Man United Battle Palace In FA Cup Final

The echoes of the last FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace 26 years ago reverberate loud and clear around Saturday’s rematch.

This is only the second time Crystal Palace have reached the final and on both occasions Manchester United have been the opponents, while Alan Pardew has been a key component of both Palace sides – as a player in 1990, and now the manager.

The first time around, Palace faced a Manchester United side led by an under-pressure Alex Ferguson in need of his first piece of silverware. The second instalment sees Louis van Gaal in a similar scenario although, unlike Ferguson, lifting the trophy may not be enough to save his job – he is odds on to be replaced.

That initial triumph under Ferguson was the first of five FA Cup wins for United in 15 seasons, and victory this weekend would be their 12th overall, moving them level with Arsenal at the top of the all-time list.

It has been 38 years since there were first-time champions in both the top flight of English football (Nottingham Forest) and the FA Cup (Ipswich), but after a season when Leicester have already upset the apple cart, who would bet against Palace following suit and winning a major trophy for the first time in their 110-year history?

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