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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

20 May 2016

After four weeks of waiting, the day has finally arrived. 26 years after their last appearance, Crystal Palace are back in the FA Cup final where they will face Manchester United once again in a re-run of the 1990 final.

Alan Pardew once again returns to Wembley with the Eagles, hoping to rewrite history and claim a winners' medal having suffered defeat after a replay with Palace, and enduring penalty shootout heartache as his West Ham United side were beaten by Liverpool in the 2006 final at Cardiff.

A first ever piece of major silverware is tantalisingly close for the side from SE25, but United will be looking to claim their record-equalling 12th success in the competition on which is a record-equalling 19th final, having not lifted the trophy since 2004.

It would be the first honour claimed by Louis van Gaal during his stint in England, but for Palace victory would also bring about a maiden European campaign in the Europa League.

Click here to see highlights and match reports on how both sides made it to the final - Palace   United

Relive the five key moments that saw Palace reach the final.


Louis van Gaal: “The expectation is very high. Too high. We are a team in transition, I have tried to explain that.

“We didn’t reach our aim. We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have still the FA Cup final to go. Everyone has to make up his mind at how we have done this season at that time.”

“I think that these are big decisions because everybody wants to play in the final and everybody knows that, but you have to make the decision.

“Also, everybody wants to be in the squad but that is not possible. We have 27 first-team players up for selection and I can only choose 18. Then I have to choose 11, so it is not easy!”


Crystal Palace: Joe Ledley will definitely sit out the game with a fractured fibula sustained in the win against Stoke City a fortnight ago.

Palace's only other doubt is Wilfried Zaha who has missed the past few games but he is expected to make a fully recovery from a slight hamstring injury, but Marouane Chamakh is out with an adductor injury.

Manchester United: Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss out with a knee injury, and while Luke Shaw is back in training following his broken leg he is unlikely to be considered.

Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcus Rojo all missed the the midweek success against Bournemouth but should be OK for selection, but Adnan Januzaj and Timothy Fonsu-Mensah are stuggling to be fit in time.

Meanwhile Marouane Fellaini has served a suspension and is available for selection again.

Man United winsDrawsPalace wins
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League Cup501

Find out more about the numbers that made up the Eagles' run to the FA Cup final.

Who have been Palace's most successful players at Wembley during their careers? Read all the squad's records from under the arch.


As well as the Champions League final next week, Mark Clattenberg will take charge of his first ever FA Cup final on Saturday.

The 41-year-old has been the man in the middle for three of the Eagles' Premier League games this season - the defeats to West Ham United and Aston Villa and the 2-2 draw at Upton Park last month - but he was in charge of the FA Cup fourth round win against Stoke City.

He has also been appointed referee for four Manchester United games in 2015/16 which saw them beat Southampton and Liverpool and draw against Manchester City and West Ham.

To hear more from him, click here.

Referee: M Clattenberg
Assistants: J Brooks and A Halliday
Fourth Official: N Swarbrick


17th May 1990
Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace
FA Cup final replay

Crystal Palace were denied their first ever piece of silverware as Manchester United claimed their first trophy under the management of Alex Ferguson.

Lee Martin scored the only goal of the game after 59 minutes as the Red Devils ran out winners, having been taken to the brink by the Eagles in the original tie five days earlier.

That day Gary O'Reilly had given Steve Coppell's men the lead, before goals from Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes put United in control.

However the introduction of Ian Wright from the bench proved pivitol as he equalised to send the game into extra-time before putting Palace ahead with his second, but Hughes would also complete his brace as Palace came within six minutes of lifting the cup.

Steve Coppell, Nigel Martyn, Ian Wright and Mark Bright look back on the 1990 final.

Where are they now? Find out what the crop of 1990 have been up to since.

Tickets for this game are sold out. However if you don't have one, you can watch the game at Selhurst Park - more details here.

For information on how to get to Wembley Stadium, click here.

10 facts you might not know about Wembley Stadium.

Live commentary of the whole game from Wembley will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

Click here to read more features and stories surrounding Palace's appearance in the FA Cup final.

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