Here, Press Association Sport looks at the three previous meetings.
1994 FA Cup final (May 14, Wembley)
Chelsea 0 Man Utd 4
United had finished eight points clear of Blackburn to lift a second successive Premier League title and were aiming to become the fourth team of the 20th century to complete a double.
Chelsea were rebuilding under player-manager Glenn Hoddle, having finished 14th in the league, and were big underdogs in the club’s first final for 24 years. But Chelsea had the better of the first half and Gavin Peacock struck the crossbar.
United, however, took over with three goals in nine second-half minutes as Eric Cantona converted two penalties and Mark Hughes added a third. Brian McClair wrapped up victory in stoppage time as manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated United’s first double.
2007 FA Cup final (May 19, Wembley)
Chelsea 1 Man Utd 0 aet
United were seeking a fourth domestic double under Ferguson after finishing six points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League. Chelsea had also won silverware that season with Jose Mourinho’s side having lifted the League Cup in February.
It was the first FA Cup final to be played at the new rebuilt Wembley and the crowd of 89,826 was the biggest for the fixture since 1988. But what had been a highly-anticipated contest turned into something of a damp squib.
The first Wembley shoot-out was only four minutes away when Didier Drogba played a one-two with Frank Lampard and prodded past the onrushing Edwin van der Sar.
2008 Champions League final (May 21, Moscow)
Chelsea 1 Man Utd 1 (Man Utd won 6-5 on pens)
United – and Van der Sar – avenged their FA Cup defeat of a year earlier in memorable fashion. The first all-English final in Europe’s premier club competition was played at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium and did not finish until it had gone 1am local time.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave United the lead with a 26th-minute far-post header but Lampard equalised on the stroke of half-time. Chelsea struck the frame of the goal twice but the game went to penalties after Drogba had been sent off with four minutes of extra time remaining.
Chelsea captain John Terry missed the chance to win it when he lost his footing and struck the post, and Van der Sar eventually proved the hero when he saved Nicolas Anelka’s attempt as United triumphed 6-5 on spot-kicks and secured their third European Cup.
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The 34-year-old, who won 102 caps for Holland, returned to his first professional club in January following a 14-year absence.
Van Persie scored five goals in 12 Eredivisie games on his return and has now agreed to prolong his stay.
A statement on Feyenoord’s official website read: “Robin van Persie has agreed to add one more season to his playing career at De Kuip.
“The club recently made it known through technical director Martin van Geel, head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst and others that Feyenoord wanted to keep hold of the striker.
“The 34-year-old has now said that he would like to play for one more season.”
Here, we preview the match in numbers.
12 – United have won the cup a dozen times. They have the chance to draw level again with Arsenal’s record tally, just a year after the Gunners edged ahead on 13.
7 – Chelsea share fourth place in the list with Liverpool and Aston Villa. An eighth win would take them joint third with Tottenham.
9 – nine of the 11 finals since the showpiece returned to Wembley have been won by either Chelsea (four), Arsenal (three), United or Manchester City. The two exceptions, Portsmouth and Wigan, both played in League One this season.
1 – the managers in this year’s final, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, have just one win between them – current United boss Mourinho leading Chelsea to the trophy in 2007.
7 – Wigan’s Will Grigg is the leading scorer in this season’s competition. United striker Romelu Lukaku lies two behind but is an injury doubt for the final.
£1.8million – prize money awaiting the winners, double that of the beaten finalists.
737 – teams who entered this season’s competition, with the first ties played on November 3 last year.
58 – United’s streak of 58 successive televised FA Cup ties, stretching back 12 years, ended when they were overlooked in the third round.
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