The storied FA Cup Final, always one of the biggest events in the English football season, pits Manchester United against Crystal Palace on Saturday, in a match that will stream live as both teams fight to end what have been disappointing campaigns for both on a high note, by taking home silverware from the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.
The Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace showdown will be the 141st FA Cup Final since the tournament was first contested in 1872, missing several years during World War I and World War II. Manchester United has won the FA Cup 11 times.
What has Alan Pardew learnt from previous appearances in the FA Cup Final?
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 19, 2016
But Crystal Palace have never won the FA Cup, and have reached the final only once in the team’s 111-year history. That lone appearance came in 1990 when Palace faced none other than Manchester United, losing to United in a replay after the first match was drawn 3-3.
The respective histories of the two clubs in the FA Cup puts the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Manchester United and its embattled manager, Louis Van Gaal — at least according to Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.
“I think the pressure is on them all the time because it’s Manchester United. It’s a historical club, they have their famous colors and the history, the iconic names that you would associate with Manchester United that we haven’t got — George Best, Bobby Charlton,” Pardew said this week. “We don’t have them associated with our football club, your Alex Fergusons, so it’s a different history that they take into the game.”
Watch a preview of the FA Cup final, from the perspective of the Manchester United fans, in the following video by The United Stand.
To watch a live stream of the Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace FA Cup Final, try the video below, or see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. British Summer Time at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Saturday, May 21. For fans in the United States, the live stream gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific.
Since the departure of legendary Manager Alex Ferguson, who led Manchester United to five FA Cup Final victories as well as 13 league championships, Manchester United has not brought home a trophy from any competition.
— Northern Loudmouth (@Mike_Loudmouth) May 19, 2016
United finished in fifth place on the Barclays Premier League table, earning the team a spot in the UEFA Europa League, but keeping United out of the Champions League, Europe’s elite club competition. The season was considered a letdown by Manchester United Fans, who now would be happy to see Van Gaal depart from Old Trafford.
Pardew has also presided over a season of letdown for Crystal Palace, who, despite some early successes in the 2015-2016 season, finished in 15th place, avoiding relegation by just five points.
Man United Training Ahead Of The FA Cup Finalhttps://t.co/8y76LMgcQ0
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But United have not won the FA Cup since 2004, making the Saturday Final as important for the traditional English powerhouse as it will be for Crystal Palace.
“For Manchester United it is a big title, especially now as it was a long time ago,” Van Gaal said. “The FA Cup is a big title here in England and we are playing in the most prestigious temple of England (i.e. Wembley), so everything confirms how important this cup is.”
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Watch a live stream of the 141st FA Cup Final, Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace, from Wembley Stadium in London, England, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones. But Fox Sports Go can also stream live via the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch Manchester United’s quest for a first trophy since the departure of legendary manager Alex Ferguson, as they attempt to prevent Crystal Palace from claiming their first-ever FA Cup, in a live stream on their TV sets.
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