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Chelsea v Manchester United: Live stream FA Cup final online or watch on TV with BT Sport

Chelsea v Man Utd live stream, TV channel and highlights information, plus an in-depth preview, key statistics, odds and more ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final - and why BT Sport is the best place to watch all the action from Wembley.

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Chelsea v Manchester United: Match preview

The tension will be palpable at Wembley on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns in a huge FA Cup final that is arguably season-defining for both teams.

If trophies are a reliable barometer of success for a top club, then nothing short of victory will suffice for either after Manchester City hoovered up the other two pieces of domestic silverware on offer this campaign.

Chelsea’s need is undoubtedly greater following their troubled Premier League title defence.

The Blues eventually finished a disappointing fifth, 11 points adrift of runners-up United, having officially surrendered their top-four hopes in last Sunday’s limp 3-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Boss Antonio Conte will have been alarmed at the anodyne manner of the reverse at St James’ Park as he prepares for what many critics believe will be his last game in charge of the club.

The Italian has cut a forlorn figure for most of the season, brooding over last summer’s failure to land the signings he had identified to help build on the incredible success of his debut campaign.

It remains unclear whether getting his hands on the trophy that eluded him 12 months ago, when Arsenal denied Chelsea a glorious double, would be enough to tempt him to stay on.

Yet it also remains unclear whether the club’s hierarchy intend to stomach Conte’s abrasiveness for much longer, with the likes of Luis Enrique, Maurizio Sarri and even Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino being linked with his job.

"My commitment for the club has always been the same," he said.

"Maybe this season we even worked harder than last season. Last season I ... ‘we’ were heroes for Chelsea’s fans. Now our status, mine and the players, has changed? I don’t know.

"In my soul and my heart, I’m always a hero because I gave 120% to solve the problems.”

Perhaps the prospect of a high-stakes clash with nemesis Jose Mourinho will be enough to spark the ‘old’ Conte – all arms and legs in a furious blur on the sidelines – back into life.

The duo have recently cooled a war of words that began after Chelsea's 4-0 win over United last season, when Mourinho criticised his opposite number for perceived over-celebration.

It got uncomfortably personal in January when Conte accused "little man" Mourinho of having “demenzia senile”, which translates from Italian as senile dementia.

Mourinho had earlier claimed he did not need to behave like a “clown” on the touchine - a thinly veiled swipe at Conte that was also probably intended for Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

So while it will inevitably be combustible on the hallowed Wembley turf, a rash tackle here or a controversial penalty decision there could trigger a similarly explosive clash in the technical areas.

Mourinho responded to the "demenzia senile" comment by referring to Conte's match-fixing suspension at former club Siena - one he was later acquitted of.

How does he see their relationship ahead of this latest seismic showdown?

"It's okay. It's okay," said Mourinho.

"He stretched out [to shake hands], I stretched out. We got bored.

"After the game in Manchester, I invited him to come to my office. We talked. Nothing's wrong.

"If it is his last match or if it isn't his last match I don't think it will change at all his approach to the game and his desire to make it through and his desire to win."

Mourinho has also downplayed the importance of the final in assessing United’s season, insisting second place to a rampant City already represents tangible progress from his first year at the helm.

The former Chelsea boss is fooling no-one - he is well aware of how much is riding on this game for him.

A man who has lifted 25 trophies in 18 years in management will be desperate to add to his (relatively modest) personal tally of one FA Cup - won, ironically, against Manchester United for Chelsea in the inaugural new Wembley final in 2007.

Getting one over on his old club.and basking in the acclaim of moving United back alongside Arsenal as record 13-time FA winners would represent the icing on the cake.

The Reds understandably go in as favourites considering their Premier League superiority over Chelsea and the nature of their impressive 2-1 ‘away’ semi-final win over Spurs at Wembley.

Mourinho’s enviable record of 12 wins from 14 major career finals – including two out of two last season and all six to date in England – provides further cause for United optimism.

Conte, meanwhile, can draw on the three victories he has collected from his last five meetings with the Portuguese.

Could he conjure a fourth to end a fractious campaign – and possibly his own tenure – on a high note?

Chelsea v Manchester United: Team news

Conte would only reveal that left wing-back Emerson is unavailable through injury, joining a list that already includes Danny Drinkwater, Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz.

Mourinho has a huge call to make over Romelu Lukaku, who has not played since injuring his ankle during the 2-1 win over Arsenal last month.

The Portuguese revealed he would wait until the last minute before deciding whether to unleash the Belgium hitman on his former club.

However, there was better news over Anthony Martial, who is fit to return after a knee problem.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Head to head

United have the historical edge in the rivalry, with 77 wins in all competitions to Chelsea's 53, alongside 49 draws.

The Blues have lost just two of the last 15 encounters, but both those defeats came in the past three games.

Previous five meetings:

Date Competition Result Scorers
25/02/18 Premier League Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea Lukaku, Lingard; Willian
05/11/17 Premier League Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd Morata
16/04/17 Premier League Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea Rashford, Herrera
13/03/17 FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd Kante
23/10/16 Premier League Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd Pedro, Cahill, Hazard, Kante


Chelsea v Manchester United: Key statistics

This will be Manchester United’s 20th FA Cup final – a joint-record with Arsenal

This is Chelsea’s 13th appearance in the showpiece – they could become the first team to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Newcastle in 1998 and 1999.

In all FA Cup meetings, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four against Man Utd (W3 D1), since a 2-0 loss in a quarter-final replay in 1998-99.

In all competitions, Man Utd have won two of their last three meetings with Chelsea (L1), more than they had in their previous 14 against the Blues (W1 D6 L7).

This will be the eighth meeting between these sides at Wembley Stadium, the most played fixture at the ground in all competitions.

Both sides have won two games apiece, with three matches going to penalty shootouts (2 wins for Man Utd, 1 for Chelsea).

The Red Devils haven’t conceded more than a single goal in any of their last 16 FA Cup matches, keeping eight clean sheets in that time.

Jose Mourinho – winner with Chelsea in 2007 – could become only the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs, after Herbert Chapman (Huddersfield and Arsenal) and Billy Walker (Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest).

Antonio Conte could become the first manager to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Howard Kendall in 1985 and 1986.

Conte has lost both of his previous domestic cup finals as manager, with Juventus vs Napoli in the 2012 Coppa Italia, and the 2017 FA Cup with Chelsea against Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez scored in last season’s final with Arsenal, and could become the first player to score in consecutive cup finals with different clubs.

Sanchez also scored in the 2015 final, with Olivier Giroud also netting that game. Only two players have scored for different sides in post-war FA Cup finals – Frank Stapleton (Arsenal and Man Utd) and Ian Wright (Crystal Palace and Arsenal).

Sanchez has scored eight goals in his eight games at Wembley Stadium for club and country, including six in five FA Cup appearances at the ground.

Giroud has been directly involved in 22 goals in his 26 FA Cup appearances (15 goals, 7 assists), more than any other player in the competition since his debut.

The Frenchman has either scored or assisted a goal in all three of his FA Cup final appearances – he assisted the winning goals in both the 2014 and 2017 finals, and scored as a late substitute in 2015.

Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 goals in his last 12 FA Cup appearances, including five in five for Manchester United.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Match odds

Chelsea: 19/10
Draw: 11/5
Manchester United: 17/10

Chelsea to lift trophy: Evens
Manchester United to lift trophy: 5/6

All odds correct with bet365 at time of writing

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