Man United’s Romelu Lukaku on bench for FA Cup final vs. Chelsea

Ahead of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United, the FC crew assess what both clubs have at stake at Wembley.
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LONDON — Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has only been deemed fit enough for a place on the bench for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The 24-year-old, who has scored 27 goals this season, has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and despite undergoing treatment in Belgium has only been named among the substitutes at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford has been picked in his place in a forward line that also includes Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard. Phil Jones is preferred to Eric Bailly at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling.

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that David De Gea would start in goal while regular full-backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are also in the team.

The midfield of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba is the same as the one used against Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have turned to Olivier Giroud up front with Eden Hazard, handing the France international a first appearance in an FA Cup fixture this season.

Also making a first appearance in the competition this term is Thibaut Courtois, who stands in for Willy Caballero.

Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian will start on the bench, and with centre-back Andreas Christensen unavailable because of a back injury, Nathaniel Chalobah is on the bench.

Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.