Manchester United defender fires firm warning to Chelsea ahead of FA Cup final

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has sent out a warning to Chelsea ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup final.

Both teams head to Wembley in a bid to end the season with a piece of silverware.

For the Blues it is also a chance to avenge last year’s defeat at the same stage by Arsenal and Antonio Conte – on what could be his farewell game – will look to win a domestic trophy for the first time in his managerial career.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ campaign hasn’t gone like many would have expected despite investing heavily in the squad last summer with the arrivals of Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.

Having finished 19 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City coupled with elimination at the round of 16 stage in the Champions League against Sevilla, United will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the 2007 cup final.

And Jones believes his side has what it takes to be celebrating come to the final whistle on Saturday evening.

“We can go out and win,” the defender said in an interview with ESPN. “It won’t be easy. It is a cup game. Chelsea is a good team, but I believe we have the quality and strength in depth to go out and win the game.”

When it comes to cup finals, Jones has been rather unlucky.

He missed the 2016 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace and then sat out last season’s Europa League success over Ajax through injury.

Understandably, he is keen to end that sequence against the Blues.

“The [FA Cup final] one under Van Gaal, I wasn’t playing, so that was OK — not OK, but reasonable,” he added. “The Europa League final, I got a daft, silly injury at a stupid time.

I thought I wouldn’t be fit for the final, then it came and I was, but the manager is probably thinking I had only just come back, could he trust my fitness in a game of that magnitude.

“You are disappointed but at the same time, you understand. Hopefully, I have a chance of starting in the final. I don’t know. It is the manager’s decision.

“But hopefully I have put my name forward and will be one of the names on the team sheet.”

Jones has featured just once during United’s run to the final – that was against Spurs last month where he and Chris Smalling managed to keep Harry Kane quiet for 90 minutes.

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