Michael Owen tips Chelsea FC to bench 29-year-old linked with Man United for FA Cup

The Liverpool FC legend believes Willian will start the FA Cup final on the bench amid reports linking him with a move to Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Antonio Conte to leave Willian on the bench for the FA Cup final amid speculation linking the Chelsea FC star with a move to Manchester United.

The Brazil international has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the Chelsea FC team since Antonio Conte’s appointment back in 2016.

Willian helped the Blues to win the Premier League crown in the 2016-17 season, while the attacking midfielder has been a rare positive for the west London outfit this term.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United after the Portuguese head coach brought in Willian in 2013.

The South American won the Premier League title and the League Cup under Mourinho before the 55-year-old was axed in December 2015.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes the Blues will leave Willian on the bench for the FA Cup final given the uncertainty surrounding the Brazil international’s future.

“Chelsea look as if they will again leave Willian on the bench with speculation mounting that he might re-join Mourinho at Old Trafford this summer,” Owen told BetVictor.

Willian has scored nine goals and has made six assists in 44 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign to enjoy a prolific season at Stamford Bridge.

The South American forward has won two Premier League titles and the League Cup since his move to Chelsea FC from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand: Chelsea FC have made the signing of the summer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United could sign 33-year-old midfielder on a free transfer – report
Jurgen Klopp
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Dimitar Berbatov states his prediction for Man United v Crystal Palace
Ian Wright
Ian Wright predicts where Tottenham will finish with Gareth Bale
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United interested in signing 22-year-old Senegal international – report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Billie Jean King (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic / ITF)
ITF announces that women’s tennis world cup to be renamed the Billie Jean King Cup
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes prediction about Arsenal this season
Timo Werner
Timo Werner: Why I chose Chelsea FC ahead of Liverpool FC