Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte in focus

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The vice-chair did add that the club was delighted with progress on the field, with Jose Mourinho's side having secured second spot behind Manchester City in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final with Chelsea. A win would be the flawless way to sign off for Conte, not least at it would come at the expense of Mourinho, one of his most voluble antagonists.

While Tottenham are ready to sell Alderweireld, it remains to be seen if Chelsea will let Willian join the Red Devils given the backlash they received for allowing Nemanja Matic to move to Old Trafford a year ago, subsequently strengthening their rivals.

"I think we've become a bit idealistic about what the football was at times under Sir Alex". I hope it'll be a good game with Chelsea as the victor.

Jose Mourinho has prioritised signing a new first team left-back after Luke Shaw failed to impress him and the club have been keeping tabs on a number of options.

"I admire the big quality teams are always like soldiers in the way they defend and the quality they have. This experience is thanks to him".

The early years of Fabregas's stint at Arsenal coincided with Mourinho's arrival as manager of Chelsea, while he was also part of a Barcelona side that was vying for Spanish supremacy with Mourinho's Real Madrid.

With Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford or Romelu Lukaku providing pace and movement up front for United and Eden Hazard and Willian doing likewise for Chelsea, Pogba and Fabregas should have plenty of opportunities to play that defence-shredding killer pass. "This is very nice but hopefully it will not be his day (on Saturday) and Chelsea can win".

"What I won't miss as much is the painstaking amount of research that has to be done before a game". "He has different systems to play". You can expect that.

"The most important thing is that we just have to motivate ourselves to win it. Overall, we will need to wait until UEFA announce what the actual prize fund will be to determine the impact for us".

But it was even more hard when considering it was his first post outside of Italy and he was up against the likes of Mourinho at Manchester United and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, both of whom had spent vast sums to enhance their squads.

That was Common's first ever game in the world famous competition and it turned out to be the skilful Saville's only goal of the Macron Store Southern Combination League club's double-winning season.

"Anything can happen really", he said. Obviously, last year, I got a red card, but we want to try and get it right this time.