The FA Cup Final: A Manchester Derby

The FA Cup finals provides an optimal platform for another hugely anticipated Manchester derby this season. Manchester City and Manchester United will lock horns in an FA Cup final for the first time. The game will take place at Wembley Stadium, kickoff is at 5pm local time (14:00 GMT). This battle will be interesting to watch since both clubs will be out to achieve a remarkable victory. If Manchester United wins the cup, they will have ruined Manchester City’s treble dream. If the Citizens win, they would be well on course for their first treble. An exhilarating contest this will be for the neutrals.

The Sir Alex Ferguson Legacy

Sir Alex Ferguson is the only English Premier League manager to win a treble. In 1999, he led Manchester United to winning two key domestic trophies in the Premier League and the FA Cup. He further acquired the UEFA Champions League to cap off a historic season. Pep Guardiola stands the chance of matching this record. If he can see off Manchester United in the FA and Inter Milan in the Champions League, he might achieve this outstanding record.

Ferguson’s iconic 1999 treble that included a European Cup, the Premier League, and the FA Cup. (Image: IrishMirror)

Manchester United hopes to keep Fergusons’ legacy alive by stopping Manchester City from carrying the FA Cup. Despite being taken as the underdogs in this match, Ten Hag’s men won’t need any more motivation to secure another trophy in an already impressive season.

The Missing and Present Key Players

Manchester City will have all their key players present for this match. Manuel Akanji is the only doubt for the game with a slight injury. Having already done so earlier in the season, fans are banking on Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland to inflict the pain of defeat on the Red Devils.

Manchester United will surely miss the services of crucial defender Lisandro Martinez. The Argentine defender has been out for several weeks after sustaining a long-term injury. Anthony Martial is also ruled out for the game. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will be highly depended on to bring creativity and goals for Manchester United.

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