FA Cup final: Manchester United can reclaim record from Arsenal with victory over Crystal Palace

The Red Devils have not won the trophy since 2004 

Simon Rice@simonrice
Friday 20 May 2016 11:53
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Eric Cantona kisses the FA Cup after Manchester United's 1994 victory over Chelsea
Eric Cantona kisses the FA Cup after Manchester United's 1994 victory over Chelsea

Manchester United can reclaim the title of the most successful team in FA Cup history this weekend.

The Red Devils have not lifted the ancient trophy since 2004, during which time Arsenal have superseded them with 12 wins compared to 11.

Manchester United had held the title as the most successful team in FA Cup history - either jointly or outright - for 21 years.

It was with victory over Chelsea in 1994 that United drew level with Tottenham's eight titles and when they beat Newcastle in 1999 they became the outright most successful side in the tournament's history.

That position was held and retained with another FA Cup win in 2004 but the 12 year gap and the consistent success of Arsenal in the competition saw them lose that honour.

Arsene Wenger's side matched United's 11 titles in 2013/14 and then became the outright most successful side in the history of the tournament last season when they won it again.

Arsenal lift the FA Cup

If Manchester United are to match Arsenal's 12 titles then they must first overcome Crystal Palace. The final at Wembley kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday.

MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAMS IN FA CUP HISTORY...

Arsenal: 12

Manchester United: 11

Tottenham: 8

Liverpool: 7

Chelsea: 7

Aston Villa: 7

Newcastle United: 6

Blackburn: 6

Everton: 5

West Brom: 5

Manchester City: 5

Wanderers: 5

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