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FA Cup final: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte face striker conundrum

FA Cup final: Mourinho and Conte face striker conundrum
By Reuters

18/05/2018 at 14:48Updated 19/05/2018 at 08:47

Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Here is all you need to know ahead of the showpiece event, with both managers needing to resolving a striking conundrum.


The FA Cup Final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday at 17:15



Manchester United – Injured: None; Doubful: Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku; Suspended: none.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will wait "until the last moment" before deciding whether striker Romelu Lukaku can feature in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea, while Blues manager Antonio Conte has a striking conundrum of his own to solve.

Lukaku, who has netted 27 goals in all competitions in his debut season, has missed United's past three matches after suffering an ankle injury in last month's Premier League victory against Arsenal.

"We have to wait until the last moment," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday.

"I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn’t play and then plays, so with Lukaku we have to wait."

Mourinho confirmed that Anthony Martial is available for selection after a knee injury ruled out the French winger for United's win against Watford on the final day of the season.

United head into the Wembley final after finishing second in the Premier league, their best season in the top flight for five years.


Chelsea - Injured: Daniel Drinkwater; David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ethan Ampadu; Doubtful: none; Suspended: none.

Chelsea are still without long-term absentees Daniel Drinkwater; David Luiz Emerson Palmieri and Ethan Ampadu. However, Blues boss Antonio does have a couple of decision to make.

Olivier Giroud could start ahead of Spain striker Alvaro Morata, whileThibaut Courtois is expected to be given the nod ahead of cup keeper Willy Cabellero.

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Jose Mourinho: "You can analyse the way you want, and I can analyse the way I want. I know what my players did. I know the effort they gave. The positive things, the negative things. I'm not going to change my opinion on one match, not at all."

Antonio Conte: "For sure I think we must be focused on tomorrow's game. For us this game is very important because we have, in a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy. It's always important for the players, for the coach, for the manager, for our fans, for the club, to finish the season with a trophy. "We're focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game tomorrow."