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Manchester United Clinches 2024 FA Cup in Thrilling Victory Over City Rivals

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Even though they had a difficult season, Manchester United was able to close things out with a thrilling victory over their city rivals, Manchester City in the FA Cup final. With their game-winning goals that eliminated Pep Guardiola’s team, Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo emerged as the match’s heroes.

Amad Diallo, Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo, Rasmus Hojlund

The Moment Of Transformation

From the very beginning, Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United put on a disciplined and intimidating performance. Garnacho’s first goal for United gave them the awaited lead after he took advantage of a mistake made by Stefan Ortega and Josko Gvardiol.

The situation got even better when Mainoo scored a beautiful shot to make it 2-0 after an incredible move involving Marcus Rashford, Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes.

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The Late Surge In The City

For the majority of the game Manchester City—who was hoping to win both the FA Cup and the league—seemed unfocused. Though, they succeed in shaking United’s bar through Erling Haaland’s shot.

With the second half drawing to a close City improved their performance and substitute Jeremy Doku scored three minutes before the end. But it was too late as United maintained their lead and took revenge for their loss in the FA cup game, the year before.

Sofyan Amrabat and Jeremy Doku

Consequences Of The Game

Manchester United won the FA Cup for a record 13 times capping a memorable season despite some setbacks. They will participate in Europa League once more the following season thanks to this victory.

But no matter how the final turns out there’s still uncertainty about their coach Erik ten Hag’s future. Rumor has it that he may be fired.

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Man Of The Match

The man of the match was Raphael Varane who was competing in his farewell game for United. Despite having fitness issues most of the season, he and Lisandro Martinez, his defensive partner were able to hold City’s attack and set up United’s victory.

Bruno Fernandes and Erik ten Hag

Player Ratings

Manchester City:

Ortega 5, Walker 7, Gvardiol 5, Ake 6, Stones 6, Rodri 6, Kovacic 6, De Bruyne 5, Foden 5, Silva 5, Haaland 5. Subs: Akanji 5, Doku 8, Alvarez 5.

Manchester United:

Onana 8, Wan-Bissaka 9, Dalot 8, Martinez 9, Varane 9, Amrabat 8, Mainoo 9, McTominay 8, Fernandes 8, Garnacho 9, Rashford 8.

In the end, the 2024 FA Cup final was a big game that had Manchester United win a big win over their city foes.

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