Manchester City and Manchester United face off in the final round of the FA Cup at Wembley. The Cityzens have won the Premier League and look to add a double with the Emirates-sponsored trophy and a potential treble after qualifying for the Champions League final. Before losing against Brentford on the final matchday, they had an unbeaten run of 25 matches.
Manchester City had a brilliant campaign containing their league trophy despite Arsenal’s dominance which they fluffed in the crucial moments of the season for their third consecutive title. Erling Haaland was the star of the show after he won the Player of the Season award breaking the topscorer charts with 36 goals in his first season as well.
Manchester United has qualified for the Champions League after an absence from the competition last year finishing third this season and ended a trophy drought of seven years after winning the Carabao Cup. It is fair to say the club is reviving under Erik Ten Hag and hopes to aim for bigger ambitions next season. Marcus Rahford was their best man with 17 goals and five assists to his name.
Manchester City and Manchester United in the FA Cup
The football teams from Manchester are two of the most successful clubs in the FA Cup, with Manchester United lifting the title 12 times and City winning on six occasions. Currently under coach Pep Guardiola, Manchester City last won the FA Cup in 2019 while the Red Devils lifted the trophy in 2016. The upcoming match will be the first major final between the two clubs.
Manchester City are contesting their 21st FA Cup Final, the joint most of any side in the history of the competition along with Arsenal. Manchester City will play their 12th final of the competition. While the Red Devils boast a better history, the Sky Blues have become more of a dominant force in recent seasons. It is without a doubt going to be a feisty run of affairs.
Both coaches will be keen to keep similar lineups they had throughout the entirety of the season which defines their current positions in the competitions. However, the backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega is expected to start over Ederson as has happened in cup competitions for City. United will probably start their strongest lineup with exceptions in some positions.
Manchester City predicted XI: Stefan Ortega, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, John Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland.
Manchester United predicted XI: David De Gea, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho, Marcus Rashford.
When and Where to Watch?
The match is scheduled for 5.00 PM (GMT), 12.00 PM (EST) and 6.00 AM (PST). Here are the places where to watch the match
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