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Wembley is a place for special ones

BASKING in the limelight is nothing new to Jose Mourinho so he’ll milk yet another 15 minutes of fame at Wembley.

The first cup final of the season sees Mourinho’s United tackle Southampton, back at Wembley for the first time since, er, the last time they were there.

Mourinho and the mild-mannered Claude Puel clearly weren’t separated at birth and the differences in their personality are mirrored by the differences in the form of their teams.

While United are flying on all fronts, Saints are all over the place, terrible one minute, a little bit better the next.

What the two men do have in common is they divide opinions.

Many United fans I know still aren’t sure about the Special One and Saints supporters seem to be constantly blowing hot and cold over Puel; a disaster after being battered by Arsenal in the FA Cup and losing back-to-back to Swansea and West Ham, but a hero for smashing Sunderland.

The fact is that Soton look short of strikers and short of defenders and even allowing for my limited knowledge of football, I reckon that’s probably quite a handicap.

So the upshot is a United win, which will come as no surprise since it’s a venue where they rarely lose. Since losing to Messi’s Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley they’ve been back there five times and won all five matches.

The last three of those were by 2-1 scorelines so that’s your correct score conundrum solved.

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Feyenoord v PSV Eindhoven

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  • Feyenoord have won their last six Eredivisie matches without conceding a goal
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PSV need to win this if they are to keep their title hopes alive but beating Feyenoord in Rotterdam is extremely difficult - they have won ten and drawn two of 12 league games at De Kuip this season. However, the visitors are in fine goalscoring form, netting 16 in their last five games, and could nick a point in a tight match.