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United V Chelsea in the FA Cup

March 8, 2013

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Manchester United meet Chelsea on Sunday at Old Trafford. This is the 11th time in the history of the FA Cup they’ll have met. The Red Devils have enjoyed more success with 7 wins as opposed to Chelsea’s three. They have drawn on one occasion.

Six of the 11 games have taken place in the last twenty years including the final on 2 occasions (1994, 2007) which they share with one win each.

The first time the pair met was in 1908 at United’s then home ground Bank Street. A goal from Sandy Turnball was enough for the hosts to win this second round tie.

It would be another 42 years before the clubs were drawn together again. Chelsea were at home for this quarter final meeting and the Londoners got revenge for the first encounter as goals from Roy Bentley and Bobby Campbell saw then run out 2-0 winners.

The next coming together was in 1963 in the 5th round at Old Trafford. A tight game saw United progress 2-1 with goals from Albert Quixall and Denis Law before eventually going on to win the cup that season.

1979 in the 3rd round saw United once more claim victory at home with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Coppell, Greenhoff and Grimes.

The 1988 4th round match saw United continue their run of wins with a 2-0 victory in Old Trafford over their southern rivals thanks to goals from Norman Whiteside and Brian McClair.

The two sides met for the first time in the Final in 1994. United completing their first domestic double beat Chelsea 4-0 thanks to a pair of penalties from Eric Cantona and goals from Hughes and McClair.

Two years later in 1996 this time in the semi final at Villa Park 2 second half goals from David Beckham and Andrew Cole saw United progress to complete their second domestic double.

In the 3rd round of the 1998 competition both names were pulled out of the hat together again. A Stamford Bridge crowd of 34,000 witnessed the most extraordinary and highest scoring cup tie between the sides. United went 5-0 up with 15 minutes to go only for Chelsea to pull back 3 before the end to leave it 5-3 to the visitors.

They wouldn’t have long to wait before meeting again as the following seasons quarter final draw saw them paired again. Honours ended even in a scoreless draw in Old Trafford before a Dwight Yorke brace decided matters in Stamford Brigde. The replay was played as this weekend’s game is on March 10th.

However, their last encounter would see victory for the London Club. In the first final in the new Wembley an extra time goal from Didier Drogba was enough for Chelsea to lift the cup.

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