At the trophy presentation all the Manchester United players wore shirts saying "Davis 36" after the death of young midfielder Jimmy Davis who died in car crash on his way to a Watford match, who he had joined on loan. The club have since retired the number in his memory.
The match took place for the fourth consecutive year at the Millennium Stadium, due to the ongoing reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the final's usual venue. The match was refereed by Jeff Winter and he was aided by assistant referees Roger Green, Tony East and fourth official Matt Messias.
Millwall employed a familiar 4-4-2 formation which included player-manager Dennis Wise playing in midfield for the last time before retiring. It also turned out to be the last competitive game in a Millwall shirt for Australian midfielder Tim Cahill, who would move to Everton during the summer. Despite being injured and unable to keep goal for Millwall in the Final, Millwall manager Dennis Wise insisted that Tony Warner, the club's first-choice goalkeeper, be presented with a runners-up medal because if he had been fit he would have played in the final.
Curtis Weston beat the 125-year record held by James F. M. Prinsep of Clapham Rovers after coming on as a 89th minute substitute replacing Dennis Wise. Weston holds the record of being the youngest ever player to appear in an FA Cup Final. Weston's age was 17 years 119 days, beating Prinsep's age of 17 years and 245 days by 126 days.
Manchester UnitedHome teams listed first.
Round 3: Aston Villa 1–2 Manchester United
Round 4: Northampton Town 0–3 Manchester United
Round 5: Manchester United 4–2 Manchester City
Round 6: Manchester United 2–1 Fulham
Semi-final: Arsenal 0–1 Manchester United
MillwallHome teams listed first.
Round 3: Millwall 2–1 Walsall
Round 4: Telford United 0–2 Millwall
Round 5: Millwall 1–0 Burnley
Round 6: Millwall 0–0 Tranmere Rovers
Semi-final: Sunderland 0–1 Millwall