2018 FA Cup Final

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2018 FA Cup Final
2018 FA Cup Final programme.png
The match programme cover
Event2017–18 FA Cup
Date19 May 2018 (2018-05-19)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchAntonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)[1]
RefereeMichael Oliver (Northumberland)[2]
Weather21 °C (70 °F)

The 2018 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 2017–18 FA Cup and the 137th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England[3] on 19 May 2018 between Manchester United and Chelsea. It was the second successive final for Chelsea following their defeat by Arsenal the previous year.

As winners, Chelsea qualified for the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, although they had qualified for that phase already via their league position.[4][5] Chelsea also earned the right to play 2017–18 Premier League champions Manchester City for the 2018 FA Community Shield.

The teams had met twice before in the FA Cup Final, winning one each between them. The first was in 1994, which Manchester United won 4–0, and most recently in 2007, when Chelsea – then managed by the incumbent Manchester United boss José Mourinho – won 1–0 after extra time.

On 24 April 2018, it was announced that Michael Oliver would officiate the match. It was notable for being the first Final to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.[6] As President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge would normally attend the final, presenting the trophy to the winning captain at the conclusion of the game. In 2018 however, the final was scheduled for the same day as his brother's wedding, for which he was serving as best man.[7] It was announced on 15 May 2018 that the trophy would be presented by Jackie Wilkins, the widow of former Manchester United and Chelsea player Ray Wilkins, who died in April 2018.[8]

Route to the final


In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Round Opposition Score
Norwich City (A)
Norwich City (H)
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
4th Newcastle United (H) 3–0
5th Hull City (H) 4–0
QF Leicester City (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.)
SF Southampton (N) 2–0
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Chelsea as a Premier League team entered in the third round of the FA Cup against Championship club Norwich City on 7 January at Carrow Road, which ended with a 0–0 draw. The replay was held 11 days later and was a 1–1 draw with goals from Michy Batshuayi in the 55th minute and Jamal Lewis in the 90th minute, going to extra time and then a penalty shootout that Chelsea won 5–3.[9] In the fourth round, they met Premier League opposition Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, and won 3–0 with two goals from Batshuayi and a one from Marcos Alonso.[10] In the fifth round, Chelsea faced another Championship team, Hull City, and won 4–0 with Willian (2), Pedro and Olivier Giroud scoring.[11] In the quarter-finals, they visited the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City, where a goal for Chelsea from Álvaro Morata and a Leicester equaliser from Jamie Vardy took the game to extra time, in which substitute Pedro came off the bench and scored the winning goal to take Chelsea to the semi-finals at Wembley to face Southampton.[11] In that match, goals from both strikers Giroud and Morata were enough to see off Southampton 2–0 to bring Chelsea back to the FA Cup Final for the second successive season. Chelsea are seeking their eighth FA Cup triumph.[12]

Manchester United

In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Round Opposition Score
3rd Derby County (H) 2–0
4th Yeovil Town (A) 4–0
5th Huddersfield Town (A) 2–0
QF Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 2–0
SF Tottenham Hotspur (N)[a] 2–1
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Manchester United, also of the Premier League, entered in the third round and were drawn at home against Championship side Derby County and won 2–0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku.[13] In the next round, they were drawn against League Two club Yeovil Town at Huish Park and won 4–0 with goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Lukaku.[14] In the fifth round, Manchester United were drawn with fellow Premier League side Huddersfield Town away at Kirklees Stadium, and Lukaku scored both goals in a 2–0 win.[15] In the quarter-finals, they played Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, and progressed due to goals by Lukaku and Nemanja Matić.[16] In the semi-final at Wembley Stadium against Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United reached their 20th final after coming from behind to win 2–1 with goals from Alexis Sánchez and Herrera.[17] Manchester United were looking to match Arsenal's record of 13 FA Cup wins.[18]


Match ball

The ball for the match was an FA Cup-branded variant of the Nike Ordem V. The ball featured the names of 137 players who had scored goals during the 2017–18 FA Cup season, in every round from the Extra Preliminary Round through to the Semi-Finals.[19]

Opening ceremony

Tributes for former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins, who died on 4 April, were held before the match on the hoardings and the screens in the stadium, as well as a feature in the match programme.[20] Wilkins won the FA Cup with both sides, scoring for United in the initial 1983 FA Cup Final tie, and winning it three times as assistant manager of Chelsea – in 2000, 2009 and 2010.[21] The traditional performance of the hymn, "Abide with Me" was performed by the choir of the Royal Air Force and 14 individual fans of 14 different clubs with a flypast by three RAF Typhoons.[22] The national anthem, "God Save the Queen", was performed by soprano Emily Haig who also performed it at the 2018 FA Women's Cup Final.[23]

Match officials

The referee for the match was 33-year-old Michael Oliver from Northumberland. He previously officiated when these two sides met in the previous season's quarter-final, in which he sent off Manchester United's Ander Herrera. His assistants were Ian Hussin from Liverpool and Lee Betts from Norfolk. The fourth official was Lee Mason of Lancashire, and the fifth official was Constantine Hatzidakis from Kent. For the first time in the final, there was a Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Neil Swarbrick of Lancashire. His assistant was Mick McDonough, also of Northumberland.[2]



The game during the second half

After 21 minutes, Chelsea's Eden Hazard entered Manchester United's penalty area, where he was fouled by their defender Phil Jones with a sliding tackle. Hazard took the penalty kick himself, sending it low to the right past United goalkeeper David de Gea for the only goal of the game.[24]

In the second half, Manchester United had more opportunities, forcing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make saves. Alexis Sánchez had a potential equaliser ruled out for offside after VAR confirmed the decision was correct and Paul Pogba missed a header late into the match.[24]

It was the first time that José Mourinho lost a cup final in charge of an English team, at the seventh attempt, and the first domestic cup won by Antonio Conte, who lost the 2012 Coppa Italia Final with Juventus and the 2017 FA Cup Final for Chelsea.[24]

BBC Sport correspondent Phil McNulty highlighted the performance of the Chelsea players Hazard, Courtois, N'Golo Kanté, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rüdiger, while criticising United trio Jones, Sánchez and Pogba.[24]


Chelsea1–0Manchester United
Hazard Goal 22' (pen.) Report
Manchester United
GK 13 Belgium Thibaut Courtois Yellow card 90+3'
CB 28 Spain César Azpilicueta
CB 24 England Gary Cahill (c)
CB 2 Germany Antonio Rüdiger
RM 15 Nigeria Victor Moses
CM 14 France Tiémoué Bakayoko
CM 7 France N'Golo Kanté
CM 4 Spain Cesc Fàbregas
LM 3 Spain Marcos Alonso
CF 10 Belgium Eden Hazard Substituted off 90+1'
CF 18 France Olivier Giroud Substituted off 89'
GK 1 Argentina Willy Caballero
DF 21 Italy Davide Zappacosta
DF 50 England Trevoh Chalobah
MF 8 England Ross Barkley
MF 11 Spain Pedro
MF 22 Brazil Willian Substituted in 90+1'
FW 9 Spain Álvaro Morata Substituted in 89'
Italy Antonio Conte
Chelsea vs Man Utd 2018-05-19.svg
GK 1 Spain David de Gea
RB 25 Ecuador Antonio Valencia (c) Yellow card 58'
CB 12 England Chris Smalling
CB 4 England Phil Jones Yellow card 21' Substituted off 87'
LB 18 England Ashley Young
CM 21 Spain Ander Herrera
CM 31 Serbia Nemanja Matić
CM 6 France Paul Pogba
RF 14 England Jesse Lingard Substituted off 73'
CF 19 England Marcus Rashford Substituted off 73'
LF 7 Chile Alexis Sánchez
GK 20 Argentina Sergio Romero
DF 3 Ivory Coast Eric Bailly
DF 36 Italy Matteo Darmian
MF 8 Spain Juan Mata Substituted in 87'
MF 39 Scotland Scott McTominay
FW 9 Belgium Romelu Lukaku Substituted in 73'
FW 11 France Anthony Martial Substituted in 73'
Portugal José Mourinho

Man of the Match:
Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)[1]

Assistant referees:[2]
Ian Hussin (Liverpool)
Lee Betts (Norfolk)
Fourth official:[2]
Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Fifth official:[2]
Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent)
Video assistant referee:[2]
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Assistant video assistant referee:[2]
Mick McDonough (Northumberland)

Match rules[25]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.


  1. ^ Although Tottenham Hotspur played their home games at Wembley in 2017–18, it was designated as a neutral venue for the semi-final.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Cup Final referee Michael Oliver humbled by wave of support". The Football Association. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The website for the English football association, the Emirates FA Cup and the England football team". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "UEFA" (pdf). Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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  6. ^ "Kick-off time and match officials confirmed for Emirates FA Cup Final". The Football Association. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ Ship, Chris (27 March 2018). "Prince William will miss the FA Cup final to attend Harry and Meghan's wedding". ITV News. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "FA Cup final: Ray Wilkins' widow to present trophy to winners". BBC Sport. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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  10. ^ Mullen, Andrew (28 January 2018). "Chelsea 3–0 Newcastle United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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  13. ^ "Manchester United 2–0 Derby County". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town 0–4 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Huddersfield Town 0–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Manchester United 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion". BBC Sport. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Manchester United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  18. ^ Moallim, Mohamed (21 April 2018). "Jose Mourinho says he has "too many critics"? as Man Utd equal another English football record". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Matchball for 137th FA Cup Final to feature names of 137 goalscorers". The Football Association. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  20. ^ Stone, Simon (2 May 2018). "FA Cup: Ray Wilkins' family invited to final between Chelsea & Man Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
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  22. ^ "Fan choir to sing Abide With Me before Chelsea vs Manchester United". Evening Standard. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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  25. ^ "Rules of the FA Challenge Cup competition" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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