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Summary

  1. FA Cup final news conferences
  2. Manchester United & Chelsea (12:30 & 13:15 BST)
  3. Get involved via #bbcfootball or text 81111

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining me today.

You can stay across all the other breaking football news this afternoon in the usual place here.

I'll leave you with three stories that got you talking today.

Bye.

Truce with Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte
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The Chelsea manager Antonio Conte finished off with a few words about his opposite number Jose Mourinho.

The pair seem to have called a truce on a lengthy feud that started last season

"This is not important, what happened (in the past)," Conte said.

"There is a relationship between me and him (Mourinho). Tomorrow I will shake his hand and both of us will think of the game."

Motty's special night

John Motson explains his decision to hang up his microphone with the BBC

Aside from the big game let's not forget that this weekend also plays host to a special night of BBC shows paying tribute to John Motson, on BBC Two, 19 May (20:30 BST).

After 50 years in the commentary box, Motty as he is popularly known, waved goodbye to Match of the Day on the final day of Premier League season.

You can read more of the great man reflecting on a memorable career here.

'Prepared for Lukaku or Rashford'

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Marcus Rashford
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Now have Chelsea been preparing to face Romelu Lukaku or are they confident that the big Belgian forward will not be fit enough to take part for Manchester United.

His inclusion will have little bearing to Chelsea's approach, according to manager Antonio Conte.

"We're talking about an important player but Manchester United have the possibility to pick many important players," Conte said.

"I don't know what is the decision tomorrow. But for sure if Lukaku doesn't play there are great players to play instead of him.

"You don't change your plan or prepare your plan only for one player. If Lukaku is not playing it means they have another important striker. (Marcus) Rashford, for example, could play."

'It will be tactical'

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Willian, Chelsea, Nemanja Matic, Manchester United
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Did Antonio Conte listen to Jose Mourinho before doing his press conference?

Regardless of whether he did or not, it seems that they are both on the same page when it comes down to entertainment and how the game will flow.

Conte says, "it will be tactical but the most important thing is to win."

Well that bodes well. One for the purists or maybe not?

Emerson out for Chelsea

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Antonio Conte
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So what news from the Chelsea camp about the actual game. Manager Antonio Conte doesn't fancy providing early team news - laughing at the suggestion he could reveal his starting line-up.

The only slight bit of news is that Emerson Palmieri remains out but other than that it looks as though he has a full deck to play with.

"We have the possibility to win another trophy and it will be a great achievement for the players, fans and club if we can secure the FA Cup," he said.

Conte's last game at Chelsea

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Another straight bat from Antonio Conte who has fielded the usual question about his Chelsea future. The Blues manager says he has a contract and is committed to the club.

"I can tell for sure this will be my last match this season," he said.

"For me and my players it will be the last game, for us. Then, as you know very well, I have a contract and I'm committed to the club."

Afternoon session

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Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United have a training session at Watford's training ground at Colney this afternoon.

If it hasn't already, a final decision will be taken on Romelu Lukaku's fitness after that, although the assumption is that the Belgian will play.

Mourinho seemed in quite a relaxed mood as he spoke to the media, even joking with journalists as he headed back into the hotel.

He probably won't be quite so calm this time tomorrow, when it will be four hours to kick off.

Lukaku update

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Before we get to the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, BBC Sport's Simon Stone has a further update on Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku....

FA Cup lost prestige?

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And here's the Manchester United boss finishing his press conference with a question about the FA Cup losing a bit of its sparkle in recent years.

"Lost prestige, I never felt that," he said.

"I have friends in all the corners of the world and have never felt that. I don’t know if I’m in another world or don’t realise it but I’ve never felt that."

Jose Mourinho
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Mourinho's record in finals

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Now what of Jose Mourinho's record in finals. Manchester United's Portuguese boss has a remarkable record on the big occasion winning 12 of his 14 cup finals since lifting the UEFA Cup with Porto way back in 2003.

Will that be an advantage tomorrow?

"I think the winning mentality doesn't have to do with records or history in finals," Mourinho said.

"Honestly I think what we did in the past has nothing to do with tomorrow and the records don't play, what plays is tomorrow 11 against 11 and everybody trying to give their best."

'6-0 is not entertaining'

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Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho was asked whether he thought it would be an enteraining game at Wembley.

He responded with a question. "Do you consider 6-0 entertaining?'

The Manchester United manager doesn't. He thinks entertaining is a game of tension, with the result in doubt until the very last minute.

To that end, he thinks it will be entertaining at Wembley.

Open and entertaining?

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The Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho made some interesting observations when asked if the FA Cup final against Chelsea was going to be 'an open', entertaining game?

BBC Sport's Simon Stone has more on that though....

'A moment that unites the stadium'

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Ray Wilkins' widow Jackie will present the trophy to the winners of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United on Saturday, and United boss Jose Mourinho feels it will be a poignant moment.

"Very emotional moment for Mrs Wilkins, all the family and his sons," Mourinho said.

"I believe Ray will be looking at it and enjoying it. I know how much he was loved at Chelsea and I know how much he was loved at Manchester United.

"It’s a coincidence that the two clubs are playing the final but it will be a moment that unites the stadium and a beautiful moment."

Judge United's season on Cup final?

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Jose Mourinho
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Now then so what does Jose Mourinho think of Manchester United's season being judged on the outcome of the FA Cup final?

I'm not sure he shares quite the same opinion as Lawro. Here's what he's had to say:

"People can do what they want, the same applies to yourself, you can analyse the way you want to analyse and I can analyse the way I want, so everyone is free to go in the direction you want to go."

"Of course it makes a difference but one thing is to make a difference and to consider good or bad because of one match. When I analyse the work I did and the effort I put and everything we all did in the club, and that includes the most important persons in the club, which are the players, I'm not going to analyse them because of one very important match.

"I know the effort, the negative things and I'm not going to change my analysis of the season because of one match, not at all."

Carvalhal leaves Swansea.

Carlos Carvalhal
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Talking of tranquility it appears that is not quite the case in South Wales with manager Carlos Carvalhal leaving Swansea City after their relegation from the Premier League.

The Welsh club have opted not to offer the Portuguese a new contract after it expires this summer.

Read more here.

'Relaxed and calm'

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Everything is tranquil in Manchester United's FA Cup final preparation - here's more from manager Jose Mourinho.

"We are not going to see each other for about two months, a holiday for some, the dream motivation of World Cup for others and tomorrow is goodbye - see you in July or the beginning of August for others.

"So to be here for three days is good, the weather is nice, the place is nice, thank you to Watford football club for letting us use their training facilities for two training sessions - everything is relaxed and calm."

Lukaku and Martial fit?

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Romelu Lukaku
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Here comes Jose Mourinho...

Unsurprisingly the first question directed to the Manchester United manager, relates to the fitness of forwards Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Lukaku has not played since 29 April when he came off injured against Arsenal, while Martial withdrew from United's last game of the season against Watford, last Sunday, with a knee problem.

"Martial is fit and Lukaku we have to wait until the last moment," Mourinho said.

"I don't want to lie to you and say he doesn't play and then plays, so Lukaku we have to wait."

Lawro's FA Cup final prediction

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Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport football expert

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson reckons that Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, needs to win the FA Cup final to say he has had a good season. Or could it be a last hurrah for Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss?

Either way it looks like this could be a tight, low-scoring affair if his prediction comes to fruition. But which way did he go?

Read more of Lawro’s take on the final here.

Chelsea v Man Utd - select your combined XI

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FA Cup final selector
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Jesse Lingard or N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard or Alexis Sanchez, who gets in your combined Chelsea/Man Utd FA Cup XI?

I’ve already picked my team, so why don't you have a go here.

And let me know your team using #bbcfootball #myfacupfinalxi

Change of location for Man Utd

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Simon Stone

BBC Sport

An unsual venue for Manchester United's pre-FA Cup final press conference.

Manager Jose Mourinho took the opportunity to bring his team down south on Wednesday to ensure they were free of any distractions ahead of their Wembley encounter with Chelsea.

They are in a plush hotel that England tend to use when they are not based at St George's Park.

Main topic of conversation is whether Romelu Lukaku has recovered from his ankle injury.

And, oh yes, Mourinho against his old club - with whom he beat United in the 2007 final - and his rivalry with Antonio Conte.

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At the ready

'Two teams, one last shot at glory'

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Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic battle for the ball
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Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Saturday in the 137th FA Cup final, with both looking for silverware at the end of mixed season for both clubs.

But who will get their hands on the famous old trophy and why?

Here’s what former Chelsea player manager Ruud Gullit and ex Manchester United player Phil Neville make of it all with some pre-game analysis beautifully compiled by BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Great names and great goals

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Great FA Cup goals: Manchester United v Chelsea - Beckham, Rooney, Drogba, Gullitt

It’s fair to say there have been one or two FA Cup crackers between Chelsea and Man Utd over the years. So BBC Sport’s quick recap of some great goals from yesteryear is quite a handy reminder.

Does anyone Graeme Le Saux and Dwight Yorke getting their pitching wedges out?

Good afternoon.

I'll be bringing you updates from Jose Mourinho's press conference from around 13:00 BST onwards with Antonio Conte to follow.

But first let's look at the rest of the big match build-up.