Manchester City: Treble on the horizon
Manchester City enters the final as the pre-match favourites, having clinched the Premier League title and displaying dominant form throughout their FA Cup campaign.
Under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola, City have been relentless, scoring an impressive 17 goals without conceding in their five previous matches in the competition.
Guardiola has urged his squad to “disconnect” in the build-up to such a huge clash in the hope they can refocus after failing to win their final two league clashes of the season (D1, L1)
City are yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup. In the Football League era (since 1888-89), only two teams have won the trophy without conceding a goal – Preston North End in 1889 and Bury in 1903.
Manchester United: Ten Hag’s treble deniers
Manchester United, are no strangers to success themselves being one of Football’s most decorated clubs, but it is their rivals who are starting to emulate the Reds’ previous successes, something which cannot happen if you’re a red.
United have already lifted the Carabao Cup this season and will be determined to deny their local rivals from matching their accomplishments of the famous treble in ’99.
United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, has emphasised that the final is not just about stopping City, but about winning the FA Cup.
United finished the Premier League season in the top three, riding a wave of momentum with four consecutive victories confirming top 4 status and Champions League football.