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Manchester United Clinches FA Cup With 2-1 Win Against Manchester City In Final


Manchester United claimed the FA Cup with a stunning 2-1 victory over defending champion Manchester City in the final at Wembley on Saturday.

This victory secured United’s first trophy of the season and prevented their crosstown rivals from achieving the first back-to-back English league-cup doubles. Additionally, United qualified for the Europa League next season.

The final was a rematch of last year’s, which City won 2-1, and Pep Guardiola’s team did not relinquish their trophy without a fight.

Alejandro Garnacho opened the scoring in the 30th minute following mistakes by City defender Josko Gvardiol and goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

Kobbie Mainoo added a second goal in the 39th minute, sparking passionate celebrations from manager Erik ten Hag, whose job was under intense scrutiny leading into the final.

United was in control at halftime, but City piled on the pressure in the second half. Substitute Jeremy Doku eventually got City back into the game with a long-range shot into the bottom corner in the 87th minute.

By that time, Erling Haaland had hit the bar, Kyle Walker had forced goalkeeper Andre Onana into two outstretched saves, and substitute Julian Alvarez missed the target from close range with only the keeper to beat.

This marks United’s 13th FA Cup, just one behind Arsenal’s record of 14. It is also Ten Hag’s second trophy in as many years at the club, following last year’s League Cup victory.

Players and staff embraced Ten Hag on the field after the final whistle, as the Dutchman managed to end a troubled campaign on a high note.

Watching from the stands were United co-owners, Americans Joel and Avram Glazer, and British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

Speculation about Ten Hag’s future dominated the buildup, with widespread anticipation that he would lose his job regardless of the result after overseeing United’s worst league season in 34 years.

For City, the story was very different. After becoming the first English team to win four titles in a row, they aimed to set a new benchmark by completing back-to-back doubles. However, City’s parade in Manchester on Monday to celebrate their historic league success will not include the FA Cup.

City dominated possession in the first half, but United posed the more threatening attacks and took the lead through Garnacho.

The Argentine winger sparked panic in City’s defense when chasing a hopeful punt from Diogo Dalot deep in his half. Guardiola reached the ball first but his headed-back pass went over the onrushing City goalkeeper Ortega, leaving Garnacho with an open net to tap home.

If that goal benefited from luck, United’s second came from a slick attack. Garnacho was at the heart of it again, cutting in from the right wing and playing the ball to Bruno Fernandes.

The United captain hit a first-time no-look pass to Mainoo, who coolly slotted the ball past Ortega.

“It’s been a tough season with ups and downs. This is the only thing we’ve had to look forward to,” Mainoo said. “We knew we had to come together. The preparation for this game has been amazing. We’ve shown we can compete and win games.”

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