Danny Murphy: Manchester United must stop Eden Hazard in FA Cup Final

by Alex Turk

Danny Murphy has pinpointed Eden Hazard as Manchester United’s biggest threat ahead of the 2018 Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Man United go into the match looking for a record-equalling 13th FA Cup trophy while Chelsea have reached their second successive final and will be wanting to end a dire season in positive fashion.

Hazard has been recognised as one of the Premier League’s most dangerous attackers for years now and it’s no secret that he’ll be one to watch in the showpiece final.

In his Evening Standard column, Murphy said: “Eden Hazard has that magic ability to change a game in a heartbeat and Jose Mourinho knows that, so how Manchester United set up to stop him will be key.

“In the past, United have put Ander Herrera on Hazard and Mourinho could ask him to do the same job again. Herrera has that low centre of gravity and burst of pace that can help him stay with Hazard and he did such a good job last time.”

Hazard reportedly snubbed United when he moved to Chelsea from Lille OSC in 2012 and has helped Chelsea to two Premier Leagues, a League Cup and a UEFA Europa League since.

Murphy continued: “Does Mourinho employ the same tactic or do United play their own game, where players pick up Hazard when he comes into their areas?

“Hazard is the one player, if fit, who can hurt United badly so it will be interesting to see how that maps out.”

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