Manchester United and Chelsea will play the FA Cup final this Saturday in what will be the season’s final game. Nothing but the title will be in dispute, though. The Red Devils already qualified for the UEFA Champions League, and Chelsea booked a place in the UEFA Europa League. But the FA Cup is a very important competition per se. And we can expect both teams to give it all to lift the trophy once everything settles.
And as two of the best teams in England since the turn of the century, these two sides have met several times in the past. But what is the record of Manchester United against Chelsea? It’s always a good time to check on past games to see how these two teams have fared against each other in the past. For this exercise, we will only analyse games from the past 10 years, from the beginning of the 2008-09 season until the end of the current one.
If we focus solely on the Premier League context, we can see these two teams have met 20 times over the past 10 years. The register shows six wins for Manchester United, six draws, and eight wins for Chelsea. While Antonio Conte’s men have the overall edge, United have the edge of late with two wins in the past three matches. In fact, they won the most recent meeting between both clubs. It was on February 25 this year, and The Red Devils won 2-1 thanks to strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard. Willian – who has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford – netted Chelsea’s goal.
Domestic and International Cups
But what has happened on the competitions? Either domestic (FA Cup, Community Shield and League Cup) and international (UEFA Champions League) tournaments, we can see these two sides have met several times as well. And the record shows that once again there is an edge for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
In the FA Cup, Chelsea have won two of three and the remaining fixture ended in a draw. They have played the Community Shield twice, and these games ended with one win for Manchester United and one draw, although Chelsea won in penalties. The Blues also won in the Carabao Cup (5-4 in penalties after a 3-3 draw back in 2012). Last but not least, Manchester United won their lone playoff tie in the UEFA Champions League (quarterfinals in 2011).
To sum up, three wins for Manchester United, one draw, and four wins for Chelsea.
Overall numbers show an edge for Chelsea
If we include all competitions, then United have met with Chelsea 28 times and the record indicates nine wins for Manchester United, seven draws, and 12 wins for Chelsea. Overall, a solid register for Chelsea, but United have enough weapons to get the win. Especially when there’s a title on the line. The team already won the 2017 Carabao Cup, and now they are to make it two years in a row with Cup titles… providing they can get past Chelsea, of course.