With world class talent on both sides, it promises to be a closely fought encounter. Here are four key battles that could decide Saturday’s Wembley showpiece:
4. Eden Hazard vs. Antonio Valencia
Despite a disappointing season for his club overall, Eden Hazard has emerged largely unscathed, showing flashes of his potentially world class talent which has led to rumours he could swap west London for the Bernabeu this summer.
Before that, he must get past Antonio Valencia, whose brilliant form this season has made him one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted players. If the Belgian can evade the Ecuadorian, it could be a long afternoon for the United defence.
3. Alexis Sanchez vs. Victor Moses
With the Chilean finally showing signs of his best form after a slow start since his January move from Arsenal, he will be one of the Red Devils’ key attacking threats if they are to be celebrating at full time.
Having been man of the match in the semi final against Spurs, Sanchez is a proven big game player and will be invaluable on Saturday, having scored at Wembley last year in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over the Blues. Victor Moses, sent off in last year’s final, will be tasked with stopping him and should provide a fierce matchup.
2. Olivier Giroud vs. Chris Smalling
Olivier Giroud has hit good form towards the end of the season and may be preferred to the inconsistent Alvaro Morata to start in Saturday’s final. The Frenchman won three FA Cups in four years with the Gunners and has a good record at Wembley, having opened the scoring in this year’s semi final.
Chris Smalling will be disappointed to have been left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad this week, but will be itching to end the season on a high by helping his team lift the FA Cup
1. Paul Pogba vs N’Golo Kante