FA Cup semi-finals preview

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While Chelsea face Southampton on Sunday in what will most likely be Antonio Conte's last chance of silverware with the Blues, Manchester United will meet Tottenham on Saturday in what looks, at least on paper, to be the tie of the semis.

This weekend's meeting with Tottenham will see the victor meet either Chelsea or Southampton in next month's final.

The game is a welcome distraction for Southampton who could find themselves second bottom in the Premier League if Stoke take something from their home game with Burnley.

The FA Cup would not turn United's season into a successful one as it is not what the club prioritises as they base their success on the Premier League and Champions League. As he showed against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, he is still an imperious footballer on his day and one of the few United players able to change a game through sheer force of will. Sergio Romero is expected to miss the semi-final due to injury. Team NewsManchester United have their first-choice line-up available with Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Nemanja Matic are among those likely to return to the starting XI after playing substitute roles at Bournemouth.

Paired with a well organised defence and prodigious talents like Harry Kane and Dele Alli - not to mention Hugo Lloris in goal - Tottenham will feel quietly confident ahead of their trip to the familiar environs of Wembley.

"So I think when you go to these big moments with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don't think it's an advantage".

The support will be split 50-50 so there will be far more United fans there than the allocation away teams get for Premier League games, but Spurs will still have the familiarity you get from playing at the same place all the time - and it is a definite advantage.

Who will start for Manchester United when they take on Tottenham?

"I think that's something the manager brings and we as the players feel that from the coaches and from him himself".

Chelsea team news: Marcos Alonso is suspended after being charged with violent conduct against the same opponents last weekend in the league. Jack Stephens completes his three-match ban. I don't believe, it would be fantastic to finish the season with a trophy.

Mark Hughes: "It's the greatest cup competition in the world in my view".

This year will mark 10 years since they won their last trophy and this weekend will provide them with their last opportunity for the season.

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