FA Cup Final 2023 recap: What happened when Man City faced arch-rivals United last year?

The 2024 FA Cup final will see a Manchester derby in a repeat of last year’s final, where Premier League champions Manchester City beat their arch-rivals 2-1 to lift the title and move closer to a historic treble (which he later achieved after winning). Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League final).

Manchester United, the only English club to win the treble, had a chance to prevent their ‘noisy neighbour’ from achieving the same feat in the 2022-23 season by frustrating them in the FA Cup title clash.

However, the Red Devils got off to the worst possible start after Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring after just 12 seconds, becoming the fastest scorer in FA Cup final history, a record previously held by Everton Louis Saha (scored after 25 seconds) in the 2009 Cup Final, where the Toffees lost 2-1 to Chelsea.

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Gundogan stepped up excellently with a right-footed volley from outside the penalty area.

Pep Guardiola’s men were eager to take advantage and had a chance shortly after the first match. Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick inside the area Rodri headed narrowly wide. Haaland also had a chance to double the lead, but his shot went just over the goal.

These missed opportunities gave United some confidence and they began to look for an equaliser. He maintained good periods of possession and the efforts paid off when VAR confirmed that the ball had hit Jack Grealish’s hands inside the area. Bruno Fernandes stepped up and successfully converted the penalty to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute. United maintained their dominance in the remaining minutes of the first half and came close to taking the lead after a header from Raphael Varane from a corner that went over the crossbar.

What Guardiola said at half-time worked, as City came out on top in the second half and took the lead in the 51st minute. It was captain Gundogan again, this time striking the ball with his left foot for the first time into the corner bottom left of the network.

Rashford came close to equalizing for the Red Devils but was unable to convert with his shot from outside the area. City thought they had taken a two-goal lead at the other end after Gudogan tapped in the rebound from Haaland’s effort. However, the Manchester City captain was denied his hat-trick after the referee disallowed the goal after Gundogan was shown to be in an offside position when Haaland attempted the initial shot.

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Manuel Akanji also came close to scoring at the far post when Bernardo Silva fired a ball into the goal.

With time running out, United turned to kitchen football, and their efforts almost earned them a goal, with Alejandro Garnacho missing the target and Scott McTominay’s shot saved by Stefan Ortega.

The match ended after six minutes of added time, with City winning 2-1.

While City’s dream of repeating the treble ended with their quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League, they can win the domestic double having made history by winning their fourth consecutive Premier League title. Erik Ten Hag’s United will seek to save a disappointing season by culminating it with titles.