The city of Manchester has always been divided into two parts. Just as there is an argument over whether Manchester is red or blue over a sip of wine, there is an argument over a cup of tea. The two Manchesters will meet at Wembley Stadium in London to fuel that debate. The ‘Manchester Derby’ will start on Saturday in the final of the FA Cup.
City has had a tough season this season, not United. United finished third in the league, 14 points behind Champions City. City reached the Champions League final. In front of them is a treble win. But when the season is the final of the FA Cup, United will be ahead in experience.
Six-time FA Cup winners Man City have won the English Premier League this season. Reached the Champions League and FA Cup finals. After the 1998-99 season, they are only the second English team to win the treble. Man United won the treble of service. The city’s double will be confirmed if they win the FA Cup.
But Man United will not give up so easily. 12-time champions Man United beat Man City 2-1 in the league last time out in the FA Cup. On that day, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane kept City’s hit machine fame Arling Holland in a fist.
City coach Pep Guardiola said about the match, ‘We are proud to have come this far. This is the final. There will be a massive fight in London. Nothing more.’
This is the first major final between the two teams. This will be the third meeting between the two teams at Wembley, the venue of the final. United have won five of their last six FA Cup meetings against City. Despite being underdogs at Wembley, Man United coach Erik Ten Haag’s big strength is midfield star Casemiro. Anthony in the forward. Besides, Sancho won’t talk to Shaw.
Eric ten Haag said about the match, “I know the players will give their all to win this match. I am sure we have a good chance to win.
But will it be so easy to keep Holland, who has scored 52 goals in 51 matches in all competitions this season, or Kevin de Bruyne who accompanied him every day? Footballers know very well that when two arch-rivals face each other, the fight becomes overshadowed by the title of godliness and dignity.