Wickham: Manchester United's fake 'bomb scare' could help them for the FA Cup final

The Red Devils will close out their Premier League campaign on Tuesday after their last game was cancelled in bizarre circumstances, but the Eagles man believes they could benefit

Connor Wickham has warned that Manchester United's 'bomb' debacle could help the squad in the FA Cup final, as Crystal Palace set their sights on taking down the giants at Wembley.

Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth was cancelled after a suspected explosive device had been detected in the Old Trafford stands, which ultimately turned out to be a dummy training prop. 

United were competing with Manchester City and West Ham on the final game for the final Champions League spot, but the Citizens' draw with Swansea practically assured them fourth place ahead of Tuesday's rescheduled clash. 

"It was extraordinary what happened," Wickham told reporters, suggesting that Louis van Gaal could now rest first-teamers for the Wembley visit. 

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"Obviously there was a bit of disbelief at how quickly it all unfolded. But we’re not part of that. Now their Champions League place is pretty much gone they might play a very different team on Tuesday. Our focus is on ourselves."

"It’s more that it’s disrupted that weekend. They were ready to go out and they got evacuated. It’s up to them what team they play but their Champions League hopes are gone so their main focus will be on us."

Manchester United only need a draw to finish above Southampton to guarantee Europa League football, but an FA Cup final win would buoy the club after almost three years without silverware. 

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have ended the season poorly and finished in 15th place in the Premier League despite a strong start,  but Wickham's semi-final goal landed them a place in the FA Cup decider.

"We know how good United are. They are used to playing two games a week. They will be ready for us. We have to make sure we’re better than them," the forward affirmed.

"Obviously they will rotate players and make a lot of changes. They will want to keep some players ticking over and give them some minutes but I’d expect them to make changes."