, Puncheon, Cabaye, Mutch, Zaha, Campbell, Gayle, Adebayor, Sako, Wickham, Kaikai.



  • These sides met in the 1990 FA Cup final – Crystal Palace’s only FA Cup final to date – United won 1-0 after a replay following a 3-3 draw. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew played in both of those games for the Eagles.
  • United have reached their first FA Cup final since 2007, and 19th overall (W11 L7). Only Arsenal (12) has won the trophy more times than the Red Devils.
  • Indeed, Manchester United has not won the trophy since 2004, and has not won it at Wembley since 1999.
  • Crystal Palace has never beaten Man United in the FA Cup (D2 L2).
  • Indeed, the Eagles’ last win in any competition against the Manchester outfit came in November 2011 (2-1 at Old Trafford in the League Cup).
  • Manchester United has won 15 of their last 20 games against the Eagles in all competitions (D4 L1).
  • The London side has won their last three games at Wembley Stadium, including both games since it was reopened in 2007 (both against Watford).
  • This will be Man United’s 14th game at the new Wembley Stadium – no team has played more games there (Chelsea also 14).
  • Manchester United has won five of their last seven games at the new Wembley (L2), after failing to win any of their opening six (D5 L1).
  • Palace have won six of their last seven FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides (L1).
  • The Red Devils have won their last two FA Cup matches against fellow Premier League sides, after failing to win any of the five before that (D2 L3).
  • Only Reading (14) have scored more goals than Manchester United in this season’s FA Cup (12).
  • Anthony Martial has been involved in exactly half of Manchester United’s 12 FA Cup goals this season (two goals, four assists).
  • Eight different players have scored for Man United in the FA Cup this season, more than any other team.
  • However, Crystal Palace have had the joint-second highest number of scorers (7, level with five other clubs).
  • Should Crystal Palace win, 83% of their opponents in the competition this year would have been from the top flight – the highest proportion since Liverpool in 2006 (also 83%).
  • Anthony Martial has been directly involved in 25 goals in all competitions this season (17 goals, eight assists); four many than any other Man Utd player.
  • Juan Mata has assisted more goals in all competitions for the Red Devils this term than any other player (9), although the Spaniard has set up just one goal in his last eight appearances.
  • Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals from just 14 shots on target for Manchester United in all competitions.
  • Since his first team debut on February 25th, no Manchester United player has scored as many goals for the club as Marcus Rashford (8).
  • Manchester United has won eight and lost two of their last 11 matches in all competitions (D1).

Route to the final (Manchester United)

Third round: Won 1-0 against Sheffield United at Old Trafford (Rooney, 90)

Fourth round: Won 3-1 against Derby County at iPro Stadium (Rooney 16, Blind 65, Mata 83)

Fifth round: Won 3-0 against Shrewsbury Town at New Meadow (Smalling 37, Mata 45, Lingard 61)

Sixth round: Drew 1-1 against West Ham at Old Trafford (Martial 83)

Sixth round replay: Won 2-1 against West Ham at Upton Park (Rashford 54, Fellaini 67)

Semi-final: Won 2-1 against Everton at Wembley (Fellaini 34, Martial 90)

Route to the final (Crystal Palace)

Third round: Won 2-1 against Southampton at St Mary’s (Ward 29, Zaha 68)

Fourth round: Won 1-0 against Stoke City at Selhurst Park (Zaha 17)

Fifth round: Won 1-0 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane (Kelly 45)

Sixth round: Won 2-0 against Reading at Madejski Stadium (Cabaye 86, Jedinak 89)

Semi-final: Won 2-1 against Watford at Wembley (Bolasie 6, Wickham 61)