2018 FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs Manchester United
Date 19 May 2018. Venue Wembley Stadium, London
The 2018 FA Cup Final will be the final match of the 2017–18 FA Cup and the 137th final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest football cup competition. It will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England and will be played between Manchester United and Chelsea.
The game will be notable for being the first Final to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system – which has been controversial since it’s launch to say the least!
This final will be the second successive final for Chelsea following their defeat by Arsenal last year. It is also a repeat of the 1994 FA Cup Final and the first final at the post-renovation Wembley, which Chelsea won in 2007. If Chelsea win, they will qualify for the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, as Manchester United have already qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League via their league position. The winner will also earn the right to play 2017–18 Premier League champions Manchester City for the 2018 FA Community Shield.
The teams have met twice before in the FA Cup Final, winning one each between them. The first was in 1994, which Manchester United won 4–0, and the most recent was in 2007, which Chelsea — then managed by current Manchester United boss José Mourinho — won 1–0 after extra time.
As President of the Football Association, the Duke of Cambridge would normally attend the final, presenting the trophy to the winning captain at the conclusion of the game. In 2018 however, the final was scheduled for the same day as the wedding of the Duke’s brother, for which the Duke was serving as Best Man. The trophy would be presented by Jackie Wilkins, the widow of former Manchester United and Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, who died in April 2018.