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Man City vs Man United LIVE: FA Cup final start time, line-ups and latest updates

Pep Guardiola offers advice to journalist after ‘offensive’ question

Manchester City face rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final today with a double-double on the line at Wembley Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side, a week on from their fourth successive Premier League title, face a United side low on confidence after a turbulent season under Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman’s future is under intense speculation, with a summer of change anticipated at Old Trafford, but an unlikely victory over the champions could prove vital to convince Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team to persevere with him for next season.

“I am just focusing on the job I have to do and that is first win the game on Saturday and then we are in the project,” Ten Hag said when quizzed on his future. “Keep going in the project. I came here to win trophies and Saturday is another opportunity.”

Follow all the build-up, team news and updates from Wembley Stadium before kick-off below:

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But Shaw is England’s first choice at left-back and has started there at the past two major tournaments, with Southgate admitting he will give the Manchester United defender every chance to make the tournament.

He is not, of course, available to United today.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 11:48

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Kyle Walker does not believe many teams would be capable of matching Manchester City’s historic haul of four successive Premier League titles.

City pipped Arsenal to yet another league crown on Sunday to set a new record, and could add the FA Cup to their trophy collection this weekend as they look to complete back-to-back doubles.

Asked if Pep Guardiola’s men get the credit they deserve, 33-year-old Walker told Sky Sports: “I don’t think we’re not appreciated, I think we are and we get the plaudits that we rightly deserve.

“But I think to do what we’ve done year in, year out, I don’t think many teams would be able to do that, especially in this Premier League.”

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 11:36

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City, fresh from celebrating their historic fourth successive Premier League title, face a United side sore from finishing way back in eighth place at Wembley on Saturday.

Yet Guardiola is taking nothing for granted.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 11:24

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An eye-watering injury list has been compounded by underperforming players and poor decision-making in what has been a campaign to forget for all connected with the Old Trafford club.

United bowed out of Europe before Christmas and stumbled home in eighth place – their lowest finish of the Premier League era – to heap pressure on Ten Hag as Ineos consider how to take the club back to the top.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 11:12

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Manchester United enter Erik’s Last Stand ahead of inevitable summer of change

“Every season you review it and then we will see where we are in the project and the things that we have to change,” said Ten Hag. For many, the question of change revolves around the dugout.

If nothing else, the Dutchman is good at message discipline. “I am just focusing on this game as I do on every game,” he said, shrugging off talk that, like Louis van Gaal, he could bid farewell to United in an FA Cup final, even if it is won. Yet there are times when his chosen messages seem retrofitted.

Richard Jolly’s feature on what might be the Man United boss’ final game in charge:

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 11:00

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Man City vs Man United – FA Cup final LIVE

United recorded their lowest-ever Premier League finish by coming eighth, while crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage, and could lose a second consecutive FA Cup final to City.

But Guardiola, who knows Ten Hag from their time together at Bayern Munich, objected to the culture where managers are branded failures if they don’t claim silverware by arguing that only one team can win but that others can still do well.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 10:48

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Rodri insists Manchester City beat out Arsenal in the Premier League title due to their superior “mentality”, while criticising Mikel Arteta’s side for their lack of ambition when facing off at the Etihad Stadium.

The Spanish midfielder clinched victory for the champions against West Ham on Sunday to secure a fourth-successive title and finish two points clear of the Gunners.

And Rodri explained how City’s “mentality” proved decisive in a gripping title race against Arsenal.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 10:36

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Marcus Rashford was left out of England’s provisional squad for Euro 2024 following a turbulent season at Manchester United. Here, we look at what has gone wrong for the forward in recent months, including form and how his 2023/24 campaign progressed following a free-scoring season last time.

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 10:24

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As for United, well they’ve definitely had a far easier passage overall, but they’ve also come through one big test…and rode their luck on probably three occasions. They came close to an exit more than once but somehow found a way to their 22nd final – an FA Cup record.

Man United’s route to the FA Cup final:

3rd round – Wigan 0 United 2 (Dalot, Fernandes)

4th round – Newport 2 United 4 (Fernandes, Mainoo, Antony, Hojlund)

5th round – Nottingham Forest 0 United 1 (Casemiro)

QF – United 4 Liverpool 3 (AET) (McTominay, Antony, Rashford, Diallo)

SF – Coventry 3 United 3 (AET, 2-4 on pens) (McTominay, Maguire, Fernandes)

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 10:12

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It certainly hasn’t been plain sailing for Pep’s team to reach Wembley this year – though they’ve had a couple of blowout wins and beat a couple of potential rivals without conceding along the way.

Man City’s route to the FA Cup final:

3rd round – City 5 Huddersfield 0 (Foden 2, Alvarez, Doku, Jackson OG)

4th round – Spurs 0 City 1 (Ake)

5th round – Luton 2 City 6 (Haaland 5, Kovacic)

QF – City 2 Newcastle 0 (Silva 2)

SF – City 1 Chelsea 0 (Silva)

Karl Matchett25 May 2024 10:00

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