FA Cup

Manchester United vs Manchester City: FA Cup final predictions, head-to-head, venue, line-ups

The local rivals of Manchester, United and recently crowned Premier League champions City face off against each other in the ultimate clash of the oldest tournament of football history, FA Cup, which is staged in Wembley Stadium, on the Saturday, 3rd of June. It would be one of the mouth watering clashes of this season, which will hopefully provide some fireworks before the seasons go off for sabbaticals, only to meet in the pre-season.

Clash of the titans

Manchester City has been the undisputed winners of the Premier League since the last few seasons. This season was a bit different where they have been trailing Mikel Arteta’s side Arsenal for most of the season, only to edge them past in the final few games, taking the advantage of a slip-up from the “Gunners”, which ensured them another Premier League title glory, adding to Pep’s trophy cabinet. Besides winning the Premier League, City is also in the finals of the prestigious UEFA Champions League and is slated to face Inter Milan in few days. For a potential treble chasing team with the might of Haaland, De Bruyne and Pep’s masterclass, winning the FA Cup will be a cherry on the cake.

Manchester United, on the other hand, had a fruitful first season under Dutch maestro Erik Ten Hag as they had made in to the top four and has guaranteed themselves a spot in the Champions League for the next season. Apart from winning the League Cup, they have had a topsy-turvy season when it comes to the basis of injuries. They had been knocked out of Europa League by potential finalists Sevilla, in the quarters owing to some grave defense mistakes. They would be looking forward for a top finish to the season if they manage to defeat their crosstown rivals.

City vs United: Team News

As expected as it gets, both the teams will be fielding their strongest lineups in the ultimate showdown. But, injuries might force them to name some potential replacements as it might compromise the harmony of the game.

Manchester United will go with their expected 4-2-3-1 line-up, but the center forward will be different as star French striker Anthony Martial will be sidelined due to a hamstring injury he had suffered during the last game of the season against Fulham, where the Red Devils were adjudged the winners by 2-1.

Manchester City, on the other hand is expected to go full-on attack on their neighbors as they seem to be fully prepared for this clash. With the hot form of Haaland and intricate passes of De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, it is definitely going to be difficult for Ten Hag’s backline to stop the front three of the Cityzens. They might go with go with a traditional 4-3-3 formation with Haaland on the front most probably to be flanked by Foden and Mahrez.

City vs United: Predicted Line-up

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

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Malacia, Maguire, Varane; Casemiro, Fred; Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho; Marcus Rashford

City vs United: Head-to-Head

It is going to be the first FA Cup final between the two Manchester sides, and the trophy has already been partially engraved. Now, we will soon get to know about the part that will follow that partial engravement, either City or United.

When it comes to the FA Cup, Manchester United has had a better record than their city rivals as they have enjoyed five wins out of the last six outings in this competition. Pep’s team has an exceptional victory in the semifinals of 2010-11, when they outclassed the Red Devils.

It would be interesting to look as both the squads have been revamped since their last meetings in the oldest tournament in football history. United, with Ten Hag at the helm will be eager to make a mark for his team and City, on the other hand will be pumped up to continue their pursuit of the treble.

City vs United: Match prediction

Manchester City 3-1 Manchester City

City vs United: Venue, Date, Time, Where to watch

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Date: 3rd June

Time: 7:30 pm( Indian Standard Time)

Referee: Paul Tierney

Where to Watch: SONY LIV

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