Chelsea aim to halt Man Utd uprising in Women's FA Cup final.

London -- Chelsea's role as the dominant force in women's football in England faces a stern test from emerging challengers Manchester United in Sunday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Well established as the preeminent power in the Women's Super League after winning the last three top-flight titles, Chelsea have come under sustained pressure from United this season.

United sit top of the WSL table, but have only a one-point lead over second placed Chelsea, who hold a game in hand.

The title race pauses for this weekend as United bid to win the first major trophy in their short history, while Emma Hayes's Chelsea aim to make it three successive FA Cup triumphs.

Underlining the surge in popularity enjoyed by the women's game in recent years, an expected 90,000 crowd -- a record for a women's domestic club match -- will flock to Wembley to witness the latest instalment of the growing rivalry between Chelsea and United.

The Blues came from behind for a title-clinching 4-2 win against United on the final day of last season and have won both league meetings this term.

Having spent the last five years battling with Manchester City and Arsenal for supremacy in the domestic women's game, Chelsea could be facing their greatest threat yet.

United have had a remarkable rise since their formation in May 2018.

They were promoted from the Championship in their inaugural season and have finished fourth in three successive WSL campaigns.

They train at Carrington, where the United's male team is based, and their matches at Old Trafford have attracted crowds of over 20,000.

- 'If we win, it will be massive' -

United manager Marc Skinner, who took charge in 2021, admits there is extra pressure on his team on Sunday as they look to validate their rapid ascent with a first piece of silverware.

"I even think there's more pressure on us than Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City because we are Manchester United," he said.

"I feel that because every...

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