Manchester Derby FA Cup final confirmed for the first time ever
History made and more to come.
It’s official: for the first time in the history of English football, we are going to have a Manchester Derby for this year’s FA Cup final. This is going to be massive.
An all-Manchester final was confirmed on Sunday night after Manchester United also booked their return trip to Wembley by beating Brighton 7-6 on penalties.
It was a fairly open game from start to finish with both sides giving a good account of themselves, and a strong performance was very much needed for United following their 3-0 exit from the Europa League.
Nevertheless, they responded positively and while they had to go to penalties to get it done, Reds won’t care one bit and both sides are now licking their lips at the thought of not only another Manchester derby victory but one that will see them lift a major title.
It’s United’s first FA Cup final since their loss to Chelsea back in 2018 and City’s first since 2019 when they went on to win it against Watford.
United have won 12 FA Cups down the years, the last coming in the 2016/17 season, while the blue half of the city will be hoping to win their seventh.
Furthermore, not only did the winning seventh penalty from Victor Lindelöf send United to their second final this season — Erik ten Hag winning his first trophy at the club with the EFL Cup Final back in February — but it was also the first time the Red Devils have won a penalty shootout in 152 years of the competition’s history.
Seems like a crazy stat, doesn’t it?
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As for Pep Guardiola‘s side, they have an equally big game this Wednesday as they take on Arsenal who are still clinging on at the top of the table — a win would be huge if they are hoping to remain Premier League champions. The Spaniard has called on fans to turn up in their droves and in full voice.
Both halves of Manchester will return to Wembley Stadium on 3 June for the FA Cup final.
It’s going to be quite the occasion and it’s safe to say those trains down are going to be quite interesting.
You can watch the highlights of Manchester United vs Brighton down below or Manchester City’s victory over Sheffield United HERE.
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