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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview

The biggest question that hinges over this tie is whether Louis van Gaal stays or goes after this? A win might just get him another year, or might not. Something tells you that it’s not about winning anymore. United fans want their team playing the kind of football they’ve were used to, until the change of guard in 2013, when Sir Alex Fergusson stepped down.

No disregard to Crystal Palace, but the occasion seems to be so about United. Palace can definitely  topple the table on van Gaal’s hopes, but it might be a little too much to ask of Alan Pardew’s team.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Stats

  1. This is United’s 19th FA Cup final appearance, equalling Arsenal’s record
  2. Manchester United have won 11 FA Cup titles to Crystal Palace’s none.
  3. Crystal Palace have been in an FA Cup final once before – in 1990, against Manchester United. Palace went on to lose that match 1-0.
  4. Those with seats in the Club Wembley section will not be allowed to wear replica shirts; carry scarves, hats, flags and foam hands in club colours; any clothing item with a club brand on it; bags with a club brand on them; face paint indicating an association to one team; badges and lanyards with club brand on them. This has been implemented to ensure safety.
  5. The only Manchester United player to have won the FA Cup is Juan Mata – with Chelsea in 2012. Crystal Palace’s only FA Cup winner is James McArthur – with Wigan in 2013.
  6. If Marcus Rashford scores today, he will become the second youngest goal scorer in an FA Cup final.
  7. The 2 earlier ties between the clubs – the 1990 final & the semi-final in 1995 – needed replays, which United eventually won.
  8. Victory for Palace would mean a first major trohy for the club and European qualification
  9. Louis van Gaal, having won domestic cups in Spain, Netherlands & Germany, is aimimg for his first trophy as United Manager

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