Manchester City Vs Manchester United FA Cup Final Preview, Lineup, and Kickoff

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It will be a rollercoaster as the two Manchester clubs and Premier League giants clash in a first Manchester Derby FA Cup Final.

The 142nd FA Cup Final will be the first time Manchester City and Manchester United will take their age-long rivalry to the very climax of the FA Cup.

Manchester City have now wrestle the bragging rights from their noisy neighbours after a domineering display in English domestic competitions in recent years but are still far off the trophy haul of the Red side of Manchester.

A lot is at stake going into the game. Manchester United will be eyeing a double under new manager Erik Ten Hag, having edge out Newcastle United to win the Carabao Cup.

Manchester City Vs Manchester United FA Cup Final

Manchester City are on a treble-chasing campaign to cap a brilliant 2022/23 season, having defended the Premier League title and are in their second Champions League final.

Manchester United are 13 times FA Cup winners while Manchester City are 7 times FA Cup winners. They will be aiming for their 14th and 8th FA Cup trophy respectively.

Match Preview

No English club, apart from the legendary Manchester United 1998/99 squad, has ever won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in a single season.

Manchester City are aiming to match the enviable record by their neighbors should they bagged the three trophies.

Pep Guardiola took a drastic step to disconnect the players from their busy schedule after the Premier League final matchday to get them ready for the big clash against Manchester United.

This season, the two clubs settled the scores with a win apiece in the Premier League but Manchester City were the biggest winners.

The iconic curved arch of Wembley will witness a different ball game entirely as both sides set out for the much-awaited showdown today.

Erik Ten Hag shelved a disastrous initial Premier League start to emerge as strong contenders in the Premier League.

With a touch of experience, discipline, and good tactical approach, the transformation at Old Trafford under the former Ajax boss has been magical but a good test of the rebuild will be at Wembley today.

Manchester United have a good head-to-head record against Manchester City in the FA Cup. They have won five of their last five meetings.

Team News

Kevin De Bruyne, Manuel Akanji, Diaz, and Jack Grealish, missed Manchester City last Premier League game against Brentford but have all returned to training and may likely start for City.

Manchester City Vs Manchester United FA Cup Final

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City second-choice, Stefan Ortega, will start on goal ahead of Ederson. Ortega has five clean sheets for the team in the competition.

Nathan Ake, Rodri, and John Stones are all fit to start with IIkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, and Silva set to be lined up in the midfield with De Bruyne.

Goal machine, Erling Haaland, who has nudged in 52 goals in his debut season for the club, will start on the attack.

Manchester United are still grappling with a piling injury list with Antony, the latest addition to the list, more likely not to start. Antony Martial is also injured and has been ruled of the game.

Marcel Sabitzer, Van de Beek, Tom Heaton, and Lisandro Martinez are also on the sidelines and will miss the match.

De gea will start on goal. Alejandro Garnacho is more likely to start for Manchester United with Marcus Rashford leading the attack.

United midfield lynchpin Casemiro will start in the midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes, and Christian Eriksen. Fred may likely start on the bench.

In the defense, Raphael Varane will start ahead of Harry Maguire. Luke Shaw is also fit to start, including Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Possible Lineup

Manchester City: Ortega; Walker, Ake, Dias; Rodri, Stones; Bernardo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; Eriksen, Casemiro; Sancho, Garnacho Fernandes; Rashford.


The match will kickoff today by 15:00GMT (4pm Nigerian time)

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