FA Cup final – Manchester United dominates Manchester City (2-1) and wins the trophy

What revenge for the Red Devils! Defeated by Manchester City at the same stage of the competition last season, Manchester United defeated their neighbor and rival in the FA Cup final this Saturday (2-1). Erik ten Hag’s players won the 13th FA Cup in the club’s history, while the Citizens, recent Premier League champions, missed the chance to complete the cup-league double for the second time in a row .

The Dutch coach succeeded in his tactical coup against Pep Guardiola. While the British press announced that the United board did not wish to keep him, regardless of the outcome of the final, the technician ignored the rumors to thwart his Spanish counterpart’s plan. In the first period, the Red Devils’ defense blocked the Skyblues’ spaces. Limited to 3 shots for only 1 on target, City was never able to endanger André Onana. The attacking quartet of Bernado Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland looked uninspired.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Saturday May 25, 2024. / FA Cup

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United took the opportunity to surprise the reigning four-time English champion. On a long deep ball for Alejandro Garnacho, Manuel Akanji and Stefan Ortega did not understand each other and the first served the second at the wrong tempo. The Argentine striker then took the opportunity to open the scoring in the empty goal (1-0, 30th). In success, the Red Devils doubled the score a few minutes later thanks to Kobbie Mainoo. Served in the area by Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes cleverly shifted the young English international, who finished with a well-placed shot (2-0, 39th).

Doku strongman of the Citizens

With the introductions of Jérémy Doku at the break and Julian Alvarez in the 56th minute, Manchester City raised their heads in the second half. Moving on his left side, the former Rennais ended up finding the fault at the end of the match. After a hook on the edge of the area, the Belgian placed his shot perfectly flush with Onana’s post to give hope to his team (2-1, 87th).

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Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount (Manchester United) are delighted after winning the FA Cup, Saturday May 25, 2024.

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Solid defensively since the start of the match, Manchester United held on to claim a 13th trophy in the competition. The Mancunian club is only one unit behind Arsenal, record holder for FA Cup victories (14). He also saved a complicated season, ending in a disappointing 8th place in the Premier League. This success also allows Marcus Rashford and his partners to secure a place in the Europa League next season, with or without Ten Hag.



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