Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United’s recent experience of winning cup finals gives them the edge over Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s men claimed the Community Shield at Wembley last year, along with winning the League Cup against Southampton and ending the season as Europa League winners following a 2-0 win over Ajax.
They will go into the game as favourites against a Chelsea side whose manager Antonio Conte has never won a cup final.
And Ferdinand, speaking ahead of the game, has backed Mourinho to deliver once again at Wembley.
“The experience of last year’s Manchester United team in winning two cup finals will put them in a good place,” he said.
This has been a difficult season at times. Monitoring the site’s social media over the past few months, the one thing which has stood out is the number of people who claim to no longer feel that same anticipation – that buzzing feeling in your gut – for games anymore, such is the nature of Mourinho’s football.
And you can’t blame them. But history dictates that it is games like these ones, where all eyes are on just the 90 minutes and those 90 minutes alone, where Mourinho makes perfect sense as a United manager, where he comes alive. 14 finals, 12 wins. This is the Portuguese’s natural habitat. Supporters will go into the summer and England’s inevitable group stage exit at the World Cup feeling a lot more content if their manager can pull it off again.