"Growing up in another country, when you look at England there are so many competitions that it's hard to understand which is the most important, but once you move here you quickly find out which ones are the best and the FA Cup is a big one".
"It's been tough for all those reasons".
While the former Blackburn defender has winners' medals from United's FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace in 2016 and Europa League success against Ajax in Stockholm 12 months ago, on neither occasion did he make it off the substitutes' bench.
Gareth Southgate's 23-man selection was revealed at 2pm on Wednesday afternoon, with the United trio included.
"When I was younger I used to get really nervous before games, so much so that you are nearly throwing up", the defender said.
"It's what this club has an obligation to do - get through to cup finals, go on to win them, lift silverware and continue to make this club even bigger".
"If you qualify for the Champions League for seven or eight years, but don't win any trophies, would you swap that for what we've done?"
If it is, nothing will give Conte more joy than bowing out by winning a cup competition for the first time as a coach by beating the man with whom he has clashed most regularly and bitterly since arriving in England.
Not many people know more about The FA Cup Final than John Motson - and the legendary commentator believes the Wembley showpiece is still the highlight of the season. "That's most important. After a season of ups and downs, we can finish on an up".
"It won't affect my preparations for the Cup final".
"This is a different kind of feeling".
Southgate names his squad on Wednesday for the tournament in Russian Federation and Cahill isn't certain to be included after missing out on the recent friendlies. "You can't impact it", he said.
"My CV is there. We just had a relaxed atmosphere", Cahill told reporters at Chelsea's FA Cup final media day.