Friday, May 24, 2024

FA Cup Final

The FA Cup competition concludes with a Manchester derby on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City seeks a domestic double after winning the Premier League last weekend. Manchester United is perhaps playing for Manager Eric ten Hag’s job. Manchester City just became the first club to win four consecutive Premier League titles. Manchester United just completed its worst Premier league finish in history, tumbling to eighth in the table. The Red Devils could, however, secure European play for next season with a win on Saturday.

The road to this final has not been easy for ten Hag and company as they required extra time to defeat Liverpool in the quarterfinals and then prevailed in penalties versus Coventry City after squandering a three-goal lead in the semifinals. Manchester City, meanwhile, has outscored its FA Cup opponents by an aggregate 15-2 margin, conceding the two goals in a 6-2 laugher over Luton Town. An upset win over cross town rival and league champion Manchester City might be ten Hag’s best hope of continuing his current employment if it is not already too late for the Dutch manager. Saturday’s match is a rerun of last season’s Cup final when Manchester City triumphed 2-1, one of six Citizen victories in the last seven times these two clubs have met. 

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