Giggs names five players to watch
Manchester United great and four-time FA Cup winner Ryan Giggs believes Saturday’s final against Chelsea at Wembley will be “won and lost by the special players” in the forward positions.
The Welshman – who has winners’ medals from 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004 – has identified Eden Hazard and Willian as the men to stop from a Blues perspective, while also highlighting Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku as the Reds who can make a difference.
Giggs offered his views on the final while speaking exclusively to us at Dunham Forest Golf Course earlier this week, when he gathered together a reunion of United greats to raise money for charity.
“It is an important day because coming second in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup is a successful season,” Giggsy told MUTV’s Mark Sullivan.
“You always want to end the season with a trophy because it gives you a good feeling over the summer and you can't wait to get back for next year.
“It is important and Manchester United is all about winning trophies. Once you get to cup finals, a club like Manchester United is under pressure to win it. But it won't be easy because Chelsea are in the same boat. Their season will be defined by the result.
“I think it is a 50/50 game because these are two teams with special players who can win it for them in a moment,” Ryan continued.
“There are also two very good managers so it's really 50/50. It's about who turns up on the day. It will define the two clubs' seasons so there is a lot of pressure on the game.
“If you can keep Eden Hazard quiet then I always think you have a great chance against Chelsea. Of course, Willian is a special player as well, so if you can keep both them quiet then you have a chance.
“United have some special players as well. Marcus Rashford scored at the weekend, Alexis Sanchez is coming into form and starting to look good, and we're hoping Romelu Lukaku can make the final. It will be won and lost with the special players. Those forwards can make the difference.”