Manchester City vs Manchester United FA Cup Final Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Man United taking place on Saturday, May 25th 2024.

 
6:00am on Saturday 25th May 2024
By
Jake Skudder

The stage is set for an epic showdown as Manchester City and Manchester United clash in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2024. This Manchester derby promises high stakes and intense drama, with City aiming to secure a historic back-to-back double after clinching the Premier League title, while United are desperate for silverware to salvage their season and secure European football.

Here's everything you need to know about the teams, their form, and our prediction for this thrilling encounter.

Team News and Lineups

Manchester City

Manchester City enters the final with a nearly clean bill of health.

Ederson is ruled out, but Stefan Ortega is likely to start as the ongoing FA Cup specialist between the sticks for City.

Key players like Mateo Kovacic and Nathan Ake are expected to be available after being benched during the final Premier League game against West Ham.

City's formidable lineup, led by manager Pep Guardiola, remains a force to be reckoned with, and at almost full strength they come in as heavy favourites.

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Manchester United

For Manchester United, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are likely to resume their defensive partnership, having returned for the final Premier League game.

However, several players are racing to be fit, including Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount, and Luke Shaw. Anthony Martial's involvement remains doubtful due to a groin injury.

Manager Erik ten Hag might stick with the 4-2-2-2 formation, deploying Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay as advanced midfielders.

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Form Guide

Manchester City

Manchester City has been in exceptional form, having recently secured the Premier League title for the fourth consecutive time.

Their relentless performance throughout the season and their ability to excel in crucial matches make them strong favourites here against the Red side of Manchester.

City's dominance in recent Manchester derbies only adds to their confidence heading into this final.

Manchester United

Manchester United's form throughout this season has been inconsistent, finishing eighth in the Premier League.

The FA Cup represents a critical opportunity for United to secure European football next season and boost morale for a club that has been in transition arguably since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Erik ten Hag faces immense pressure, and a victory could solidify his position amid potential summer changes, although with a wealth of great managerial options available right now, this could end up being his last hurrah with the Red Devils.

Head-to-Head Record

City has dominated recent encounters, winning seven of the last nine Manchester derbies, including both Premier League meetings this season.

United's last victory in the FA Cup against City dates back to 2011, highlighting City's recent supremacy in these high-stakes clashes.

Prediction

Given Manchester City's current form and their impressive record in recent derbies, it's tough to see them faltering in the final.

Manchester United will undoubtedly put up a strong fight, but City's tactical prowess and experience in big matches make them the favourites.

Our Prediction: Manchester City to win 2-0

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FAQ

When is the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United? The FA Cup final is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2024.

What time does the match kick off? The match will kick off at 3:00 PM BST.

Where will the FA Cup final be played? The final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.

What is the current form of Manchester City? Manchester City recently secured the Premier League title and have been in exceptional form throughout the season. They have shown dominance in recent Manchester derbies and are favourites heading into the final.

What is the current form of Manchester United? Manchester United finished eighth in the Premier League and have had an inconsistent season. The FA Cup final represents a crucial opportunity for them to secure European football and end the season on a high note.

Who are the key players to watch in the final? For Manchester City, Phil Foden has been a standout performer, while key players like Mateo Kovacic and Nathan Ake are also expected to play significant roles. For Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay are crucial in their midfield setup.

Are there any major injuries affecting the teams? Manchester City will be without Ederson, but Stefan Ortega is set to start as the cup specialist. Manchester United has several players racing to be fit, including Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount, and Luke Shaw. Anthony Martial is unlikely to feature due to a groin injury.

What is the head-to-head record between Manchester City and Manchester United? Manchester City has won seven of the last nine Manchester derbies across all competitions, including both Premier League meetings this season. United's last FA Cup victory over City was in 2011.

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