Man City vs Man Utd – Final – Preview & Prediction | 2022-23 English FA Cup
When is Man City vs Man Utd on and what time does it start? Man City vs Man Utd will take place on Saturday 3rd June, 2023 – 15:00 (UK)
Where is Man City vs Man Utd taking place? Man City vs Man Utd will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England
Where can I get tickets for Man City vs Man Utd? Visit each team’s official website for the latest ticket information
What TV channel is Man City vs Man Utd on in the UK? BBC and ITV share the rights to FA Cup matches so it is worth checking their schedules for Man City vs Man Utd
Where can I stream Man City vs Man Utd in the UK? If televised on BBC, Man City vs Man Utd can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app. If televised on ITV, the match can be streamed live on ITVX
Man City aim to complete part two of what could be a historic treble when they face their city rivals at Wembley in a first ever Manchester Derby in an FA Cup final. Having overturned a points deficit to overtake Arsenal in the race for the Premier League title, the confidence will be high in the City camp, with their defeat on the final day of the league season to Brentford unlikely to have caused any negative feelings given that the trophy was already in the bag.
Many see this match as City’s biggest obstacle to winning the treble, especially as they lost to Erik ten Hag’s men when they last met in the Premier League, but City are undoubtedly the favourites as they seek a seventh FA Cup in the club’s history.
After winning the League Cup in February, Erik ten Hag has another opportunity to win silverware in his first season in charge of Man Utd, and ruin Man City’s treble hopes in the process.
Although there were one or two wobbles towards the end of the Premier League season, Man Utd secured a Champions League spot by finishing third and there is plenty of hope among the Utd fans that they can mount a serious title challenge next season. That belief will be given even greater weight should they defeat their local rivals in this cup final.
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Pep Guardiola has a big decision to make when it comes to who starts in goal as Stefan Ortega has played every minute of City’s domestic cup competitions this season. However, given the magnitude of the fixture, Pep Guardiola may well turn to first-choice stopper Ederson.
There are a number of injury concerns that Guardiola has to deal with here. Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish have all been carrying knocks of late and it remains to be seen which of those assets recover in time for the final. Grealish missed the last two Premier League games of the season so Pep may turn to Phil Foden, who scored a hat-trick against Man Utd earlier on in the season.
PREDICTED XI (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden; Haaland
QUESTIONABLE: Dias (Injured), Akanji (Injured), De Bruyne (Injured), Grealish (Injured)
Luke Shaw’s return to training is a welcome boost for Man Utd, and the England international is set to replace Tyrell Malacia at left-back. On the opposite side, meanwhile, Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks the likeliest candidate at right-back, although Diogo Dalot represents another option.
Ten Hag has stated that Antony has a decent chance of returning for the final after a foot injury kept him out of the win over Fulham on the final day of the league season. Alejandro Garnacho will be waiting in the wings should Antony fail to recover, however. Anthony Martial has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury, so Marcus Rashford is poised to take the central striker’s role.
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford
UNAVAILABLE: Jones (Injured), Martinez (Injured), Van de Beek (Injured), Sabitzer (Injured), Martial (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Heaton (Fitness), Antony (Injured)
There is no doubt that Man Utd will be fired up for this, with the duel goal of winning the FA Cup and preventing Man City from emulating their 1999 treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League success. However, this City side know that history is within their grasp and they are likely to grasp it with both hands. They have the edge all over the pitch, and although Man Utd will make things as difficult as possible, City should emerge with the trophy.
TIP: MAN CITY TO WIN