2024 FA Cup Final

2024 FA Cup Final Review

Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United come away victorious against cross-city rivals Manchester City at Wembley to win the 2024 FA Cup.

The second Manchester Derby to take place in an FA Cup Final was played under that iconic arch at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Manchester City and Manchester United vying for glory and local football bragging rights.

Pep Guardiola was looking to make it two consecutive wins in as many years in this competition, whilst Erik Ten Hag and his Manchester United side were seeking revenge after they were defeated by their cross-city rivals in last year’s final. City were also looking for an 8th FA Cup, whilst United were looking for their 13th – which would see them just one behind Arsenal’s current record of 14.

The game turned out to be an enthralling, tense, and entertaining contest as many expected. However, on this occasion, the reverse of last year’s final took place, with Ten Hag’s Red Devils coming away as 2 – 1 winners against the Cityzens in the English Capital on what was a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Whilst there is continued speculation around whether Erik Ten Hag will be Manchester United boss next season, but what is certain is that the club from the red side of Manchester has added to their extensive trophy cabinet.

There was drama within the first minute of the contest when City thought they had a penalty when they thought that Erling Haaland had been fouled in the area by Lisandro Martinez, but referee Andy Madley had none of it, and there was no penalty for the Cityzens (1’).

The first significant shot of the contest came for United through their Portuguese midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes, only for Stefan Ortega to make the save for their opponents (9’).

City was overall having the better of the play with more possession and control, and they came close to scoring themselves with just over 20 minutes gone when Erling Haaland had a go at goal, but the Norwegian’s effort was well blocked by United’s defenders (25’).

Despite this control, it was Manchester City who would concede first. It was a massive error from City’s backline when Josko Gvardiol headed the ball toward his goalkeeper just as Ortega was coming out, meaning that the ball went over him and it became an easy tap in for 1 – 0 for Alejandro Garnacho (29’).

United did then have the ball in the back of the City net again just a few moments later, only for Marcus Rashford’s goal to be ruled out as a result of Garnacho being offside in the build-up (37’).

Ten Hag’s Red Devils did not need to dwell on this for long, as just a short time after that, Rashford found Kobbie Mainoo in the penalty area who made it 2 – 0 to United before the half time whistle had blown (39’).

The half time whistle blew shortly after that to confirm what was a 2 – 0 lead for Manchester United at the break.

It was City who had the first significant opportunities of the second half. Firstly, there was a Phil Foden effort that got saved by Andre Onana (54’), before Erling Haaland then hit the crossbar with an effort just a minute later (55’).

Then, with just over half an hour remaining, Andre Onana was forced into a spectacular save to prevent a powerful, long-range effort from Kyle Walker from finding the back of the United net (59’).

Julian Alvarez then had an opportunity of his own to score just a few minutes later, only for the Argentine’s effort to be poked narrowly wide of the net, which kept it at 2 – 0 to Manchester United (64’).

Then, late on in the second half, Manchester City did successfully manage to make the last few moments of the match tense and thrilling. Pep Guardiola’s side managed to halve the deficit with only a few minutes remaining when Jeremy Doku’s low effort on goal managed to find the back of Andre Onana’s net to make it 2 – 1 (87’).

Despite an array of chances after that, no goals were added to the scoreline, and it was Manchester United who secured the 13th FA Cup of their illustrious history.

It was Manchester City who dominated possession with 73.6% of the ball, compared to 26.4% for United. Erik Ten Hag’s side did however have more shots on target with 5, whilst City had 4 in all.

Following Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium, Red Devils Head Coach Erik Ten Hag had the following to say (via the Manchester United Official Website): “As always the rivalry is always there and it is always much more important when you play against a team from your own city. For us it was not about this, it was about proving a point after having such a bad year with so many setbacks and all the injuries and every time we had to survive. The team showed so much resilience and I am so proud of them.

“Football is about winning trophies at the end of the day. I want to play the best football, attacking football, dynamic football. But in the end, you have to win games and trophies. That is the mentality we brought in and we had only one opportunity this season, in the FA Cup. I am very proud of the players and the staff because they did a fantastic job.”

Excitement and anticipation are growing ahead of the start of the 2024/25 Premier League season, which is set to finally get underway on Saturday 17th August 2024. The fixtures for the upcoming campaign are set to be released at 9am on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

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