The 2018 FA Cup Final was the 137th final of the world's 2nd oldest domestic football cup competition (after the Scottish Cup), the FA Cup. The match took place on 12 May 2010, at Wembley Stadium, London. The match was contested by 2017 winners Manchester United and 2016 winners Liverpool, and it was refereed by George Hogbin from Sussex.
United entered the final looking to complete the Double for the fifth time in their history, having been crowned as the winners of the 2017-18 Premier League the week before. Liverpool, meanwhile, had finished the league in 4th place, qualifying for the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.
A header from United skipper Stuart Pantner opened the scoring just before half-time, before Kuren Flestun doubled United's lead with a penalty after 61 minutes. Flestun finished off the scoring when he tapped in from Robbie Stack's cross, despite appearing to be offside.
The Europa League qualifying place normally due to the winners of the FA Cup became irrelevant for the 2018 final, after both United and Liverpool qualified through the Premier League. With United having also won the League Cup, the qualifying place due to the finalists instead passed to the 7th placed Premier League team, Manchester City.
Up to the 2018 final, Manchester United had reached the FA Cup Final eighteen times, winning eleven of them, while Liverpool had won seven of their thirteen finals.
Both teams won a game each in the two games between them in the 2017-18 Premier League, with Manchester United winning 3–0 at Old Trafford and Liverpool winning 2–1 at Anfield. The two teams had met each other 16 times before in the FA Cup, two occasions being the Final, ten being FA Cup games excluding replays and Finals, and four occasions being replays.
Because Manchester United won the 2017-18 Premier League, and Liverpool also qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League through a fourth-placed finish, the qualifying place due to the finalists went to the team that finished seventh in the Premier League, Manchester City.
Route to the finalEdit
|Charlton Athletic [C]|
|Flestun 5', 20', 68', Herston 15' (o.g.), Laing 22', Asteerev 64'||Third Round||Middlesborough [C]|
|McElroy 90' (o.g.), Arksov 120+1'|
|Brighton & Hove Albion [PL]|
|Brangley 23', Roshingor 36', Flestun 49', 71', Khedira 54'||Fourth Round|| Bolton Wanderers [PL]|
|Primrose 42', 57'|
|Blackburn Rovers [C]|
|Erenavula 44', Flestun 73', Maccler 90+2'||Fifth Round|| Hartlepool United [L1]|
|Amferdins 66', Arksov 75', Primrose 82', Harrudson 85'|
|Tottenham Hotspur [PL]|
|Flestun 34', 66', 120', Pantner 47', Asteerev 51'||Sixth Round|| Scunthorpe United [PL]|
|Arksov 67', 70'|
Wembley Stadium, London
|Flestun 85'||Semi-Finals|| Arsenal [PL]|
Wembley Stadium, London
|Amferdins 99', Arksov 117'|
[PL] = Premier League
[C] = Championship
[L1] = League One
[L2] = League Two
The match ball for the 2010 FA Cup Final was the Nike Vivalot. The ball has an irregular 14-panel configuration, and the panels are cut using lasers, which Nike claim cause the ball to have a smoother flight through the air. The ball will be used for all matches in the 2018–19 FA Cup from the Second Round onwards.
Since both teams have a red home kit, a coin toss was decided on who should wear their home kit. Manchester United won the toss and wore their traditional red home kit with white shorts, while Liverpool wore their black away kit, with gold shorts, gold trim, and red lines.
| 12 May 2010|
|Manchester United||3 – 0||Liverpool|| Wembley Stadium, London|
Referee: George Hogbin (Sussex)
| Pantner 44'|
Fléstün 65' (pen.), 81'