Last updated : 13 May 2007 By Editor


"I think it's the right two teams to be playing at the new Wembley.

"We want to see a Cup final that represents the English game in the right way.

"We've talked about providing three teams in the last four of the Champions' League and it's probably the best League in Europe now. So this is an opportunity for the two teams to give a display that shows that.

"Wednesday's game got a bit feisty in the first half for 10 minutes, after that tackle by the boy [John] Obi Mikel. The referee handled it well, although he could have given Mikel a red card. But the game never got out of control. It will be competitive at Wembley, and I think on the day you'll have two teams ready for a battle.

"If Chelsea have got their best team and we've got our best team, I won't worry one bit at Wembley.

"I worry more about what we will do than what Chelsea are going to do, because we can go there with the confidence of being champions.

"We have got players who can handle any situation, who can win games. We've scored 82 League goals and that says it all.

"Everyone thought last Wednesday night would be the big showdown with Chelsea because it was viewed for weeks as the Premiership decider.

"It didn't turn out like that and so the FA Cup Final becomes even more interesting. I have been able to rest players and so has Jose and I think next week at Wembley you will see both sides ready for a battle.

"Winning the FA Cup is a special event at any time. There is only one way to enjoy Wembley - by winning - and we go there with a real condfidence after winning the League: It's important, given it's the first FA Cup Final at the new Wembley, that both teams grace the occasion by producing a great game.

"We want to see a Cup Final that represents everything that's good in the English game.

"We all talk about the improvement in the English game and the fact that three Premiership teams reached the semi-finals of the Champions League as evidence that it's the best League. So it's an opportunity to give a display that befits the occasion. Both teams have a duty to do that."

About Neville and Saha's injuries:

"Gary has done some light running this week and a bit more aggressive work this morning," revealed Ferguson on Friday.

"But obviously, he is up against it as far as the FA Cup final is concerned.

"We will give him every chance because he deserved it. But he will have to do some serious work next week and unfortunately I have my doubts whether he will make it.

"Louis was pencilled in to play against City but unfortunately, he picked up a problem in his knee and he was still feeling it on Saturday morning."


"I played Chelsea in my first FA Cup final and won 4-0. That was a totally different Chelsea, though, not the team full of stars that has been so successful and consistent for the last few years. We've been consistent this season and that gives us a lot of satisfaction. We've felt we were good enough in the past two or three years, but we weren't always consistent and that's what you need to be to win titles. FA Cup finals, I don't know. I hope it's 4-0 again but somehow I don't think it will be."

John Terry:

"I'd love to be lifting that Premiership trophy on Sunday - it's not going to be right, there's going to be something missing.

"It's important to reassert Chelsea's dominance next week. I think it will be vital. The last game of the season, we go off on our holidays having won the FA Cup and enjoy it. Man United will maybe have the feeling we had after losing the Premiership."

Former Chelsea player Craig Burley:

When we got out on to the pitch at Wembley, an hour and a half before kick-off, every nerve in my body was firing. Then I looked over and saw the United players. Schmeichel, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister, two centre-backs who were unbeat-able in the air. Paul Ince and Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, a player who gave them something new and unpredictable, Mark Hughes, who would join Chelsea under Hoddle, as fierce a competitor as I have known. They had seen it all before. It wasn't intimidation, it was a reminder of who you were playing. But we had held out against them twice that season and we were a better team now.

Hoddle stuck to what had worked well for us. A back four, the diamond in the middle, Eddie Newton holding and Peacock off the two midgets, John Spencer and Stein, up front. My job was to get on the end of diagonals aimed over Denis Irwin.

Denis had this brilliant knack of nudging you just before you jumped. I was not bad in the air and relished a run on the full-back. Sir Alex Ferguson had obviously seen this and every time I came up on Denis, the little sod bumped me. I never won a header.

After Peacock hit the bar we went in at 0-0. We knew we were restricted by the threat they posed. One mistake would cost us. It came when Newton dived in on Irwin, who had driven into the box. Cantona, collar up, chest out, passed the penalty into the bottom right and we were in foreign territory. We were behind to United. Fergie had built a team with incredible pace in wide areas. Ryan Giggs was at his quickest and Andrei Kanchelskis was like a hare on the right. He got sprung soon after and referee David Elleray did us no favours by deciding Frank Sinclair had nudged the winger in the box.

Cantona gave it the action replay with the penalty and you knew it was all over.

It certainly was for me - Hoddle replaced me for his cameo and Hughes put it beyond doubt before I had sat down. I saw Brian McClair finish us off from the bench - 4-0, but nothing to be ashamed of. Fergie's Double-winning team was the finished article and we couldn't touch them.

David James, on losing with Liverpool to Eric's late goal:

"Losing that FA Cup final, against Manchester United in 1996, when I was at Liverpool, was the most profoundly depressing experience I have ever had. When I came off the field I remember being in shock. We had been expected to win . A whole summer stretched before us with nothing to look forward to. At least when you lose a game in the league there's another one along in a week -you can re focus. I spent that summer with my head up my arse. I couldn't accept it was only a game. All I could think was, 'Why didn't I?', 'Why didn't we?'"