The Manchester derby is back, but this time in the FA Cup final. English giant Manchester United will face the English champions, Manchester City, this evening in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City already have won the Premier League. They have a very good chance to win the treble under Pep Guardiola as they are in the finals of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. However, the Citizens will go very close to winning the treble if they beat Man United tonight.
On the other hand, Manchester United are the only English club that have won the treble. Surely, they do not want other clubs to make the record. So, Ten Hag boys will do their best to beat Man City at Wembley Stadium.
Stats & Facts
Manchester United have a rich history in the FA Cup. They have qualified for the 21st FA Cup finals, the joint-highest with Arsenal. Man United also won the trophy 12 times. Besides, this will be Man City’s 12th final in the FA Cup, winning six and losing five.
Against the Citizens, Manchester United dominated most of the time. Manchester United won five of their last six meetings with Man City in the FA Cup.
But the time has changed. Manchester City are now one of the strongest teams in the world. They are the only side that conceded zero goals in the FA Cup this season.
As Manchester City secured the league title with two games in their hands, Pep Guardiola rotated his squad in the last two games. He benched most of his key players in these two games. However, the manager will deploy his best possible XI against Manchester United for sure. Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish, and Bernardo Silva will be back tonight against their city rival. However, Stefan Ortega played all five games in FA Cup for Man City and kept clean sheets in each game. Therefore, he will continue between the bars instead of Ederson.
Although Man City do not have injury concerns, Manchester United have a long injury issues. Striker Anthony Martial has been ruled out ahead of the final due to a hamstring injury. Brazilian winger Antony is also in doubt. He got a knock during the match against Chelsea FC and missed one game. His chances are very low for the FA Cup final. Lisandro Martinez, Donny Van de Beek, Marcel Sabitzer, and Tom Heaton are long absentees for Man United.
In the absence of Martial, Rashford could start as the striker, allowing Alejandro Garnacho in the left flank. Jadon Sancho is the favorite to start in the right wing, while Bruno Fernandes will play the role of an attacking midfielder.
The Possible Lineup for Manchester City:
Ortega; Walker, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland
The Possible Lineup for Manchester United:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Sancho, Fernandes, Garnacho; Rashford
Man City: 1.53
Man United: 5.50